sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Eleven days until entries close
2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Eleven days until entries close


'Wild Oats XI may even break her own record this year given the right conditions.'    ROLEX-Carlo Borlenghi    Click Here to view large photo

With just 11 days until entries for the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race close, 84 entries have been received by the organising authority, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.

Recent entries include Midnight Rambler, the Ker 40 owned by Ed Psaltis, Bob Thomas and Michael Bencsik, which was the 70th entry received, reigning race record holder Wild Oats XI, Bob Oatley’s ever-evolving super maxi, and Spirit of Mateship, the Volvo 60 formerly raced as Southern Excellence.

Midnight Rambler will be pushing hard for a second overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. -  ROLEX-Daniel Forster  

Since launching the latest Midnight Rambler in 2011, Psaltis, Thomas and Bencsik, who won the storm ravaged 1998 Sydney Hobart race with a Hick 35, AFR Midnight Rambler, have scored various podium finishes.

The trio was second overall in this year’s Gosford Lord Howe Island Yacht Race; second in IRC Division 2 in last year’s Hobart; third in the CYCA’s 2012-2013 Blue Water Pointscore Series and second in the Cape Byron Series (ORCi component of the BWPS). With three races complete, Midnight Rambler is seventh in the CYCA’s 2013-2014 BWPS.

'We’re really pleased with how the boat’s been performing recently,' Michael Bencsik said. 'We’ve upgraded the sail wardrobe to lift the light air performance,' he said.

'It’s a good all-round boat. Her ideal conditions are 12-15 knots. At 20 knots, she’s able to hang onto the larger boats (42 to 50 footers) in the fleet. We’ll be benchmarking our capacity against the newest Ker 46 when it’s launched (Tony Kirby’s latest Patrice), as well as Celestial, Quest and Victoire,' Bencsik added.

Between them, Midnight Rambler’s owners and their crew have 120 Hobart races under their belts. They are chasing a second overall win in the annual blue water classic.

Spirit of Mateship will be crewed by 10 wounded, injured, or ill existing and former Australian Defence Force personnel, to raise money for the Mates4Mates -  Donna Sinopoli  
Spirit of Mateship will be crewed by ten wounded, injured, or ill existing and former Australian Defence Force personnel, known as ‘Brave Mates’, to raise money for the Mates4Mates charity. Mates4Mates was established to provide support to wounded, injured and ill members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and their families.

The nominated Mates will participate in a series of training activities to ensure all are ready for what awaits come December 26.

Led by skipper Russell McCarte, the Brave Mates will be stretched physically and psychologically to develop both individual and team skills such as fortitude, strength, resilience and resourcefulness to name a few. By experiencing and conquering any negative aspects, the individuals and teammates can overcome adversity.

Since recording her second historic treble of line honours, overall win and setting a new race record last year, Wild Oats XI has undergone further modifications that include having a radical, retractable, hydrofoil-type wing fitted in a bid to make her even faster when sailing downwind.

The fitting of the wing is the latest in a string of modifications aimed at keeping the eight-year-old super maxi competitive against more recent designs.

These changes have led to Richards and crew affectionately referring to the yacht as ‘the Swiss Army Knife’, due to the number of appendages she now boasts: the new wing, a retractable forward rudder, two retractable daggerboards, the canting keel, and the conventional rudder at the stern.

The modifications were put to the test for the first time under racing conditions at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in August and the consensus was that they improved the yacht’s performance.

Peter Harburg’s Volvo 70 Black Jack will be amongst the strong fleet lining up for the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart. -  © Andrea Francolini - Rolex  

International entries have risen to 20 with the addition of two more Clipper boats – the 68 footers which competed in the last four editions of the Clipper Round the World Race and are now used primarily as training vessels.

Piers Dudin will skipper CV5, the former Gold Coast Australia which outstandingly won the 2011-2012 Clipper race under the direction of Aussie Richard Hewson; while Jim Dobie will skipper CV10, which as Derry-Londonderry, finished eighth overall in 2011-2012.

Clipper Race founder Sir Robin Knox-Johnson returns for his second Rolex Sydney Hobart to navigate one of the Clipper 68s. This will be the first time the Clipper yachts have entered the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the first time Sir Robin has raced against the other Clipper teams.

Other entrants registered for the 69th edition of the race include Peter Harburg’s Volvo 70 Black Jack (formerly Telefonica), Tam Faragher’s Ker 50 Kerumba, Darryl Hodgkinson’s updated Victoire and Colin Woods’ Pretty Fly III, both Cookson 50s.

So far, Australian entries have been received from NSW, Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.

Originally expecting a fleet of around 80 yachts, the CYCA is now anticipating at least 90 yachts will be on the start line for the 628 nautical mile race which starts at 1.00pm AEDT on Boxing Day.

Entries for the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2013 close on Friday 1 November 2013 at 1700hrs AEDT.

The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be broadcast live on the Seven Network throughout Australia and the Australia Network throughout the Asia Pacific Region, and webcast live to a global audience on Yahoo!7.

Official race website:


by Jennifer Crooks

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=115926

3:47 AM Mon 21 Oct 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

16 Sep 2013  69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 100 days until the start
22 Jul 2013  69th Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race - Entries now open






News - USA and the World







International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video by Mark Jardine / YachtsandYachting.com,




Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,
























Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games by Anna Tunnicliffe, Pittsburgh, PA
























Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek by Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014,








2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Waiting game on Day 3
International Moth Worlds: Thunderstorms delay racing on Day 1
Fuerteventura World Cup - Impressive tricks on day 1
2014 Governor's Cup - Two former winners in the finals
America's Cup: Iain Murray explains reasons for Australian withdrawal *Feature
Wilson and Roble remain number one match racers in U.S.
2014 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Set to start
PWA Pozo World Cup - Moreno twins dominate home spot
ISAF Youth Worlds - Record breaking regatta in Tavira + Video
Melges 32 European Championship - Robertissima remains out front
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Italians take one-point lead
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
New York Yacht Club Race Week - Marstrom 32 fleet off to anxious start
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 3 images by Max Ranchi
CYC Race to Mackinac - Cruising fleet sets sail in 106th edition
Team Alvimedica getting a touchup
PWA Pozo World Cup - Plenty of drama on day 5
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship - Day 5 Videos
NYYC Race Week - High performance classes put on shoreside show
2014 Pacific Cup - 'Invisible Hand' the first boat to finish
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - B.C.'s Eric Holden skippers wins   
America's Cup: Updates on Team Australia withdraw   
J/70 North American titles - Brian Keane moves to top of leaderboard   
2016-2017 America's Cup - Team Australia withdraws   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander takes charge   
America's Cup: Team NZ disappointed, but on track after Australians go   
America's Cup: Hamilton Island decides not to proceed with Challenge.   
America's Cup: Challenger of Record withdraws from Regatta   
WWA Wakeboard National Championships head to Waco   
Farr 40 West Coast Championship - Day 2   
RP52 Scarlet Runner sails in San Francisco   
2014 Governor's Cup - Nevin Snow and team on form   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Americans claim silver medals in Tavira   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Day 1   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Carlo Borlenghi   
Windsurfing and Kiteboarding World Cup to take place on Fuerteventura   
ISAF Youth Worlds - Medals decided in thrilling Tavira conclusion   
7th Annual Swim for Cystic Fibrosis to take place July 21st   
Melges 32 European Championship - Day 2 images by Max Ranchi   
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek, Day 2 - It just keeps getting better   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT