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Weather fronts key to 2011 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race

When it comes to blue water classics, this is the big one! The 67th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart race is now just three days and some hours away.

The 628 nautical mile race starts from Sydney Harbour at 1.00pm on Boxing Day, December 26 and heads south to Tasmania.


2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart start in Sydney Harbour  Daniel Forster/Rolex Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex



80 hours ahead of the race start, northerly winds are predicted for the start with a tropical cyclone generated following swell and after some hours of running, the first of the southerly fronts will hit the fleet some time on night one.

Depending on how much wind strength there is the southerly the big ocean swell rolling south and the new southerly swell, will randomly produce some interesting wave patterns for the 88 boat fleet and Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI, the six times line honours winner, will be mostly likely be the first to be tested. It could be a drama filled first night; there have been many of these in the past.

Then the weather models diverge, some have a significant second front hitting the fleet and that weather system or the absence there of could well decide the outcome of the race.

While the mainstream media will as always follow the line honours battle, here at Sail-World we will focus on the handicap battles across the fleet.

Most Hobart races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent River to the Hobart finish.

This has been cause of much heartache and grief in the last 66 Hobart races because the breeze up the Derwent River goes to sleep at night.

A boat arriving at the Iron Pot 11 miles from the finish line might have averaged ten knots from Eddystone Light to Storm Bay. However it may take two or three or four hours to go the last eleven miles depending just how tired the Derwent is.

Many a boat has been famous at 20:00 hours, but at 03:00 was drifting up the Derwent.

You see the wind gods use the Sydney Hobart race to remind mortals that most things in life are about timing.

We have an interesting fleet again this year from the tiny 30 footer Maluka of Kermandie, with 18 year old Peter Langman as skipper, Jessica Watson's Sydney 38 Ella Bache (one of eight in the fleet) to New York Yacht Club Rear Commodore Rives Potts 1969 built 48 footer Carina. Then there is the slew of TP52s and upwards.

Over the next three days we will bring you colour and movement, so stay with us and we will follow the race in great detail - as we do.

Right now you can catch up with some of the key pre-race stories ...


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Rolex Sydney Hobart - its all about timing
Rob Kothe,
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent.... [more]
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Sydney 38s gear up for Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Jacqueline Levett,
Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, has upped the stakes for the seasoned sailors of the Sydney 38 fleet in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart this year. Behind the fame and glory of the large maxis, last year's ocean race proved it ain't over until the smaller fleet crosses the line.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Race record ruled out
Jim Gale,
Early weather forecasts for the Rolex Sydney Hobart delivered to a panel of skippers this morning have ruled out a record run for the super maxis.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Winning on handicap
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – The race for line honours in the 628 nautical mile race is pretty straightforward. The fastest and largest boat wins. But winning the race on handicap, the ultimate prize for every ocean racer, is a much more complex business.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race record due to be broken
KPMS,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 - Over its sixty-seven year history, the race record at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has only been broken ten times, an average of once every six and a half years. Given that the current fastest elapsed time of one day, eighteen hours, forty minutes and ten seconds was set in 2005, statistics suggest that the feat is due to be surpassed again.... [more]
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Sydney to Hobart 2010 photos by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
Sydney to Hobart 2010 images from photographer Carlo Borlenghi... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Won and lost in the dark
Jim Gale,
Ed Psaltis and Bob Thomas have always believed the exhausting marathon down the NSW coast and across eastern Bass Strait can be won and lost in the dark.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy - Passage Series: Calm outstanding
Di Pearson,
Sailing alongside the yachts in the four-day Rolex Trophy Rating Series, 21 yachts graced the start line off Shark Island. The TP52 Calm's performance was outstanding, Van Der Slot going on to win the race overall under IRC from Leslie Green's Swan 601 Ginger and Vamp, the Corby 49 owned by CYCA Commodore Garry Linacre and Past Commodore David Fuller.... [more]
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Rolex Trophy – Rating Series: A run for her money
Di Pearson,
Rob Hanna's new Shogun V is giving Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan a run for her money at the Rolex Trophy – Rating Series. Sunday's passage race will complete the series and decide the winner. In Division 2, Andrew Parkes sailed the X-41 Matrix to a win.... [more]
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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge - Wild Oats XI gets the gun
Lisa Ratcliff,
Wild Oats XI and Investec Loyal were well within shouting distance as they hit the line side by side for the start of the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge. With five Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours wins and now five SOLAS Big Boat Challenge bullets under their belts, Richards and the rest of the crew can feel confident.... [more]
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Rodriguez skippered Merit to contest Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Ian Grant,
Merit, the former Globe race Volvo 60 will have plenty of loyal supporters when Whitsunday SC's Leo Rodriguez contests the gruelling Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starting on Boxing Day. Every person who has either experienced sailing on this famed 1997 vintage Volvo race yacht along with her huge fan club of international, national and Whitsunday Sailing Club members will again monitor progress.... [more]
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Is the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the pocket of the 50s? (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part One, we investigated the furious 50s and why they need to be watched closely in the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart, which will be the 67th race down South. Now another former TP52 out there will be Rob Hanna's 2007, blue Judel-Vrolijk penned vessel.... [more]
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One for the Road prepares to take on another Sydney Hobart
Will Canty,
This weekend Newcastle Yacht Club sailor Kim Butler's One for the Road, an Archambault A40 sets sail to Port Stephens beginning their work up to the 2011 Rolex Sydney to Hobart.... [more]
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Is the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the pocket of the 50s? (Part I)
John Curnow,
Once upon a time, the term Pocket was applied to things like Battleships and Maxi racing yachts. You could even say it suited to the venerable Jumbo of the skies, the 747, with its SP derivation early on in its model cycle. The underlying principle for all of these variations on a theme is the same.... [more]
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Wharington's Wild Thing ready for Sydney Hobart line honours challenge
Tracey Johnstone,
Sneaking softly back into the maxi yacht scene with Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours its primary goal, is a sinister, powerful looking yacht. Grant Wharington's 30 metre Wild Thing, painted black from the hull to the boom and then right up to the top of the massive 41 metre mast, projects an alluring image of power.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Kiwi attack
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sailors from West Auckland have arrived in Sydney for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race aboard a boat named after a popular New Zealand TV show. Lining up for the Rolex Sydney Hobart has been a long held dream for the owner/skipper who, like many of his countrymen, has tried to crack into the circle of crew who make the lucky final draft for the annual ocean race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean Affinity aims for top 20
Carolyn Lewis,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2011 starts on Boxing Day (26th December) when a mum of two and Melbourne QC are to join Brisbane sailing boat Ocean Affinity. Brisbane mum, Danielle Kendall from Hamilton, Brisbane will be joining the crew for her second Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht. This mother of two young children takes to the Ocean as the only girl in a 12 'man' crew.... [more]
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Queenslanders preparing for Rolex Sydney Hobart
Ian Grant,
Internationally respected Mooloolaba Ocean racing yachtsman Andrew Turton will take a welcome break from the cold European winter to be home for Christmas.... [more]
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Wild Oats XI to contest Jeanneau King of the Derwent
Peter Campbell,
The super-maxi Wild Oats XI, one of the world's fastest and technically advanced ocean racing yachts, has been entered for Tasmania's iconic harbour race, the spectacular King of the Derwent on Hobart's River Derwent. This will be the first time the five-time Sydney Hobart Race line honours winner and race record holder has contested the King of the Derwent, conducted by the Derwent Sailing Sq... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race preview
KPMS,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 starts from Sydney Harbour on 26 December at 13.00 AEDT. 26 December is normally a day of rest for those that celebrate Christmas wholeheartedly, using the opportunity to relax from the feasting and excess. Not so the crews of the 93 yachts currently aiming to be on the start line of the 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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Cougar II to replace Valheru for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Peter Campbell,
Tony Lyall, who is a member of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, will campaign for the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with his new TP52 Cougar II which is replacing his well-known Elliot 13 Valheru. The TP52 is one of the world's top performing grand prix ocean racing yachts and is also Victorian based.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart media launch images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Andrea Francolini sent these images from today's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race media launch, conducted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - A major drawcard
Lisa Ratcliff,
For the 2011 edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race, all Australian states are represented on the starter's list, while six international entries will sail for the UK, USA, France, New Zealand and Hong Kong.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Race - Victoire firms after win
Di Pearson,
Darryl Hodgkinson's Beneteau 45, finished the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 180 nautical mile race Cabbage Tree Island Race shortly before 1.30am this morning. Second was Ed Psaltis/Bob Thomas/Michael Bencsik's new Ker 40, AFR Midnight Rambler.... [more]
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Cabbage Tree Island Yacht Race warm-up for RSHYR entries
Di Pearson,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's one-hundred and eighty mile Cabbage Tree Island Race will get underway tomorrow night at 7:00pm with a thirty-two strong fleet. The race is a qualifier for the CYCA's six-hundred and twenty eight mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which is set to get underway on Boxing Day.... [more]
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Questionable Logic to take on Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Ian Grant,
The personal ocean racing and endurance skills of Terry Archer will be challenged when he and the crew of Questionable Logic represent the Whitsunday Sailing Club in the 628n/ml Rolex Sydney Hobart Race which is set to begin on Boxing Day.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 - even 100 nominated
Lisa Ratcliff,
Australia's richest horse race has been run and won and now another summer sporting icon is on the radar with the close of applications for entry marking the start of the countdown to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - On to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Peter Campbell,
In the Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, all but one of the eight yachts that contested have been nominated for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, including the line honours winner The Stick and handicap division winners Wild Rose (IRC) and Quetzalcoatl (PHS).... [more]
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Legendary Bob Robertson's burning desire
Ian Grant,
While a storm tormenting the Tasman Sea may not be a place to discuss events of the day over a quiet lunch, it has become apparent that no one has mentioned this to the legendary skipper Bob Robertson. Some time ago the self appointed ‘Knight of Queensland ocean racing' stated he was done with the unfinished business of trying to win the gruelling 628 nautical mile blue water classic.... [more]
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Another Challenge - Jessica Watson and crew training for Hobart
Sean Lindsell,
Week 2 of training for Jessica Watson's Team Another Challenge crew. They are training for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race as the youngest team ever to compete.... [more]
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2010 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
26/12/10
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