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 29 Dec 2011
 


If you're a sailor – likely enough if you are reading this – then all the buzz at the moment is about the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race. After a nip-and-tuck race, Investec Loyal squeezed across the finish line just three minutes in front Wild Oats XI, after 623 nm and three lead changes in the last part of the race. There's a full Rolex Sydney-Hobart newsletter on the way, which will provide a full round-up.

The ‘public' part of the race - Line Honours – is over, but of course the sailors' part – the Tattersalls Cup handicap prize - is still running.

Geoff Hill's TP52 Strewth, a Hong Kong boat, is still in the hunt, but sadly another HK boat Ffreefire 52, skippered by Russ Parker, is back at the CYCA in Sydney having retired. “It's a long story,” said Parker. “We were unable to either reef of hoist the tri-sail, so we could not cross the Bass Strait. Everyone safe and sound, but a bit blue.” (All boats in the Hobart Race are required to declare themselves ‘good to go' before passing Gabo Island at the southern tip of New South Wales and entering the Bass Strait, so this was a real race-stopper).

Back in Asia, sailors are getting ready for the first calendar event of the year, the Royal Langkawi International Regatta. If you're up for some racing around scenic, sea eagles, and some grade A parties, this is for you. Check out the website www.langkawiregatta.com

We're almost into 2012 – welcome to the New Year, and welcome to another 12 months of warm-weather sailing! In the next newsletter we'll be providing a full list of the sailing events of 2012 in the region – well, as full as we can. Sharpen your pencils, and prepare to mark your diaries.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Rolex Sydney Hobart - Line honours finish closest in years
Alex Bocage,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Anthony Bell's Investec Loyal fended off repeated challenges from Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI to win, in the closest finish in the last 29 years, by just three minutes and eight seconds. The competition for line honours in this race was one of the closest in its 67 year history with the two Australian maxis gunning for each other from the moment the canon was fired... [more]
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Giant Malaysia sponsors 10th Royal Langkawi International Regatta
RLIR Media,
GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the owner of Giant hypermarket and retail chain in Malaysia, will continue its loyal partnership with the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club (RLYC) by supporting and joining on board as a Silver Sponsor for the Royal Langkawi International Regatta (RLIR) 2012.... [more]
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Cross-Strait licences for Xiamen/Taiwan sailors
What's On Xiamen,
According to the report, Xiamen and Taiwan authorities have made historic breakthrough on issues such as mutual reorganization of the yacht sailing license issued by each side. The two sides will work together to formulate a training program and jointly compile educational materials.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Cyclone risk in Coral Sea
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – One of the major features of the race from the Gold Coast on the east coast of Australia to Singapore, other than the fact that it will be the longest time so far that the crews will have spent at sea in a single stretch, is wind: not enough of it, a situation the teams are enduring today, or altogether too much.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Boat loading operation a success
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The five Volvo Open 70s are being transported to the start of the second stage of leg two in the northern Emirates in the latest stage of the anti-piracy plan after a nerve-wracking operation to load the 15-tonne boats went perfectly. Sailors, shore crews and race organisers worked round the clock to complete the risky task... [more]
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More images from the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sail-World.com,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - We share more images from the 67th edition of the Blue Water Classic, shot by photographers Kurt Arrigio and Daniel Forster. The galley includes shots from the stunning line honours finish of Investec Loyal. Enjoy!... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Investec Loyal's line honours win threatened
Di Pearson,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Committee has protested Investec Loyal's line honours win this evening. The Protest Hearing will be held by the International Jury at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania at 10.00 AEST tomorrow, Thursday 29th December.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart; Crosbie Lorimer's Images from Loyal's Finish
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's first images of Loyal's finish here in Hobart. It was a remarkable spectacle to watch the battle of the two big boats as they reached up the river to the finish, at times no more than 200 metres apart.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart finish images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Rolex Sydney Hobart finish images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 Yet another lead change!!!
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 - Last night Mark Richards and his Wild Oats XI crew, looking for their sixth line honours win sailed out of the breeze under a large cloud and Anthony Bell's Loyal team sailed around their floundering rival into the lead and it took the Oats XI team 12 hours to regain the lead.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart – Should Tracking output be delayed?
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
While tracking allows everyone ashore to follow the race, do you think it should be off the Internet menu for the racing fleet, or perhaps even delayed? If the Volvo Ocean Race and the Transpac provide delayed tracking only, giving tacticians and crews back the chance to gamble... should the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race organisers, the CYCA now be looking seriously at taking that same path?... [more]
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Christmas Day Clash: Sea Shepherd Drones find Japanese Whaling Fleet
Sail-World Cruising,
While the we of the lucky sailing world were either lounging in cockpits on pre-prepared Christmas snacks or at home with the family on Christmas Day, there's not much Christmas aboard in the Southern Ocean where there is a David and Goliath clash going on between Sea Shepherd and the Japanese Whaling Fleet - with one big difference. Sea Shepherd is using drones... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - From canoe with a bed sheet sail to Wild Oats XI
Rob Mundle,
Bob Oatley was 11-years-old when he first ventured onto Sydney Harbour under sail. The canoe had cost a lot of money for a young lad back then – two shillings and sixpence – and once that transaction was complete he set about converting it into a sailboat because sailing appealed a lot more than paddling.... [more]
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Spirit of Christmas catches up with Volvo Ocean Race crews + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race crews have been nabbed by the spirit of Christmas and the merry sailors have been prompted to break into an original rendition of the classic carol ‘Jingle Bells'. White water has replaced snow and there is a boat instead of a sleigh, but at least some crews' wet-weather gear is festively coloured red.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - First TP52 ever built to compete
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - In the history of ocean racing there have been signature boats, designs and events that have reverberated through the sport. Think of Windward Passage II, the first carbon fibre maxi that in one season rendered aluminium maxis obsolete and led directly to today's high tech supermaxis.... [more]
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