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Rolex Sydney Hobart Wild Oats XI takes number eight By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, , 3:55 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
Wild Oats XI finished at 303pm, with her big A2 flying. Her elapsed time was two days two hours three minutes and twenty six seconds 02:02:03:26 That was some eight hours outside the race record she set in 2012 of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats XI scores comfortable 8th win By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 3:49 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) has crossed the finish line for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race to take her eighth win in the offshore classic. She crossed the finish line in the Derwent River sailing on port tack with a big asymmetrical headsail flying, and accompanied by a bevy of spectator craft as she crossed the finish line at 3.00pm local time. ...

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - First arrivals imminent By Regattanews, , 2:22 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Wild Oats XI is still leading the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart, some 38-nm from Hobart, and hoping to close in on a record eighth line honours win. ...

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Comanche hasn't quit yet By Jim Gale, RSHYR Media, , 1:56 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The crew on the American super maxi Comanche have not thrown in the towel. They do not believe the race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is over despite Wild Oats XI’s commanding lead. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – Wild Oats XI speeding towards victory By Jim Gale, RSHYR Media, , 1:42 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s 10 year-old super maxi Wild Oats XI is racing towards an historic eighth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart this morning. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Wild Oats rounds Tasman Island By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 12:57 AM Sun 28 Dec 2014 GMT
Seven time race winner, Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) looks set to take her eighth win, after rounding Tasman Island just before noon, local time. The supermaxi rounded the landmark with a ten mile lead over the US supermaxi Comanche and has about 35nm to sail in a direct line to the finish line off Hobart. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Back markers in for a pummeling as front hits By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:15 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the front runners in the Rolex Sydney Hobart expected to sneak through in light to moderate tail winds, the weather prognosis for the remainder of the fleet is, well, interesting. The simple analysis is that fresh northerly winds will give the fleet a fast ride on Sunday and during the daylight hours of Monday. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Sunday afternoon finish expected for Wild Oats XI By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 7:23 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Wild Oats XI (Oatley family) is expected to cross the finish line, around 4pm on Sunday and take her eighth line honours win. The race leaders are making good time down the coast of Tasmania, and at daybreak had approximately 100nm to sail. ...

Sydney to Hobart - Another 40 foot white-wash? By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team, , 6:31 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the Supermaxi battle probably all over in this 70th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, unless Wild Oats XI drops her rig in the next five hours, she is set to take her eighth line honours victory so at last the attention will shift to the real race, the battle for handicap honours. ...

Sail-World new format - Mac users regional correction required By Sail-World, , 5:16 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Sail-World is now running live in the changed website format. If you are running on a Mac with iOS please scroll to the bottom of the site and check that your region is set for your region and not some other. It can be correctly set up using the drop down boxes. Then go to the top, click refresh, and you should be away. ...

Barcelona World Race - J’aurais sincèrement voulu en être By Barcelona World Race Media, , 3:24 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Jean-Pierre Dick, double vainqueur de la Barcelona World Race, ne viendra pas défendre son titre pour cette troisième édition. Le skipper niçois prépare actuellement son nouveau Saint-Michel-Virbac, un plan Verdier-VPLP pour le prochain Vendée Globe. Le bateau ne sera mis à l’eau qu’à la fin du printemps 2015 et pour l’heure son skipper est à quai. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Your Turn, Then My Turn, Then Your Turn! By Crosbie Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 12:52 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
With the front runners over halfway to Hobart, this year’s race is turning out to be quite a page turner already; and that’s just the big boats. So let’s start with them. Wind back to the start, first honours to Comanche in the shoot out to the first mark. To be fair it was akin to pitting a brand new Bugatti Veyron against some classy and quick Ferraris and Porsches. The result in those ...

Sydney-Hobart: First, Second and Third! By John Curnow, , 12:32 PM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
There is absolutely no way anyone can predict these before the vast majority of the still 109 vessels racing actually get home to Hobart Town. One can, however, talk about the very things that do go into making these results that so many chase and to do so, we have to work through a myriad of vessel designs, ages and types. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions VIDEO By Dale Lorimer, Hobart, Tasmania , 11:55 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Given the weather models for the race, Crosbie Lorimer did the rounds of the CYCA dock just prior to the start of the race to find out who the various skippers, navigators and tacticians believed might take out the overall Handicap win on IRC. Here are some of their predictions, how they are panning out for some and an update on the position at the front of the fleet. ...

Collinson FX Market Commentary: Dec 24 - DOW surges on Santa rally By Collinson FX, , 11:47 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
December 24, 2014: The DOW surged through 18,000 in the latest 'Santa' rally. The trigger was the growing confidence in the US economy fueled by lower oil prices and confirmed by an explosive GDP growth number. The historical growth number confirmed the economy surged, expanding by 5% annualised, far exceeding expectations. ...

The B&G Report: Volvo Ocean Race - Navigators Prize winner for Leg 2 By Mark Chisnell for B&G, , 10:54 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
The B&G Navigators’ Prize is presented to the Navigator who has made the most effective use of meteorological, oceanographic and geographical information to gain distance on the majority of the fleet, as voted for by the Navigators themselves. ...

World's fastest growing sportsboat now available in NZ at big discount By Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, , 10:49 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
The world's fastest growing sports boat class is coming to New Zealand. An Auckland based consortium has negotiated a special price for the first batch of J-70's to be imported. The J-70 is the first trailer boat from the redoubtable J-Boats stable, and was judged 2013 Boat of the Year, the prestigious US Sailing World magazine. ...

Fast spinnaker sailing for Launceston to Hobart fleet By Peter Campbell, , 10:39 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race - With fast spinnaker running conditions forecast for all the way from Low Head to Tasman Island, the entire 24 boat fleet in the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race could finish by Monday evening, with a race record also on the cards. ...

Bay of Islands Race Week: Entries in by January 1 By BOI Race Week, , 10:21 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Have you got your entry in? Remember the entry fee goes up from January 1……..Mike Quilter (International Navigator and Weather Router) will give the Weather Briefing each morning at the North Sales Marque at 0815 hrs to start your day. Coffee and breakfast available on site. ...

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Former Kiwi 50fter handily placed on Day 2 By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, , 8:53 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
The long-time New Zealand offshore competitor, Pussy Galore, is handily placed in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Now racing as Pretty Fly III, and owned by Sydney civil engineer, Colin Woods, the Cookson 50 has been silent since the start of the race, with a tracker failure. ...

Sydney Hobart 2014: A ridge too far for Comanche By Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR Media, , 8:04 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - That’s the conclusion that one might well draw from the huge difference in the performance of the Hamilton Island super maxi Wild Oats XI and her main challenger, the US boat Comanche. ...

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Images by Daniel Forster By Regattanews, , 7:03 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Photographer Daniel Forster was in the air again for the Sydney Hobart 2014, and provided this gallery of images. ...

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Honing in on halfway By Regattanews, , 5:59 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The chase for line honours at the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is intensifying with the leading boats approaching the halfway mark of the 628-nm race. ...

Small boat collision at Gymea Bay - Three thrown into water By Marine Rescue NSW, , 5:39 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
Volunteers from Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking unit were on the scene in nine minutes on rescue vessel Port Hacking 30. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was also called. ...

Sydney Hobart Race: 'The Old Girl' proves she's still got great legs By Rob Mundle, , 4:55 AM Sat 27 Dec 2014 GMT
By Grand Prix ocean racing standards she’s an old girl, and there’s no denying she’s had a few makeovers during the past decade, but Bob Oatley’s 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, was leaving no doubt today that when it came to speed she’s still got great legs. ...

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