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End of Long Range Cruising - Blackwattle By Nancy Knudsen, What happens to long range sailors when they stop long ranging? - Blackwattle's Journey is almost ended, and here are recounted the reactions of the crew to arriving 'home' after an absence of five years, and finding that, for the moment anyway, there are no more oceans to cross.... [more]
Hobart Opinions poles apart - Heat vs Depth debate By Crosbie Lorimer, Rolex Sydney Hobart- At a time when bowsprits, bumpkins and prodders proliferate on everything from singlehanded dinghies to 30 metre Supermaxis, you might be forgiven for wondering whether the humble spinnaker pole has had its day.... [more]
Storm Bay Weather key to Hobart record By Rob Kothe, With three top class 30 metre (98 feet) super maxi's and the right weather conditions, this year's 63rd Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race could be a record-breaking affair. However the moderate strength of the winds on Wednesday afternoon and the likely gentle winds on the Friday morning across Tasmania's Storm Bay may leave the record for the 628 nautical mile blue water classic untouched.... [more]
Joyon heading for the Horn by the end of the year? By ISAF News/Sail-World Cruising, Frenchman Francis Joyon on trimaran IDEC today has extended his lead over British Ellen MacArthur's world record time for a west-to-east world circumnavigation to more than 3,000 miles. He has crossed the dateline and is now into the Pacific Ocean, with vigilance key as he maintains a course through iceberg territory - The Horn by the end of the year?... [more]
World Speed Record - aiming for 50kt - Wot Rocket By Rob Kothe, Built to break through the 50 knot barrier, the nine metre, purpose built Atlantic proa style looks like a cross between Macquarie Yellow Pages and a foiling International Moth and a sailplane/glider.... [more]
Nations compete for Olympic places - Laser Worlds By Di Pearson, From the top ranked sailors around the globe, approximately 10 nations are depending on the regatta to qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games in Terrigal; their final opportunity to do so. Others will be seeking Olympic selection into their respective teams.... [more]
Hobart – Race Record Weather fading By Rob Kothe, Last week, with early weather guessimates of a booming start and a fast run down the Tasmanian coast, the skippers of the three super maxis in the 63rd Rolex Sydney to Hobart race were licking their lips, dreaming of sailing across the Derwent River finish line earlier than the magic 7:40 am finish which would break Wild Oats XI's 2005 race record.... [more]
Rolex Sydney Hobart - A to Z - Zephyr By Peter Campbell, Zephyr sits at the very bottom of the alphabetical list of yachts entered for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and, as one of the smallest boats in the fleet, is likely to be among the tail enders into the River Derwent.... [more]
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