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31 Dec 2007

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Nick Thompson tops Aussie Laser Champs,
Britain's Nick Thompson tops the Australina Laser Championships after five races. He leads by one point from Mike Leigh of Canada. Ashley Brunning is the top placed Australian entry at seventh overall. In the Radial class, Veronika Fencova of Czechoslovakia leads... [more]

Superyacht Stuck Two Years, Struggles to Freedom
Capt. Tom Serio, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
Last July, Sail-World Cruising published an bizarre story about the megayacht Legacy, marooned four miles off Florida's Key West since she was deposited there by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. Owner Peter Halmos and the crew were onboard during the hurricane, and Halmos and his Captain have, incredibly, stayed on board or close in a houseboat ever since, trying to free the $30million yacht... [more]

Hugo Boss gains - Veolia Environnement take tow
Event media,
Overnight Hugo Boss made up miles on the leader and is sailing four knots faster than Paprec-Virbac 2 on the first position report of the morning. News in also that Veolia Environnement picked up a tow overnight and is heading for Fremantle - ETA early Monday morning... [more]

Liu and Cheng (SIN) lead Aussie 29er Nationals,
Justin Liu and Sherman Cheng from Singapore have taken the lead in the 29er Australian Championships. The pair recovered from their poor start of the first day to move into the lead on day two. With the discard still to come into effect they lead second placed Judge Ryan and Hans Henken (USA) by 19 points after six races... [more]

Sail developments break the speed barrier
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
When Rani took line honours in the first Sydney to Hobart race in 1945, she had been at sea for more than six and a half days. Thirty years later the American maxi ketch Kialoa became the first yacht to sail the course in under three days and Kialoa’s record stood for 21 years - In 2005 Wild Oats XI set a new record with a time of 1 day 18 hours 40 minutes 10 seconds... [more]

Men, Flying Machines and their Pictures
Bruce Mongomery/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
The images that have made the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race arguably the most dramatic event in Australian sport are the work of some of the world’s greatest yachting photographers working in tandem with Australia’s most experienced pilots. Photographs by the Italian Carlo Borlenghi and Swiss Daniel Forster, and Australians Ian Mainsbridge and Richard Bennett, amongst others... [more]

Living to sail, sailing to live
Jim Gale/Rolex Sydney Hobart Madia Centre,
Emma Pontin is just thrilled to be in Hobart at the end of her first Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, even though her yacht, Global Yacht Racing – Kioni may have parked at Cape Raoul for five hours this morning, pushing her finishing time out to 4pm this afternoon and her handicap ranking further south than she would like.... [more]

Lou says 'Thats it! no more Sydney to Hobarts'
Bruce Montgomery/Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
After equalling the record of 44 Sydney to Hobart races and an intense, strategic race among the 10 strong Sydney 38 one design fleet in this years Rolex Sydney Hobart, 80 year old Victorian yachtsman Lou Abrahams today declared he would not compete again.... [more]

Next America's Cup in Multihulls, October 2008
Golden Gate YC Media and Sail-World,
The US America's Cup Challenger, Golden Gate YC has broken off negotiations with Societe Nautique de Geneve/Alinghi, and will seek to race the next America's Cup in multihulls. This would mean that a conventional America’s Cup regatta would not take place until 2011. The GGYC statement follows the latest stonewall tactics by the Swiss defender... [more]

Harken Rigtune Pro
Harken Rigtune Pro - Unlike inaccurate spring-loaded gauges, the Harken RigTune Pro measures rig tension to the nearest kilogram with the measurement is displayed on a simple, easy-to-read screen... [more]

Brits in battle of Lasers at Australian Nationals,
The Australian National Championships are underway at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron in Victoria. After the first days racing Tom Slingsby (AUS) leads the standard Laser fleet - Nick Thompson (GBR) is fourth. In the Radial event, Klade Hausschildt (AUS) is tied in first place with Sarah Blanck (AUS)... [more]

29er Aussie Nationals get underway,
The Australian 29er nationals kicked off at the Safety Beach SC yesterday and after three races Sean O'Rourke and Evan Walker (AUS) lead by one point from Joel Rose and Jamie Woods (AUS)... [more]

Francis Joyon rounds Cape Horn in record time
Event media,
Francis Joyon on IDEC2 crossed the longitude of Cape Horn at the southern tip of the South American continent last night at 23 hours, 31 minutes (French time). Joyon smashed Ellen MacArthur's performance by 9 days, 11 hours... [more]

890 mile chase for Hugo Boss in Bacelona Race
Alex Thomson (GBR) and his co-skipper Andrew Cape (AUS) on Hugo Boss, rejoined the Barcelona World Race off Wellington, New Zealand, at 05.00 GMT on 29 December, resuming in second place behind leader Paprec Virbac 2 but now with an 890nm deficit on the leader... [more]

Rosebud wins Sydney Hobart Tattersall's Cup
Crosbie Lorimer,
Exactly thirty years after the last American boat won the overall handicap honours for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Roger Sturgeon's ST TP 65 Rosebud was declared the winner of the Tattersall's Cup... [more]

Rosebud - third US winner of Tattersall’s Cup
Peter Campbell,
American yacht designers, yacht builders, sail designers, yacht owners and professional and amateur sailors have made a major contribution to the international status and development of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race since the early days of the ocean classic.... [more]

Sydney Hobart- Skandia limps across the line
Jim Gale Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
With the top of her mast hanging forlornly askew about 60 feet above the deck, Skandia crept across the Rolex Sydney Hobart finish line at 6:23am today on a windless Derwent River. 'We could have turned on the motor and been here by midday yesterday but that’s not the race'. Grant Wharington... [more]

Hugo Boss II finish Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Kate Fairclough,
Former Australian rules football player Nathan Buckley, competing onboard in his first ever offshore yacht race, credited the tightly-knit team of professional sailors onboard, saying he had an amazing race. Starting the race wearing all-white Hugo Boss suits, the crew were glad to reach Constitution Dock in Hobart after an incredibly tight finish with fellow Volvo 60 DHL - The Daily Telegraph.... [more]

Bid to Re-argue Court Decision Lacks Merit
Golden Gate YC Media,
A new motion lodged today by the Defender seeking to re-argue the New York State Supreme Court’s decision lacks merit, the Golden Gate Yacht Club (GGYC) said today. 'If these arguments were valid they would have been presented months ago,' Tom Ehman, the GGYC’s spokesman said.... [more]

An Olympic Dream, Claimed by two Women
Chris Museler, New York Times,
Two of the top Americans in women’s windsurfing are packing their wetsuits this week and traveling to New Zealand to compete in the RS:X world championships as part of their training for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games. This is not unusual for athletes preparing for the Games, but only one of the women, Nancy Rios, is slated to represent the United States next summer.... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 romping away from Boss
Event media,
Hugo Boss is alongside in Wellington for 48 hours while repairs are carried out ot their rudder system. Race leader Paprec-Virbac 2 continues to power away, with a lead of over 600 miles on the Boss... [more]

Francis Joyon approaches Horn at full speed
Event media,
Francis Joyon on IDEC2 is covering over 500nm each 24 hours as he approaches Cape Horn. As Joyon approaches the end of only his 35th day at sea he can expect to round Cape Horn and enter the South Atlantic during today, Friday.... [more]

Finn bonanza at Mengeham 'Winkle of the Harbour'
Carol Carter,
Sailors in Chichester Harbour took the opportunity to work off the Christmas Day excesses by taking part in the annual 'Winkle of the Harbour' open handicap race in aid of the RNLI which was hosted by Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club... [more]

Images from Wild Oats XI Sydney Hobart finish
Crosbie Lorimer,
Wild Oats XI crossed the Hobart finish line just outside Constitution Dock this morning at 10.24 to take out the line honours win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race for the third year in a row. City Index Leopard was only 27 minutes behind having closed the gap during the early morning from twenty down to four nautical miles.... [more]

Ichi Ban snaps port rudder blade
Rolex Media Centre,
Matt Allen’s Jones 70 Ichi Ban, which moved into third place when Skandia broke the top of its mast, suffered its own misfortune at 10.30am this morning when their port rudder blade snapped... [more]

City Index Leopard second into Hobart
Kate Fairclough,
City Index Leopard, the British 98 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade was the second boat to finish the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this morning. Crossing the finish line at 1051 (local), City Index Leopard was just 27 minutes behind first placed, line honours winner Wild Oats XI.... [more]

Wild Oats XI makes it three in a row
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Sydney maxi Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards, has made yachting history this morning, crossing the finish line of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at 10:24am to secure her third consecutive line honours victory. Richards has been at the helm each time.... [more]

SNG files motion to 'renew and reargue' in NYSC
America's Cup Management and Richard Gladwell,
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, New York attorneys for Société Nautique de Genève (SNG) filed a motion to renew and reargue in front of the court in the case opposing GGYC and SNG on the 33rd America’s Cup.... [more]

Sydney Hobart Handicap - Rosebud is the benchmark
Lisa Ratcliff,
While Ichi Ban struggled in the river, Rosebud encountered its own zephyr a couple of miles from Iron Pot, the oldest original working lighthouse in Australia. With Tasmanian bowman Justin Clougher perched up the rig scouting for breeze, the US Farr STP65 finally picked up local '4pm sea breeze', the crew jumping to the rail for last 11 miles to the finish line.... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 leaves Cook Strait behind
Barcelona World Race media,
Paprec-Virbac 2 has left Cook Strait in its wake as skipper Jean-Pierre Dick and co-skipper Damian Foxall begin the second half of the Barcelona World Race with their well-earned lead in good shape. 'Getting through and away from the Cook Strait we were pretty lucky,' said Damian Foxall.... [more]

Wild Oats XI heading for line honours win
Rob Kothe,
Just 39 miles from the finish Bob Oatley’s Wild Oat XI is cruising towards a third line honours win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Barring a heart stopping becalming she is likely to take line honours and rewrite Rolex Sydney Hobart history as only the second yacht in 63 years to win line honours in three consecutive years... [more]

Skandia breaks mast 160 miles from Hobart finish
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007 -At approximately 02.30 this morning whilst under A2 spinnaker, sailing off Bicheno with 150 miles to go, the Skandia super maxi's mast broke between the third spreader and the forestay.... [more]

Polish sailors top Laser 4.7 Pre Worlds series,
Three races were scheduled for the Laser 4.7 Pre Worlds event on Christmas Eve, however due to a building wind only two races were sailed. Racing was tight and competitive with only one point seperating first and second... [more]

A roller coaster for Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet
Rolex Event media,
The pace slowed at the head of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as the three leading maxis sailed into southerly headwinds crossing Bass Strait on the approach to the northeast coast of Tasmania. At 8pm Thursday (Dec 27) Wild Oats XI was still leading City Index Leopard by approximately 19 nautical miles with another 13nm to Skandia.... [more]

Hugo Boss in Wellington for 48 hour Pit Stop
Event media,
At 00:35 GMT, Hugo Boss crossed the scoring gate in Cook Strait. Their elapsed time on the leg was 17 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes. Two and a half hours later, at 03:00 GMT, Hugo Boss stopped racing as they pulled in to the 'pit lane' in Wellington... [more]

Shosholoza as Challenger of Record - Yeah Right!
Sebastien Destremau,
Do you think Team Shosholoza being the new Challenger of Record is far fetched? Well, Well, Well ... Let's have a look at this very real possibility for a second. Sebastien Destremau could be wrong but it is certainly time to sit back, relax and watch the 33rd America's Cup reality show unfold in the New Year... [more]

Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats XI leads Leopard
Event media/,
Light winds appear to have robbed the British maxi City Index Leopard of any chance to challenge Wild Oats XI for line honours in the 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race. Wild Oats XI had opened her lead to more than 20 nautical miles early this morning... [more]

Joyon closes on Cape Horn at record pace
Event media,
Francis Joyon is this morning less than 1,000nm from Cape Horn. Joyon has been able to maintain his average at nearly 20 knots over the last 24 hours on a direct route to the Horn - After 33 days at sea Joyon is reporting some fatigue - 'I am only 80% of what I can do!'... [more]

RYA wants your opinion on new Wind Farm plans
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform is conducting a consultation into the proposed scope of Strategic Environmental Assessment for a Draft Plan to for over over 4,000 wind turbines in offshore wind farms around the UK... [more]

Rolex race fleet in Bass Strait reaching mode
Rolex Event Media,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet passed through light transitional winds early this morning between the strong overnight northerly, of up to 22 knots and into a weak southwest change.... [more]

Who has the Rum for the Weather Gods?
Rob Kothe,
Yesterday morning in Sydney, at least two navigator-tacticians packed that extra little bottle of rum into their gear bags to pour into the ocean in Bass Strait as a gift to the Weather Gods, who will once again decide the Rolex Sydney Hobart race winner. We know that because we can see the Gods have left two weather windows ajar for Hobart handicap contenders.... [more]

2007 Moments that Mattered - America's Cup Match
The final moments of Leg 3 in the 32nd America's Cup. In this clip, with the volume up, you can clearly hear the comments of Brad Butterworth, skipper of Alinghi, as he lines up NZL-92, even though the New Zealand challenger has a lead of about 25 metres, or one boat length - which will be lost when they tack for the mark.... [more]

Crew injury Pretty Fly II, Cougar ll out of Hobart
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
The NSW yacht Pretty Fly II, skippered by Colin Woods, is heading for Eden this afternoon after crew member Derek Brown suffered a broken nose and cheek bone when he was hit in the face by the spinnaker pole and Victorian yacht Cougar II retired after having just entered Bass Strait when she suffered a broken chain plate... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart Images Day 1 - later afternoon,
Carlo Borlenghi spent hours in a helicopter on the first day of the 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart. Enjoy some of his images.... [more]

More images from Hobart Race Start
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are some more of the images shot by Crosbie Lorimer on Boxing Day as the fleet passed the seaward mark at the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]

Chutzpah and the ‘underdogs’ in overnight lottery
Crosbie Lorimer,
Words like ‘chutzpah’ and ‘hubris’ have that annoying and elusive quality that has you heading back to the dictionary time and again to remind yourself what they mean. Perhaps like me you had forgotten that chutzpah means gall, unmitigated effrontery or impudence. So when, like 26 time Hobart veteran Bruce Taylor, you name each of your six boats Chutzpah, you can reasonably expect to show so... [more]

Extreme 40 helm concentrates on Olympic selection
Carolijn Brouwer (BEL) has stepped down from helming the Extreme 40, Holmatro. Brouwer now will focus completely on her Tornado campaign, leading up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Andreas Hagara (AUT) will be the Holmatro helmsman for the 2008 season... [more]

Team Shosholoza new AC Challenger of Record?
Sebastien Destremau,
Do you think Team Shosholoza being the new Challenger of Record is far fetched? Well, Well, Well ... Let's have a look at this very real possibility for a second. Sebastien Destremau could be wrong but it is certainly time to sit back, relax and watch the 33rd America's Cup reality show unfold in the New Year... [more]

Hugo Boss pulls into Wellington
Event media,
British yachtsman Alex Thomson and his Australian co-skipper Andrew Cape will be forced to take a pit stop in the Barcelona World Race, in order to carry out repairs on HUGO BOSS. The duo will suspend racing off Wellington, New Zealand, within the next 24 hours.... [more]

Xmas sleigh rides and tears Sydney Hobart at 2100
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet has been enjoying a magical sleigh ride for the first eight hours of the 628 nautical mile race which began from Sydney Harbour in spectacular fashion this afternoon.... [more]

Leopard third in leading group after 8 hours
City Index Leopard, the British 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade made a good solid start to the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today - Racing out of Sydney Harbour City Index Leopard was neck and neck with arch Australian rival 100 footer Wild Oats XI after turning the final mark before heading south towards Tasmania... [more]

Hugo Boss crew set satorial pace at Sydney Hobart
The crew of HUGO BOSS II, the British Volvo 60 racing yacht competing in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today surprised the 300,000 spectator boats and thousands more Australian TV viewers at home when they started the iconic race in all-white Hugo Boss suits... [more]

Joyon suffers the brunt of Pacific storm
Event media,
IDEC and Francis Joyon, sailing close to the center of a vast low pressure system, suffers the brunt of the fury of the Pacific Ocean. Joyon is still more than 3030 miles ahead of the record of Ellen MacArthur... [more]

Barcelona Race - New Pacific ice gate position
Event media,
Following several ice sightings by the French multihull sailor Francis Joyon, the Barcelona World Race Direction team has decided to shift the coordinates of the next ice gate, for the Pacific stretch of the Southern Ocean.... [more]

Images from the Rolex Sydney Hobart start
All the excitement and action of the start of one of the world's greatest ocean races, captured by international photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]

Money on Wild Oats for Rolex Sydney-Hobart
Tony Wilmot,
Wild Oats X1 has been backed into a firm favourite to take the 2007 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Line Honours after one Sportingbet Australia punter stepped into the $1.53 on offer with a $20,000 bets... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007, 4 hours after the gun,
After three and a-half hours of fast sailing in the freshening nor'easter, Wild Oats XI had covered 55nm and was 20nm offshore, east of Kiama on the New South Wales south coast, doing 19.4 knots and virtually on the rhumb-line course to Tasman Island, last turning point of the course before the Hobart finish of the 628nm course.... [more]

Wild Oats XI first to seaward mark again
Crosbie Lorimer,
If consistency is anything to go by then the omens from the start of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race are good for Wild Oats XI; the silver speed machine was first to the seaward mark for the third year in a row. Wild Oats XI led the fleet from the start in a light nor’easter holding the western shore before finally tacking away from the spectator fleet and crossing well ahead of City Index... [more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart - Streaming Start report
Today's Rolex Sydney Hobart race start was reported llive on Sailor's Radio in a blow by blow report. The two and a half hour program can be heard, as a streaming download here now. The Sailors Radio panel was the fastest woman circumnavigator and legendary navigator: Adrienne Cahalan, Olympian, sailmaker and world champion yachtsman Nev Wittey, old sea salt John Sturrock and sailing broa... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart race start
Al Constable/Rob Kothe,
The starting gun has been fired and Wild Oats X1 is winning the race to the Heads, from City Index and Skandia. The breeze is 8 - 9 knots from the north east, with clouds on the low horizon. 8-10 choppers are hovering over the fleet.... [more]

Quick Guide to 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Rob Kothe,
The short version on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, course,fleet, race data, best viewing, televison, internet, radio coverage.... [more]

History of Rolex Sydney Hobart 1945 - 2006
Peter Campbell,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart ranks historically, along with the Rolex Fastnet Race in England and the Bermuda Race in the USA, as one of the three great ocean passage races of the world. Over the past 62 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Boxing Day Test Cricket and the Australian Open Tennis.... [more]

Christmas Day Round up,
As Christmas Day dawns in the UK, and it's a grey, windy and wet one, the round the world sailors have already opened their presents, scoffed their turkey and are back to the business of racing through the Southern Ocean... [more]

Hobart start radio to stream on Sail-World
Spectators on Sydney Harbour, picnickers on the headlands and armchair sailors around the world will be able to listen to the 'insiders sailors version' of the race during a special three hour live radio broadcast by the Audi Sailors Radio Show crew, which will be streamed world-wide via [more]

Christmas in the sun for Clipper crews
Prize giving for Race 4 of the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race took place on Saturday evening at special ceremony laid on by Fremantle Sailing Club. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and John Longley joined the Clipper crews, their friends and families, and invited VIP guests for an evening of presentations... [more]

Paprec-Virbac 2 extends lead over Hugo Boss
Event media,
A nice gain overnight for Paprec-Virbac 2 who awoke on Christmas eve to fine a they'd picked up over 40 miles on Hugo Boss over the past 24 hours and have now extended that to just over 220 miles. Boss is directly behind, there very little lateral separation, and both boats are engaged in a speed contest this morning... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart two-line start
Peter Campbell,
The 82 boat fleet in 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will start simultaneously at 1300 hours today, Boxing Day, from two starting lines on Sydney Harbour. The lines, running east to west across the harbour north of Shark Island, will be about 400 metres apart, with 30 of the biggest and fastest boats in the fleet starting from the northern line, the remaining 52 from the southern line.... [more]

Grafham Grand Prix on Sunday 30 December
Sunday 30 December sees the 27th running of the Grafham Grand Prix. Entry is open to monohulls with PY 670 to 1150, catamarans up to PY1000, and single handers to PY 1200 - Entry is limited to 200... [more]

Joyon and IDEC pick their way through Ice Fields
Event media,
Francis Joyon, onboard the giant trimaran IDEC 2, crossed a veritable minefield in the midst of the vast South Pacific Ocean yesterday. At an unusual latitude of less than 53 degrees South, the onboard radar detected no less than four huge chunks of ice, one of which approached, according to the observations of Joyon, 400 meters long... [more]

Successful Final Day at Euromed Championships
Event media,
The last two days of racing at the Euromed Championships proved to be a close race between all racers, especially the top five fighting for one of the first three positions. British juniors featured on the podium in Optimist and Laser events at the Euromed Championships... [more]

Riding the escalator south in the Sydney Hobart
Jim Gale,
It is tactical decision every skipper makes in any Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The right choice and you're a hero. Get it wrong and it can cost you the race. And as the boats have changed over the years he equation has been shifting.... [more]

European Class 40 to take on Rolex Sydney Hobart
Jim Gale,
Class 40 yachts are designed to be sailed single handed, and with their wide beams, twin rudders and water ballast, they are intended as a stepping stone between Mini-Transats and Open 60’s. Over the last couple of years, Europe’s offshore sailors have discovered a new, inexpensive route to thrilling, high speed sailing... [more]

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