New Zealander Neville Crichton pre-start said it does not really matter who wins the start in the 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart.
You would never has guessed that as he and his Alfa Romeo crew made sure they rounded the Victor mark at Sydney Heads three lengths ahead of the Wild Oats XI, the boat that beat them in the same race in 2005.
Neville and his team are sailing with intent – they might only be a few miles ahead but they plan to stay that way right to the finish line.
Today is the day this race will be won or lost as tactician's place the boats for the transitions pasted the major current eddies and into Bass Strait.
You can listen to the HF radio position skeds via the link on Sail-World at 7:35am (local time, in around 30 mins from now) HERE
Sydney Hobart Radio skeds & Radio Relay traffic Sail-World.com, Sail-World.com is streaming the Sydney Hobart Radio skeds and Radio relay traffic. Link here... [more] Onsend this story
Alfa Romeo leads the way – Limit out of Rolex Sydney Hobart Di Pearson, Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo is leading the hunt for line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race early this morning, but it is a three-boat war on the race track, as only five nautical miles separate the New Zealand leader from ICAP Leopard, owned and skippered by Mike Slade from the UK and four-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards (NSW).... [more] Onsend this story
New Zealand leading supermaxi donnybrook in Rolex Sydney Hobart Richard Gladwell, New Zealand supermaxi, Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) continues to lead the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, ahead of Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard (GBR). Alfa Romeo is five miles ahead of Wild Oats (AUS). As expected the race is developing into real donnybrook between the three top supermaxis in the world, from three nations.... [more] Onsend this story
Limit retires from 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart with rigging failure Sail-World.com, Limit retired from the 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart with rigging failure at approximately 2230hrs 2009-12-26... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Round one to Alfa Romeo KPMS, 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo took round one of the battle of the maxis smart downwind tactics in Sydney Harbour. Alfa comfortably held her lead in a procession over the one nautical mile reach to the second clearing mark, another mile to seaward.... [more] Onsend this story
ICAP Leopard starts final leg of prestigious yacht racing treble Henry Foster, At 13:00 (local time) today ICAP Leopard, the 100ft supermaxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar Chief Executive Mike Slade, crossed the Sydney Harbour startline in the world-famous Rolex Sydney-Hobart race.... [more] Onsend this story
More Sydney Hobart start images from Andrea Francolini Sail-World.com & Andrea Francolini, More images from the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race start from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more] Onsend this story
RÁN takes charge of Rolex Sydney Hobart overall lead Di Pearson, The new British yacht RÁN has taken the overall lead of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this afternoon. The Judel/Vrolijk designed 72 footer launched only this year, has some of the world's top sailors such as Steve Hayles, Adrian Stead and Richard Bouzaid aboard, helping to power the big grey yacht .... [more] Onsend this story
Alfa Romeo and RÂN stake their claims at Sydney Hobart start Jim Gale, Neville Crichton's 100 foot maxi Alfa Romeo this afternoon grabbed bragging rights from arch rival Wild Oats XI by being the first yacht out of Sydney Harbour at the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race... [more] Onsend this story
Images from the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Kurt Arrigo and Daniel Forster, Top yachting photographers Daniel Forster and Kurt Arrigo provided these images from the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Wild Oats chasing hard Rob Mundle, The anticipated bow-on-bow battle between Bob Oatley's Sydney Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, and kiwi Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo was happening late today - and not disappointing either crew.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart 2009 start - images from the air Sail-World.com, Andrea Francolini was in the air at the start of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Does anyone else feel like we are off to war? Rob Kothe, As Grant Wharington and his Etihad Stadium supermaxi crew sailed under the Harbour Bridge, the question was... ' does anyone else feel like we are off to war?'... [more] Onsend this story
Wet but spectacular spinnaker start to Rolex Sydney Hobart Di Pearson, The 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was still nothing short of spectacular as yacht crews popped spinnakers in a 12-15 knot southerly. Last year's overall winner, Quest, owned and skippered by Bob Steel, and Robin Hawthorn (Imagination) advised the race committee they had each executed 720 penalty turns for infringements inside the Harbour.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Start report - Etihad Stadium retires Sail-World.com, The Rolex Sydney Hobart, the 628 nautical mile blue water ocean classic started at 1.00pm this afternoon on Sydney Harbour. The overnight drizzle stopped, the day was cool with overcast skies and low cloud and 5-10 knots of breeze. As expected, the start battle was between Alfa Romeo, ICAP Leopard and Wild Oats XI.... [more] Onsend this story
2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart - Tactical decisions the key Jim Gale, The Rolex Sydney Hobart will start this year under spinnaker in a moderate southerly breeze. Tomorrow the leading yachts are expected to encounter light winds in Bass Strait while the bulk of the fleet is still contending with a light south to south-easter along the NSW coast.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race live stream Jennifer Crooks, The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is pleased to announce that the Seven Network and Yahoo!7, will provide a live 90 minute webcast of the start of the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart – Go Wharro!! Rob Kothe, 15 days ago when the 40 metre mast on Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium supermaxi came smashing down with a shower of carbon fibre shards, one of his supermaxi competitors said. 1000-1 against Wharington making the start line. Just four hours before the 2009 start, even though Wharington's Etihad Stadium still has not been for a sail with her new mast, the question was still unanswered.... [more] Onsend this story
Can Rán run away with the Rolex Sydney Hobart race? Rob Kothe, When overseas horses or boats come to Australia shores their previous form needs careful discussion. One veteran Sydney to Hobart racing skipper when asked about British boat Rán's prospects responded gruffly ‘never heard of it ‘. Since then his crew have gently reminded him that if Niklas Zennström's 72 footer Rán won the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race , that would be the third Rolex watch for... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney to Hobart: PredictWind Race Day Forecast Nathan May, PredictWind's latest www.predictwind.com!wind_forecast is predicting southerly winds for the start of today's race.... [more] Onsend this story
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Cruising in the fast lane Jim Gale/Rolex Sydney Hobart media team, Among the eight maxis jostling on the start line this Saturday, look for a US 100 footer called Rapture. Face to face, media financier and philanthropist Brook Lenfest is a very pleasant, very relaxed and unassuming kind of bloke. He seems to be much happier talking sailing than business, though he concedes that Rapture is equipped with the best broadband satellite communications and he does spend... [more] Onsend this story
Next Stop - Hobart! VOR, A phalanx of Whitbread/Volvo sailors will be scattered among the crew lists when the Rolex Sydney-Hobart starts on Boxing Day. Among them will be Guy Salter who has swapped his Media Crew Member role on Ericsson 4 in the 2008-09 race for a position on the bow of ICAP Leopard.... [more] Onsend this story
Battle of the Supermaxi - Is this a Swansong for Britain's Leopard? Rob Kothe, As the Rolex Sydney Hobart weather models keep throwing up different scenarios, British property developer Mike Slade, owner of the 100 footer ICAP Leopard, the 2009 Rolex Fastnet line honours winner has mixed feelings about what could be the last Sydney Hobart for his supermaxi.... [more] Onsend this story
Sydney Hobart - Tactical Challenges at the back of the fleet Penny Haire, Race strategy become much harder when early decisions have to be made based on what you think is going to happen in three days time. It's harder still when you've been out there for two days and only have scanty weather info to go on.... [more] Onsend this story