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29 Dec 2009                                                  If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE

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Extreme 40s


Looking down the list of stories on today's newsletter, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race was the only thing that had happened in the last five days. Well, that's about the measure of it!

Neville Crighton's 100' super-maxi Alfa Romeo led from start to finish, and Grant Wharington's Etihad Stadium – with hastily acquired and fitted mast – decided that discretion was the better (and possibly cheaper) part of valour and didn't get to the first mark. After four unchallenged years at the front of the fleet, Wild Oats XI is the bridesmaid, and ICAP Leopard became an also-ran. Now the ‘smaller' boats are finishing, and the battle for handicap honours is on.

And just keep our feet firmly planted in Asia, take a look at the beautiful little SC20 recently launched in Xiamen, China. She's one of the new generation of dayboats that marry traditional looks with modern design and materials – the best of both worlds. Enjoy.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Rolex Sydney Hobart pre-race favourite RÁN waits for her fate
Jim Gale, Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
RÁN's handicap aspirations took a huge knock in the middle of Bass Strait, a patch of dead air so big there was no way round it. 'That hurt us a lot,' Zennstrom said.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 'celebrity boat' arrives in Hobart
Greg Peart/Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart,
Six yachts have now completed the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race including Investec LOYAL, dubbed 'the celebrity boat' which left Sydney Harbour Saturday afternoon with a bunch of sports stars and sailors, and arrived with a tight team of yachties who can all talk the talk and walk the walk - albeit a little wobbly after nearly three days at sea... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart classic yachts of the past chase modern glory
Bruce Montgomery/Rolex Sydney Hobart Media,
The overall race lead, which is determined by constantly correcting a boat's elapsed time to take into account its size relative to the rest of the fleet, is shuffling between some great names including Simon Kurts' Love & War, Martin Power's Bacardi and Mike Freebairn's Ray White Spirit of Koomooloo, which has sailed to Hobart in the past under the names of Ragamuffin and Margaret Rintoul ll.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 line honours podium fills
Jim Gale,
The 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race line honours podium filled this morning when Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI and Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard finished in second and third positions. Wild Oats' Mark Richards was gracious in defeat. '... we never got a look in really. .... They got out first and put 30 miles on us before we knew what had happened.'... [more]
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Sydney Hobart: Images of More Finishers in Hobart
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. Investec Loyal arrived mid morning with her elite sportmen/novice sailors looking in good form. The entire crew got stuck into meat pies on their arrival, after a lengthy and frustrating motor around in the river with problems lowering their mainsail. Niklas Zennstrom's Ran arrived shortly after, spending some time trying to amnoeuvre into a suitable berth in the high winds that... [more]
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Test sailing the new Scandinavian Cruiser 20 in Xiamen, China
Nis Peter Lorentzen,
I have now been sailing the Scandinavian Cruiser 20 for two warm and sunny days with light wind of 5-10 knots in Xiamen, China. The water and air temperature was around 25C (80F). I wish sailing could be like this every day! So how does she sail?... [more]
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Meeting called to resolve America's Cup construction issue
Richard Gladwell and GGYC Media,
America's Cup Challenger, Golden Gate Yacht Club has initiated further moves on the Constructed in Country issue after the passing of its five day deadline set on 22 December. On 22 December GGYC notified The America's Cup defender, Societe Nautique de Geneve, requesting a response to claims that it's America's Cup Defender, Alinghi 5 had sails constructed using the 3DL process, manufactured at No... [more]
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Alfa Romeo gets gun in 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
After sailing a near perfect tactical race in extremely difficult conditions, with extremes from a testing 25-knot southerly, with a bumpy seaway through the first night, to a calm in the notoriously rough and windy Bass Strait, Neville Crichton's Alfa Romeo was first to finish in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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