And the overall winner might be.....

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The music coming from the Organ Pipes at Cape Raoull, at the entrance to Storm Bay is Rhaaan – it seems even nature has its money on the 72 footer British entry Ran who crossed the finished line yesterday at 9:27am yesterday morning.

The Judel Vroljik 72 (pronounced Rhaan), owned by Nicklas Zennstrom, the 43 year old Swedish Internet billionaire cofounder of Kazaa, Skype and Juust, won the 2009 Rolex Fastnet race and was a convincing winner in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 in Costa Smeralda, well ahead of Roger Sturgeon's STP 65 the winner of the 2007 Sydney Hobart.

Time will tell, but right now it seems that Ran is running away with the Hobart race.

However Andrew Saies brand new Beneteau 40 Two True, now just four miles north east of Tasman Island might just spoil the party. She has 44 miles to go and she has less than nine hours to finish, to win the race.

Now it's up to her South Australian crew and the weather.

Stay tuned... and while you are doing that listen to the Sydney Hobart radio sked at 35 mins past the hour, here on

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team

Time, food and water the problems for Sydney Hobart fleet
Rob Kothe,
It's the fifth day of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race and three critical things, time food and water are starting to run light for the 40 footers still in with an overall handicap chance in this blue water classic.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Radio sked 0735 (AEST) and Radio Relay traffic, will stream the 0735 Sydney Hobart Radio sked and Radio relay traffic on 6516kHz, courtesy of Peter Bye, who operates VK2MPJ from North Nowra, on the NSW south coast.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - ICAP Leopard narrowly misses historic treble
Henry Foster,
At 05:45 (local time) on the 29 December 2009 ICAP Leopard, the 100ft British super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, crawled up the Derwent river to finish third.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Southerly Slow-up
A strong southerly to southwesterly change sweeping up the Tasmanian coast this afternoon slowed the 86 yachts still at sea in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. That scenario removes any certainty about the computer calculations of the likely winner of the Tattersall's Cup for the overall IRC handicap winner.... [more]
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Scallop pies first stop for Lahana crew
Di Pearson,
The Queensland super maxi Lahana, owned by Peter Millard and John Honan arrived in Hobart this afternoon, docking just before 5.00pm after finishing the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the eighth yacht to cross the line of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race.... [more]
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1,2,3 Knock-Out for McConaghy at 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart
John Curnow,
Alfa Romeo's Neville Crichton Win's the McConaghy Cup. Like a blockbuster movie with all the great actors and directors, the three McConaghy built Supermaxis, the 'winningest' Supermaxi's the world has ever seen, have completed the 1, 2, 3 knockout punch in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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Ingvall and Witt of YuuZoo talk about plans after Rolex Sydney Hobart
Bruce Montgomery/Di Pearson Rolex Media,
Having returned to ocean racing after a four-year break with a seventh across the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish line today on his super maxi YuuZoo, Finnish-born champion sailor Ludde Ingvall is on a mission.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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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 - Dockside arrival images and Andrea Francolini,
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht images by Andrea Francolini of the Hobart arrivals of Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats XI.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Skipper's prayers may be answered
Ian Grant,
Brisbane Yacht Broker Mike Freebairn entered a bold challenge to secure a career best result in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race when dawn broke over the Tasman Sea this morning.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Images of ICAP Leopard finish
Crosbie Lorimer,
Sydney Hobart. Mike Slade's ICAP Leopard crossed the finish line at 5.45am this morning. Slade was his usual positive self as the boat docked in Hobart. 'We took a big gamble and got really punished for it' he said with his characteristic laugh, referring to his 'round the outside' move yesterday afternoon. 'But you've got to try these things' he added resignedly.... [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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Sydney Hobart: More Images of Winners Dockside from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Here are some more of Crosbie Lorimer's images of the Alfa Romeo win as she berthed in Hobart, where the skipper and crew were handed the trophy and medallions. Wild Oats XI arrived a little over two hours later. Owner Bob Oatley and skipper Mark Richards were gracious in defeat and Bob Oatley vowed they would be back next year.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Images of Alfa Romeo finish by Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the line at 10.02pm. Here are some of Crosbie Lorimer's photos os Alfa Romeo sailing uop the Derwent River as dusk turned to darkness and moonlight.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Handicap fleet - whether the weather gate opens for you
Rob Kothe,
Computer driven handicap predictions for the 628 mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart race ignore the fact that most races are won and lost in the last 40 miles from Tasman Light across Storm Bay, past the Iron Pot and up the Derwent.... [more]
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