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We live in interesting times....the Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner will be decided in the Protest room, in the next few hours.

We will bring you all the news and reactions as that plays out.

After the excitement of the Hobart finishes, yesterday afternoon we spoke to the delivery crew on Bob Oatley's Wild Oats XI as she sailed across Bass Strait headed for Sydney, ( they will arrive around 2pm today) ahead of the start of the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race which starts on Saturday. They commented it must have been the lightest five day spell for the Strait for a long time.

Last night that all changed when CYCA Commodore Matt Allen's modified Volvo 70 Ichi Ban mast broke at the D2's as she too headed north in Bass Strait.

Here is the Sydney Hobart news from the last 24 hours.

The Sail-World Team

Two True's win hangs in the balance
Lisa Ratcliff,
As the remainder of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet trickles across the finish line, Andrew Saies' Beneteau First 40 Two True has moved into contention for the overall win. But first they have to survive this morning's 10am protest.... [more]
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Mike Welsh cruises into Hobart - Hang on Trev, I need another beer
Media Services,
Sandringham yachtsman Mike Welsh arrived in Hobart at the end of a dream run in the 2010 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race race in his new Beneteau built Farr designed First 40 - horns locked in battle with two identical sister ships, Two True, from the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia and Paca, from New Caledonia.... [more]
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Fickle Derwent winds down to a Zephyr
Peter Campbell,
From ten o'clock last night to two o'clock this morning there was little more than a zephyr of wind on the River Derwent - and that ended chances of the 33-footer from Balmain, named Zephyr Hamilton Elevators, becoming Overall winner of the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart IRC Results BEFORE Protests,
Last night, there seemed a possibility that the Balmain Sailing Club's Zephyr Hamilton Elevators, the smallest boat in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet might snatch overall victory. Here are the overall results before the Protest hearings.... [more]
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1,2,3,4,5....... is reward for Southern Spars in Rolex Sydney Hobart
David Glen,
The performances of Alfa Romeo, Wild Oats XI, ICAP Leopard, Investec Loyal and RAN confirm the status of Southern Spars rigs at the forefront of the world's leading offshore yachting events. Southern Spars achieved a notable feat with the fully rigged Ericsson Racing Team and PUMA leading home in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race... [more]
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Sydney Hobart Race - Protests to decide overall winner
Peter Campbell,
Protest hearings tomorrow will almost certainly decide the winner of the prestigious Tattersalls Cup for first placed yacht overall under IRC ratings in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Whatever the outcome, the winner will be the smallest overall winner of the 628 nautical mile ocean classic since the 30-footer Zeus II won in 1981.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart win will come down to time and a protest or two
Di Pearson/Bruce Montgomery,
Little Zephyr Hamilton Elevators is battling the elements in her efforts to become the smallest boat since Zeus II to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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A Rolex Sydney Hobart slice of history for Lion New Zealand crew
Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Team,
The winning helmsman from 1984 was the late Sir Peter Blake and today his 26 year old daughter, Sarah-Jane, surveyed the Hobart waterfront as the large crowds enjoyed the summer sunshine and the spectacle of the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart finish. 'I did it to get to know Dad a little better,' said Sarah-Jane... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - She will need a Gale not a Zephyr
Peter Campbell and Rob Kothe,
Zephyr Hamilton Elevators sits second bottom of the alphabetical list of yachts entered for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and as the smallest boat in the 100 boat fleet, should be amongst the tail enders into the River Derwent. However, her co-owners Sydney-siders James Connell and Alex Brandon, two Laser sailors are confident the well-performed Farr 1020 will finish much better t... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Special memories of special mates
Bruce Montgomery,
A pod of dolphins off Bicheno on the Tasmanian east coast, the biggest that veteran yachtsman Roger Hickman has ever seen, stopped him in his tracks on board the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race entrant Audi Centre Melbourne yesterday.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Its all happening!!,
The weather gods have delivered a certain victory for the small boats in the 65th blue water classic. The 38-40 footers cruised up the Derwent River , who will win the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart race?... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - RÁN on tenderhooks
Bruce Montgomery,
The crew of the British 72-foot yacht RÁN is on tenderhooks this morning, perhaps on the verge of achieving a remarkable double in ocean racing, to win both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Sydney Hobart on corrected time in the same year.... [more]
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All races point to Hobart - At last, the dockside starts to fill up
Peter Campbell,
Hobart's historic Sullivans Cove is finally starting to look like the finish port for major ocean yacht races from Sydney, Melbourne and Launceston.... [more]
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Time, food and water the problems for Rolex 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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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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