Sydney to Hobart - Hard racing ahead

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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 - Could the 40 footers dominate again?

Andrew Saies Beneteau First 40 Two True rounding Cape Raoul in last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart  © Rolex/Daniel Forster
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 and for the start of the 65th annual blue water classic, the most reliable forecast models have pretty much converged.

A light summer north easter is expected to greet the 87 starters off Shark Island on Sydney Harbour on December 26th 2010, Boxing Day.

As they tack up the Harbour towards the two rounding marks, a southerly change will be sweeping up the NSW coast. It should be a colourful site as the fleet hoists their kites before rounding the Seamark and heading south, escaping the heavy chop from the usual large fleet of spectator powerboats.

A southerly change of 20-30 knots is likely to reach the race leaders, close to the coast off Kiama. The winds are likely to moderate inshore to 15/20 knots but remain heavier to seawards.

By the time the leaders reach northern Bass Strait on Monday afternoon, south westerly's of 30-40 knots with possible gusts to 50 knots could provide boat breaking conditions and this will be expected to slow down the heavily reefed big boats.

It seems the challenges will continue for the super maxis with a softening of wind conditions as they beat down the Tasmanian coast. That could even spell Parking Lot in the wee hours, though time will tell.

The 50-60 footers will have a kinder Bass Strait passage, as will the little boats behind them even more so and a weak front could deliver west to North West conditions on the Tasman coast during Tuesday.

If this happens early enough there might be a revisit of 2008 when a busy bunch of TP52's scored a 1, 2, and 3 on handicap. Bob Steel's TP 52 Quest was ninth across the line, finishing at 14.00.37 AEDT on 28 December, less than five hours after Line Honours winner Wild Oats XI to win the race on overall IRC handicap.

Or if the big fleet of 50-60 footers are slowed in their Bass Strait passage they may be rounding Tasman Island late in the day and stall in the Derwent.

Should that happen then 38-40 footers reaching Storm Bay early on 29th might be in the hunt for the Rolex watches and the Tattersall's Cup.

That would provide a replay of 2009 when South Australian Andrew Sailes and his Beneteau First 40 Two True finished at 12:49pm ahead of sistership Mark Welsh's Wicked and the two Sydney 38's Next and Swish, who four minutes were behind.

It's all up to Huey and the weather gods because the arrival times are so critical.

As one old salt said. It's simple really - you sail out of your skins, you win your division and what happens then has already been decided elsewhere.'

More news ahead - there are just too sleeps to the start.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Rolex Sydney Hobart - ORCi in its second year
Dobbs Davis,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - From Russia with love
Danielle McKay,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Blonde figurehead tough as they come
Danielle McKay,
For'ard hand Sophie Ciszek makes one impressive figurehead. The statuesque 6ft tall, 74kg light-weight has as much an imposing presence as a contrasting one, in what is largely a testosterone driven position in yachting.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - 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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Sydney Hobart Race display at Maritime Museum Tasmania
For Maritime Museum of Tasmania by Peter Campbell,
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania has loaned the painting of Rani to the Museum as part of a Sydney Hobart exhibit which will run through to the end of April.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Sail-World Video selections,
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Divisional Lists with handicaps - Provisional,
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Divisional Lists with handicaps - Provisional - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the event organisers have released the provisional lists of divisions with handicaps for the 2010 Sydney to Hobart race.... [more]
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Sydney Hobart - Sailors with disabilities lead communications race
Evonne Geluk,
Whatever challenges the Sailors with disABILITIES crew encounters in its Rolex Sydney Hobart bid next week, staying connected won't be one of them, thanks to Australian technology companies TC Communications and BEAM Communications.... [more]
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An old fashioned Rolex Sydney Hobart – uncomfortable and exhausting
Jim Gale,
Rolex Sydney Hobart 2010 - After several years of mostly tactical racing in comparatively benign conditions, the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart is set to return to its more traditional ways, with competitors told today that they are in for some very tough, boat and spirit-breaking sailing for at least the first 300 nautical miles of the race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - On the snotter!!
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Bureau of Meteorology's regional director NSW, Barry Hanstrum, presented the race outlook to a panel of skippers and navigators. Talk of robust headwinds has put a stop to race record prophesising, today's panel admitting their strategy is going to be focused on keeping boats and crew in one piece.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Incredible crew onboard Wild Oats XI
Rob Mundle,
Wild Oats XI will be crewed by one of the most talented teams imaginable when the big race starts on Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day. Of the crew aboard Wild Oats XI this year Steve Jarvin and Sven Runow claim the highest number of starts: 22 and 21 respectively. Navigator Adrienne Cahalan has 18 races behind her... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Forget the sawn off tooth brushes
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Today Grant Wharington explained. ‘With smaller crew numbers our displacement to length ratio will be lowest in the fleet. ‘There are big weight savings in reducing crew numbers – around 200 kilogram per person because the average guy is say 85 to 90 kilos and you've got their clothes, wet weather gear, harness, tether, Epirb, portion of life raft, water and food.... [more]
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Crossbow flies flag for men's cancer fundraiser during Sydney-Hobart
Heaven Can Wait Media,
Crossbow, a Beneteau 36.7 and Balmain Sailing Club's entry in the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, will be flying the flag for men's cancer fundraising in this year's race.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2010 - Heavy Weather Race
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
As the 2010 Hobart start creeps closer the weather models have still not converged. There might be or might not be a spinnaker start for the 89 boat fleet in the 65th annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. At least two models agree there will be a building southerly on Sunday afternoon. with very solid Bass Strait weather on Monday.... [more]
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Sydney-Hobart first! Oceanographic data for Hobart approaches
Sandman PR,
The last 10 miles of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has often been the graveyard of ambitions for many competitors. With the finish line in sight, fickle winds and tides make it a tactician's nightmare, potentially wrecking an otherwise well-sailed race. New tactical oceanographic data covering a large area of southeast Tasmania is now available for the first time to competitors.... [more]
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Skype - key event communication tool for Rolex Sydney Hobart race
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Going south as crew? Is your name spelt right?
Rob Kothe & Trevor Walkley,
Around 200,000 sailors and families will be following the Sydney Hobart race via Around two thirds of the fleet have already updated their Sail-World Boat notes, if your skipper and your boat are in that group, thanks. You might want to look at the notes again and polish them and check the crew names spelling etc. If not please do it now, we have sent access codes to skippers and c... [more]
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