Team Australia now has to beat super maxi Wild Oats XI's fastest time of one day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds for the 630 nautical mile course, set in the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart.
Team Australial has to average just 14.83 knots and, assuming a 10.30am start today between Sydney Heads, finish off Battery Point in Hobart just before 5am this Sunday morning, 24 February, to set a new passage record.
The giant multihull is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots but at that speed a collision with a sunfish or a shark would definitely be ugly.
Based on the current forecast, the 60ft long by 60ft wide trimaran could potentially slice half a day or more off the fastest time. We will keep you posted...
JJ Giltinan 18 footers 2013 – the really truly world championships of this spectacular class is being run on Sydney Harbour this week, with 30+ boats, the biggest fleet for eons.
The last two races, (yes they are races, not heats because it's not an elimination series. Yes we know that the skiffies have called their races heats since the 1890´s but the aim is not to confuse the FB and Twitter generations so races it is) will be sailed on Saturday and Sunday.
Gotta to Love It 7 and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel look like they will battle for the title but it only takes one capsize to change all that.
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