and since we are talking about the Sydney-Hobart have a look at the "warm up" the 2013 SOLAS Big Boat Challenge:
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge 2013 from Greg Wilkins on Vimeo.
Lots of interesting boats this year, the "old" Vor 70 Grupama now renamed "Giacomo", Telefonica Vor70 now renamed Black Jack a new Ichi Ban, a brand new Carkeek 60 and the old Rambler now renamed "LOYAL". I believe that if someone is able to beat Wild Oats it will be this one. I don't believe Wild Thing can do it. And among the fast boat we will have the little Varuna a Ker 51 and the not so little Beau Geste a Botin 80fter.
At this first confrontation wild oats won but not for much:
1-WILD OATS XI .......01:10 :10
The first 6 were really close. It seems that this year the Hobart is going to be very interesting!!!!!
Among the small boats several A40 and several First 40. I bet that on the particular conditions of the Hobarth the best First will beat the best A40. A pity that the guys that used to race with a 40class racer will not be there this year, as well as none other. I guess they know this is not the type of race that suits them
The Yachts - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013
Two days for the start