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bubb2 12-26-2008 07:57 AM

They are off and running. The Sydney to Hobart race.
This is one of my favorites races. Flat out b++++ to the wall. It is also the 10th anniversary the 1998 race where 6 sailor's were lost in 60 foot seas and 80 mph winds.

Go Wild Oats!!!!

bubb2 12-26-2008 08:42 AM

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top align=right>.. </TD><TD vAlign=top>27 December, 2008 12:31:00 AM AEDT | Racetime 00:11:31:00

</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD vAlign=top>0015hrs, 27 DECEMBER 2008
At approximately 21:20 hrs, 32 miles south east of Point Perpendicular, a mayday call was issued from the yacht Georgia, a Farr 53 owned by Graeme Ainley and John Williams from Sandringham Yacht Club, as a result of losing her rudder and taking on water.
Tim Cox, Race Committee Chairman liaised with the relevant authorities including AMSA, NSW Water Police and the CYCA Emergency Management Team to effect a rescue. Radio Relay Vessel JBW assisted with the rescue by communicating instructions from the Race Committee to nearby vessels. Telcoinabox Merit, being closest to the stricken yacht effected a rendezvous and stood by for further instructions.
At approximated 23:00 all 14 crew members from Georgia were transferred to Telcoinabox Merit without incident via liferaft.
Telcoinabox Merit set course for Batemans Bay, where the crew will be transferred to the Police launch Nemisis in daylight.
At the time of the crew transfer the yacht was verge of sinking and is likely to be lost at sea.

JohnRPollard 12-26-2008 09:56 AM

Never a dull moment in the Hobart....

That's a race I'd like to do someday, preferably in moderate conditions.:)

T34C 12-26-2008 09:57 AM

Wasn't a yacht named Georgia lost in the '98 race also???

T34C 12-26-2008 09:59 AM

JRP- Please advise which year is going to have those moderate conditions, and I'll go too!!!!;)

PalmettoSailor 12-26-2008 10:40 AM

Gotta root for Ragtime as the only US entrant, plus she's almost as old as I am and still competitive.

bubb2 12-26-2008 10:50 AM


Originally Posted by T34C (Post 422932)
Wasn't a yacht named Georgia lost in the '98 race also???

List of entered boats for 1998 race.1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

mgiguere 12-27-2008 08:27 AM

For anyone interested, just read FASTNET 79 by John Rousmaniere. Started reading Christmas morning and couldn't put it down until finished. Great read and great analysis. This is also a world class event.


bubb2 12-27-2008 02:25 PM

Leader hits a shark
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The shark factor enters the Rolex Sydney Hobart equation

</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD></TD><TD vAlign=top>2100hrs, 27 DECEMBER 2008
Wild Oats XI has confirmed that it hit a two-metre long shark at 6.40 pm tonight while sailing at about 20 knots east of Schouten Island on Tasmania’s east coast and while engaged in a tense match race with the other maxi in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race fleet,Grant Wharington’s Skandia.
The impact was so great that the shark bounced off Wild Oats Xl’s forward rudder and wrapped itself around the aft rudder. The boat has two rudders to improve steering and loss of leeway caused by the canting keel on the boat.
Co-navigator Ian “Fresh” Burns said the crew had to stop the boat, adjust the sails so that the maxi sailed backwards; and the shark was able to shake itself free and swam away. Wild Oats XI then reconfigured its sails and resumed hostilities with Skandia.
A short time ago, Skandia had resumed the lead in their duel and was 1.7 nautical miles ahead as they closed in on Tasman Island, the next turning point of the race, about 90 miles ahead of them.
Although they are both on race record time, the forecast at Tasman is for a light easterly tonight with a north-westerly not expected to fill in before about 4 am. That makes the 7.40 am local time race record tantalising.
Up until the shark incident, Wild Oats XI had been making solid gains in fresh reaching conditions, according to Burns.
“We have at stages reached up to 28-29 knots and have passed Skandia. This has pepped the crew up, but it is still likely to be a long night,” said Burns.


blt2ski 12-27-2008 03:18 PM

Is it just me, or is the rolex site "slower than a dead slug moving backwards"?

The wild oats/skandia race has put some excitement to the race in my book. Appears overall a bit more competitive than past years.


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