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12-27-2008 06:28 PM
blt2ski Good to know I am not the only one that is not enjoying the slowness of that site!

12-27-2008 04:32 PM
Originally Posted by blt2ski View Post
Is it just me, or is the rolex site "slower than a dead slug moving backwards"?

It's not you, the web site has been driving me nuts.
12-27-2008 03:18 PM
blt2ski 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.

12-27-2008 02:25 PM
Leader hits a shark

The shark factor enters the Rolex Sydney Hobart equation

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.

12-27-2008 08:27 AM
mgiguere 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.

12-26-2008 10:50 AM
Originally Posted by T34C View Post
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
12-26-2008 10:40 AM
PalmettoSailor Gotta root for Ragtime as the only US entrant, plus she's almost as old as I am and still competitive.
12-26-2008 09:59 AM
T34C JRP- Please advise which year is going to have those moderate conditions, and I'll go too!!!!
12-26-2008 09:57 AM
T34C Wasn't a yacht named Georgia lost in the '98 race also???
12-26-2008 09:56 AM
JohnRPollard Never a dull moment in the Hobart....

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