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    Wild Oats XI Claims Their 9th Line Honors



    Wild Oats XI With a 4.4 nm lead over Comanche with 9.2 nm to finish!

    Barring any last minute disaster, this will be their 1st Line Honors since 2014, and 8 other times since 2005.


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    Thanks!
    Attempted to get the live feed but no luck.
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    “Redemption, guys … Redemption day …” yelled a beaming Mark Richards to the cheering crowd on the docks after he skippered the 14 year-old Wild Oats XI to a record ninth line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Friday 28 December.

    As Richards screamed, he was still on the miracle, skinny super maxi yacht that he later dubbed “the Phar Lap of yachting” - with owner Sandy Oatley and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Paul Billingham who presented him the John H. Illingworth trophy awarded to the line honours winner.

    Around him, his crew began their celebrations for a spectacular come-from-behind win, secured in the last hour when they passed race leader, Comanche, before dawn.

    After being ceremoniously thrown in the water by his crew, Richards elaborated on what the win meant to him and his crew in the aftermath of Wild Oats XI being penalised one hour after an incident following the race start with Comanche who were anointed line honours victors last year.

    Wild Oats XI’s winning time for the 628 nautical mile race after crossing the finish line at 8.07.21am was one day 19 hours 7 minutes 21 seconds, almost 10 hours outside Comanche’s race record last year.

    In second place was Peter Harburg’s Black Jack in 1d 19h 35m 6s, followed by the Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant owned Comanche in 1d 19h 36m 9s and then InfoTrack, owned by Christian Beck, in 1d 19h 49m 31s.

    “It’s redemption for us, that’s for sure,” Richards reiterated after stepping onto the dock. “After last year’s result (which was) so disappointing.

    “Today was Wild Oats’ 10th time over the line first, regardless of what anyone else says. We are so happy with the result. It was an amazing, amazing contest to the end.

    “I take my hat off to all the super maxis. All teams did an awesome job. We all (the four maxis yachts) came into the Derwent together. So what more could you ask for?”

    Richards compared his emotion to last year, saying: “It’s sort of black and white isn’t it? We did an awesome job last year and last year we made a mistake and we paid for that. That’s just sport, there is no issues at all.

    “I take my hat off to the Comanche guys. They did a fantastic job. The boat was going really fast, way faster in the light than we thought she would. We couldn’t catch her in the light air which is really unusual.”

    Asked how this ninth win weighs up against Wild Oats XI’s other victories, Richards said: “This is one of the best yachting wins of my life and I’ve won a lot of races.

    “This is one of the best feelings, not just for me, but for the whole team, the Oatley family. After an event like last year, to come through and redeem yourself, today is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. Money can’t buy that sort of stuff.”

    Pressed on whether he and Wild Oats XI would return next year to extend their record of wins further, he said: “Don’t rip up your tickets … you ‘gotta’ give yourself something to talk about later.”

    Richards also lauded the worthiness and sheer class of Wild Oats XI, especially against such a strong calibre field of super maxis yachts, of which there were five entries, but four finishers, after Scallywag withdrew with a broken bowsprit a few hours after the Boxing Day start.

    “I think there are only six grand prix hundred footers in the world,” he said. “They (the five entries) are the best 100 footers in the world - and to have a boat this old still showing the way is pretty impressive. She is a remarkable machine.

    Richards praised his crew, but cited strategist, Iain Murray, navigator Juan Vila and tactician Glenn Bourke for their roles in Wild Oats XI’s move at Tasman Light at 4am when she overtook Comanche.

    “There is a big transition zone there with no wind,” Richards said, adding that Vila, Murray and Bourke “picked the wind really well and the guys did and awesome job. The guys basically sailed around the opposition and got us in the position where when the breeze filled in from the sou’-west we were in the right spot and off we went. That was the game- winning manoeuvre.”

    By RUPERT GUINNESS, RSHYR Media


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    The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has provided more than an unprecedented line honours battle that met a thrilling climax on Friday.

    As the four super maxis still in the race from five that entered this year’s 74th edition of the the Sydney Hobart came to terms with today’s results which saw Wild Oats XI win line honours from Black Jack, Comanche and InfoTrack, the battle for overall victory remained wide open.

    As the 628 nautical mile race entered its third day, the race between the smaller boats was proving to be as scintillating for sailing fans.

    At 1.45pm on Friday, defending Tattersall Cup champion, the TP52 Ichi Ban owned and skippered by Matt Allen, was leading overall after a thrilling snakes and ladders slide down to 32nd and up again.

    With 67nm to go and 13nm south-east of Maria Island, Ichi Ban led the Tasmanian Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive that is owned by Phillip Turner and the NSW Farr 55 Hollywood Boulevard, owned and skippered by Ray Roberts. Fourth was the US entrant, Privateer, a Ronald O’Hanley owned canting Cookson 50 that is registered with the New York Yacht Club.

    Meanwhile, in fifth was another NSW boat, Wild Oats X, the Reichel-Pugh 66 with the same owners of Wild Oats XI, the Oatley family. It is skippered by Stacey Jackson.

    The battle between the two Reichel-Pugh 66-footers – Alive and Wild Oats X - was showing to be a nail biting one, with only one nautical mile separating them at 1pm when they had 16nm left to race.

    Registered with the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Alive was 6nm east of the Iron Pot at the entry to the Derwent River at 1pm. She is a proven performer for long distance races, having broken several long-standing records, and won numerous races on Australia’s east coast before heading to Southeast Asia in 2017 to race on the Asian circuit.

    Skippered by Duncan Hine, Alive, bought by Turner in 2014, is a near-sistership to Wild Oats X. This is also her first Sydney Hobart since 2016 when she placed 17th overall and finished eighth across the line.

    Meanwhile, Wild Oats X is the all-professional women crewed entry on which former Foreign Affairs Minister, Julie Bishop, was on board for the Rolex Sydney Hobart start on Wednesday, after which she disembarked by jumping off as the boat passed near Bondi Beach.

    Ms Bishop, who is an ambassador for the crew’s campaign for ocean sustainability, was in Hobart and boarded the yacht after the finish.

    Conditions on the Derwent River as the two crews raced to the finish were nice and breezy with winds blowing from the south at around 7-10 knots.

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    Protest Pending On Wild Oats XI




    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA), the organising authority for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has been advised that Race Committee has advised that they have lodged a protest against Wild Oats XI.

    The Race Committee received a report from the owner of Black Jack advising that Wild Oats XI’s AIS had not transmitted throughout the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2018.
    On investigation, and based on its own evidence, the Race Committee considers there may have been a breach of S.I. 11.4 in respect of Special Regulation 4.09 (a).

    The CYCA Commodore, Paul Billingham explained: “The Race Committee is independent of the organising authority of the race to ensure objectivity is maintained and seen to be maintained in circumstances such as this.”

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    A comment by Black Jack owner, Peter Harburg, on the dock after four supermaxis finished the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart has hung a black cloud over Wild Oats XI's ninth line honours victory.
    Harburg claimed that Oats had ceased to transmit an AIS signal from the boat last night, in contravention of the race sailing instructions. The rules clearly state that all boats must carry the system, which identifies the boat and her position to neighbouring craft, and it must be turned on at all times.

    Harburg said the Queensland-based Black Jack, which came in 28 minutes after Wild Oats XI, wanted the race committee to examine the issue but that "it's not our job to protest".

    "If you are going to win the race you should win it according to the rules … it should be fair," he told ABC Hobart.

    Harburg said it was "a pity that such a great race as this, which has been a close race with all of us changing position all the way down… got bad at the end because someone just doesn't have any regard for the rules".

    The advantage to a yacht of not having her position known by her competitors is that she could "go invisible" and make a tactical move that the others could not cover. Under cover of darkness, Wild Oats made a race-winning move to the east of the other three supermaxis.

    Infotrack owner, Christian Beck also that they had noticed Wild Oats was not transmitting, but said it had no bearing on the race win, as Oats was in sight of the other leaders "at all times".

    Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards rejected the claim, telling ABC Hobart that Black Jack could "do and say what they like".

    "[AIS being switched on] is not a mandatory thing (which is incorrect)… we were in sight of each other the whole race, it was that close," Richards said, describing the accusation as a "storm in a teacup".

    It is possible that the race committee, now they are aware of the alleged infraction, could lodge a protest against the boat, but at this stage that is considered unlikely.

    - Roger McMillan in Hobart


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    The Race Within A Race


    Alive (above) and Wild Oats 10 (Below)
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    Two Reichel/Pugh 66s' epic battle

    While the super maxis were hard at it from start to finish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, two Reichel/Pugh 66s were also hard at it not too far behind them; Phillip Turner’s Tasmanian Alive and the Oatley family’s Wild Oats X, skippered by Stacey Jackson.

    In the end, and much to the delight of the locals in Hobart, Alive was victorious over the line and overall from the pro all-female crew by a nick under 13 minutes when she finished fifth over the line at 2.40.36 this afternoon.

    Currently the Taswegians are second overall in the standings, but will have to wait it out to see whether others still racing can beat their time in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race.

    Nevertheless, Alive’s skipper, Duncan Hine commented, “We’re ecstatic – all of us – of course we are.”

    Following her finish, Alive did her lap of honour past the Taste of Tasmania, something the entire fleet get to do on finishing. It was crowded with locals and visitors alike. The cheer was more a roar, when it was announced Phillip Turner’s 66-footer was a local.

    “It was amazing – wonderful – hearing the cheer from our hometown,” Hine said.

    Of the race with Wild Oats X and in general, Hine said: “We had a fantastic race with them. Both of us have a competitive nature and the interest in the two of us was great. We swapped the lead once or twice and were never far apart for the entire race.

    “It (the race) was a lot of hard work – before and during. The conditions were not exactly ours – we like it light (the breeze), but I guess there were reasonably light areas. But you never know whether your competitors are going to go through the same conditions as you – so you don’t know how you will finish up until a lot of the fleet are in.”

    However, Hine did concede: “We are over the moon. We’ve had a wonderful couple of days. Phil and I put together a wonderful crew – and it’s not that easy to get a such good one – so we couldn’t be happier.

    On board Wild Oats X, Stacey Jackson believes the crew she skippered should return to next year’s 75th edition in another bid to win the race overall.

    Jackson signed off on her 12th Sydney Hobart this afternoon when she and her crew on Wild Oats X, owned by the Oatley family, crossed the Derwent River finish line. She was sixth boat to finish - five behind Wild Oats XI, which is also owned by the Oatleys, and won line honours earlier in the day.

    “I reckon we have probably proven our worth this week and it would be a shame to not continue (as a crew),” Jackson said.

    “I imagine all the girls would come back. We’ve had an amazing time together. We’re really looking forward to doing some more sailing.”

    Jackson said there was nothing in the race that surprised her or her crew: “Other than that it was such an easy race weather wise and you’ve got to be happy with that, every single time you get it.

    “It’s hard to pick a bad bit in this race, to be honest … probably listening to the memorial to the guys who were lost 20 years ago (on Thursday during the 5pm radio check) was probably the sad part of this race. But (it was) nice we could acknowledge what happened and nice that the conditions were very different to that this year.”

    She said that Wild Oats X’s only set back was losing an A2 spinnaker on the first night. It would have served them so well in the 7-10 knot southerly as they sailed up the Derwent River under glorious sun.

    “That hindered us a little bit this afternoon,” Jackson said.

    “We came here to try to win it. We have done pretty damn well.”

    As Jackson and her crew celebrated on board at the docks, they were joined by the Oatley family, including Sandy Oatley and several members of the Wild Oats XI crew, including skipper Mark Richards.

    Also joining the crew was former Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, an ambassador for their campaign for ocean sustainability.

    Jackson praised the Oatley family and the Wild Oats Racing team.

    “The boat is an amazing vessel for the job,” Jackson said.

    “We couldn’t be happier that the Oatleys have loaned it to us and that we got to team up with Wild Oats Racing to get the job done.”

    Jackson said she had hoped that hearing that Wild Oats XI had won line honours would be a precursor for Wild Oats X’s handicap hopes.

    “It was nice to hear our big brothers on Wild Oats XI got the line honours,” she said. “We hoped that might have been an omen for Wild Oats in general and that we could come through, but we are sitting in fourth (as they had finished) and we are happy with that.”








    Jackson said she and her crew were held in suspense as they waited to learn the fate of Wild Oats XI as it fought a thrilling race for line honours with Black Jack, Comanche and InfoTrack, which finished in that order.

    “It was a little unclear for us initially,” Jackson said.

    “The last position we heard said they were 100 metres before the finish line and nobody else had finished.

    “We were assuming that in some point in time they were going to be the winners.”

    The Wild Oats X skipper will be awarded the Jane ‘Jenny’ Tate Memorial Trophy for the first female skipper to complete the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at the official prize giving on 31 December in Hobart.

    There are 72 yachts still racing, after 2 Unlimited retired after hitting a sunfish and breaking their rudder; they are heading to Triabunna. The fleet is at 79 yachts.

    For all information and to follow the race on tracker: http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/

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    Why did Jim Clark sell Comanche?

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    Rumor had it that the boat captain had gotten a bit to friendly with missus Clark.

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    The Storm Before The Calm




    As usual around this time of the race, hard conditions have hit the 62 boats remaining at sea in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with boats reefing down for the hard remaining miles to Hobart.

    Carl Crafoord, co-owner and navigator of the Cookson 12, Sail Exchange, reported at 0635 this morning: “We’ve had a fair bit of breeze – 30-32 knots out of the west – then it went round to the north-west. We’ve been fully pressed sailing with two and three reefs in the main. We followed the forecast and I’m disappointed as there was more than forecast and we lost time on Grace O’Malley and Enterprise.

    “We got to Tasman Island and got a southerly off St Helens –and then we ended up becalmed there for 35 minutes or so. Having said that, the boat’s in good shape,” Crafoord, who is doing his 33rd Sydney Hobart this year and is one of just three father and son combinations to have achieved 30 Sydney Hobarts each in the history of the race.
    “We’re now reaching under spinnaker off Maria Island. The boat’s in good shape,” Crafoord, from Sydney ended.

    Meanwhile, Tasmanians are pinning their hopes on nothing changing in the overall standings for the 628 nautical mile race. Philip Turner’s Reichel/Pugh 66, Alive, is leading the charge for the Tattersall Cup. The Duncan Hine skippered boat, representing the Derwent Sailing Squadron, finished the race yesterday, shortly after 2.30pm and has sat at the top of the leaderboard since early last evening.





    Their near-sistership Wild Oats X, with an all-female professional crew skippered by Stacey Jackson, is in second place. In third place and still able to spoil the top two’s party, is Grace O’Malley, the Cookson 12 owned by Zoe Taylor.

    Taylor has Wendy Tuck, the Australian Female Sailor of the Year and inaugural Offshore Sailor of the Year on board, as well as Emma May, a product of the CYCA’s Youth Academy on board. At 7am, they were 7 nautical miles north-east of Tasman Island, having escaped from their main rivals, Enterprise, the modified Farr 40 owned by West Australian Anthony Kirke and Sail Exchange. The two are seventh and 13th respectively overall.

    In other news, Triton is the latest yacht to finish the race. Owned by David Gotze and Michael Cranitch, the LC60’s crew includes Tony ‘Ace’ Ellis, who has just sailed his 51st Sydney Hobart, equalling Tony Cable’s record for the most races by an individual. Still at sea is LeeAnn Lynch’s Relish IV, with Bill Ratcliff sailing his 50th race.
    And while Alive is waving the banner for Tasmania, spare a thought for fellow Tasmanian entry, 2 Unlimited. She was hit by a sunfish yesterday afternoon along the Tasmanian Coast and retired, making a total of seven retirements from the race. The Farr 40 recently purchased and modified for offshore racing by gun sailor, Greg ‘Enzo’ Prescott, was a solid bet for the overall win.

    By DI PEARSON, RSHYR media



    Thirty hours into the 74th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the four 100-ft Maxis at the front of the fleet were separated by a mere five-nautical miles with a little under 200-nautical miles still to complete. A close contest between the race leaders has ensued ever since yesterday’s memorable Sydney Harbour start. Although the race record is unlikely to be challenged, an exciting finale down the Derwent River into Hobart is forecast. There had been four retirements and the majority of the 81-strong fleet were negotiating the Bass Strait. Rolex has been Title Sponsor of the 628-nm race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the collaboration of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, since 2002.
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    More Borlenghi Magic




    If you were waiting for some of those classic, mystical images of the fleet approaching Hobart that
    we have become accustomed too over the years, but were disappointed that the image galleries at the
    official website were lacking, look no more.











    Master photographer, Carlo Borlenghi has brought the goods once again.
    Here is a slight sample of his work, and when you consider the logistics of getting to Hobart,
    catching a number of helo flights, returning, downloading then editing, then catching another
    flight for 3-4 days straight, you can imagine the workload.










    Enjoy this slight sample!








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