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    The Sydney Hobart Over 60 Club

    The Sydney Hobart always attracts an elite cross section of the biggest and fastest racing monohulls on the planet and 2018 is no exception.
    Here is a selection of 10 of them competing in this years contest:



    ALIVE RP 66

    Alive is registered with the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Tasmania. Purchased at the start of 2014 by Phillip Turner, a Tasmanian businessman. She has broken several long-standing race records and filled the trophy cabinet with east coast Australia races before heading to Southeast Asia mid 2017 for the Asian Series. She has now returned and looking forward to east coast Australia racing, including the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Formerly Black Jack designed by Reichel/Pugh and a near sister ship to Wild Oats X. Last raced in 2016 when she was 17th overall and eighth across the line. Experienced and well-travelled crew under owner Phillip Turner and skipper Duncan Hine, she will be amongst the top place getters.


    Owner Philip Turner (3)
    Skipper Duncan Hine (5)
    Navigator Wouter Verbraak
    Crew Marco Jeffrey (7), Shane Gaddes (5), Tim Somerville (2), Marco Carpinello (1), William Tiller (2), William Mackenzie (2), Kinley Fowler (2), William Endean (1), Luke Watkins (1






    Black Jack RP100

    One of the clear favourites for line honours as well as the handicap prize in a big boat race. Third to finish last year and claimed the line honours in 2009 as Alfa Romeo. The team started the season in fine form by taking line honours in the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race and in the process beating both Wild Oats XI and Comanche. Owner Peter Harburg and skipper Mark Bradford have again assembled a top-class crew and with more under-the-water modifications she could easily lead the charge south. Australian Olympian Anthony Nossiter and New Zealand America’s Cup hero Brad Butterworth will look after the tactical side while Australian Tom Addis will handle navigational duties.
    Owner Peter Harburg
    Skipper Peter Harburg (7)
    Sailing Master Mark Bradford (11)
    Navigator Tom Addis (12)
    Crew John Flannery (15), Liam Woulfe (4), Peter Merrington, Scott Beavis (12), Shane Dunne (4), Simon Daubney (5), Vaughan Prentice (10), Will McCarthy (13), Alex Nolan (12), Anthony Nossiter (18), Brad Butterworth (5), Brian Hillier (8), Bruce Clark (26), Chris Anderson (5), Darren Hutchison (12), Dean Phipps (5)





    Comanche 100 Supermaxi

    Claimed line honours in last year’s race, repeating her success from 2015 and in the process breaking the course record. Owner Jim Cooney has once again assembled an all-star crew headed by ace helmsman Jimmy Spithill and Volvo Ocean Race offshore veteran Brad Jackson with the team on the top line of favouritism for another line honours title. Crew have been working hard to lift their light-air performance and already have been impressive in capturing line honours records in both the Sydney to Newcastle - Bass Island Yacht Race and Flinders Island Race. Also taking line honours in the recent Cabbage Tree Island Race. She was built to break records and in 2015 set a new monohull speed record covering 618.01 nautical miles in 24 hours at an average speed of 25.75 knots. A new race record is not beyond her, or any of the other super maxis.

    Owner Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant
    Skipper Jim Cooney (7)
    Navigator Simon Fisher
    Crew Jimmy Spithill, Kelvin Harrap, Julia Cooney (3), James Cooney (2), Pablo Arrate, Justin Slattery, Louis Sinclair, Tom Johnson, Andrew Henderson (21), Nick Burridge, Ryan Godfrey, Daryl Wislang, John Hildebrand (12), Dirk De Ridder, Kyle Langford, Brad Jackson

    Note: Jimmy Spithill is out with an arm injury and Stan Honey is on crutches after buggering up his leg in Sydney getting off Comanche





    Infotrack Juan-K 100

    Claimed line honours in 2016 (as Perpetual Loyal) and in the process breaking the course record. She raced under current owner Christian Beck last year when she was fourth over the line but was relegated to 24th due to a rule infringement. Began life as Speedboat, then became Rambler 100 before Perpetual Loyal and now Beck has arranged a crew full of round the world heroes in Bouwe Bekking (Ned), Stu Bannatyne (NZ) and navigator Andrew Cape (Aus) who will be looking for a tough upwind bash to push this boat towards her second line honours title. Owner Beck was the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and the founder of LEAP and InfoTrack, a technology company that provides tools for people and businesses.


    Owner Christian Beck (1)
    Skipper Joe Akacich (18)
    Navigator Andrew Cape (17)
    Crew Bradshaw Kellett (26), Tony Mutter (4), Dylan Clarke (4), Ty Oxley (14), Hugo Slawson (4), Alexander Gough (3), Darren Beck, Bouwe Bekking (2), Mitchell White (17), Stu Bannatyne (12), Guillermo Alterdill (1), David Wills, Antonio Mons (1), Holly Taylor, Mal Parker (7), John Ahern, Nicholas Dana (1), Lucas Chapman (5)




    Scallywag Dovell 100

    “When things get hard, they just work harder. It’s one of the things that makes us (David Witt and Seng Huang Lee) proud of the team. The ethos of a Scallywag: endure, adapt, excel, and to never give up,” said Witt. “But at the end of the day, we are just a bunch of mates sailing together with an ever-growing Scallywag family from all over the globe. And we’re excited to take on the race by storm.” The goal for the owner and the team is raising and promoting competitive sailing in Asia, while building a long-lasting youth sailing legacy in Hong Kong in conjunction with the Hong Kong Sailing Federation. The team has made history by being the first ever Hong Kong entry into the Volvo Ocean Race (2017-18 edition), also winning Leg 4: Melbourne to Hong Kong for Hong Kong’s debut stopover, as well as coming second place in Leg 6: Hong Kong to Auckland.

    Owner Seng Huang Lee (1)
    Skipper David Witt (23)
    Crew Meitatsu Fukumoto, Kenta Inaba, Ben Piggott (4), Trystan Seal, Nick Meyer, Scott Salter (1), Luke Parkinson (4), Ferdinand Galleta (3), Marcus Ashley-Jones (14), Phil Harmer (11), Pete Cumming, Annemieke Bes (2), Nick Crones (1), Tom Clout (4), Jack Macartney (7), Jack Chen, Miles Seddon, Matt Pearce (20)





    Wild Oats XI RP100
    Has one of the great CVs in the 74-year history of the great race south. Eight line-honours titles (including two race records) and two overall victories, once again will be amongst the favourites especially in the line honours duel. The past three years have not been kind to her having retired in both 2015 and 2016 and then last year was penalised out of the race record and line honours after an incident at Sydney Heads. She will have plenty to prove this year with the majority of her strong crew returning to try to write another piece of Sydney Hobart Yacht Race history.
    “I have a very good feeling about this year’s race from the team perspective. We have a great team of people both on the boat and shore crew and in particular, The Oatley Family,” said Richards.

    Owner The Oatley Family
    Skipper Mark Richards (16)
    Navigator Juan Vila (5)
    Crew Matthew Mason (10), Matthew Shillington (23), Nathan Ellis (13), Paul Magee (11), Robbie Naismith (23), Rodney Daniel (17), Sam Newton (6), Steve Jarvin (30), Steve Quigley (6), Tim Wiseman (13), Chris Links (25), Carlo Huisman (2), Cameron Baillie (6), Daniel Oatley (1), Glenn Bourke, Graeme Taylor (22), Iain Murray (24), Josh Whittaker (16)




    Wild Oats X Reichel/Pugh 66
    An all-woman crew with the large majority having raced in the recent Volvo Ocean Race. It’s just her second Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race; but is no stranger to action. Third in the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2010, second in Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2010, winner of Hamilton Island Race week 2005, line honours Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2007 and 2005 and more. Finished last year’s Race in 11th overall and fourth in her Division. Will no doubt be there, or thereabouts this year. In 2006 Dee Caffari became the first woman to sail single-handed around the world “the wrong way”, westward against the prevailing wind and currents.
    Owner The Oatley Family
    Skipper Stacey Jackson (11)
    Crew D Caffari (1), L Greenhalgh (1), C Brouwer (1), K Spithill, B Cook, S Cafer (15), V Dudley (22) J Cole (7), K McMasters (3), S Ciszek (5) F Rosenberg, K Pettibone (2)




    Winning Appliances Carkeek 60

    Built in Dubai, Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban Carkeek 60 has been loaned to John Winning Junior and Senior, hence the renaming to the family business. “It’s a group of friends and family sailing in memory of the 1998 race,” Winning Jr says. “It’ll be the first and probably only time we’ll get the chance to do the race together.” The crew will include Tommy Spithill and Seve Jarvin whose brother and father respectively are sailing on super maxis. Since 2005 Winning Sr has loaned his motor cruiser JBW to the CYCA for use as the Radio Relay Vessel.

    Owner Matthew Allen
    Skipper John Winning Jr (2)
    Crew Douglas McGain (13), Troy Tindill (10), Pete Calligeros (17), Justin Schaffer, Hamish Roughley (8), John Winning, Seve Jarvin (2), Tom Woodcock (5), Tom Spithill (3)




    Prospector Mills 68
    The Prospector team and family have been methodically ticking off our bucket list of some of the world’s great ocean races including so far, the Transatlantic Race, Middle Sea, Fastnet, Pineapple Cup and Pac Cup. The team have been fortunate to finish on the podium more often than not, including winning overall and setting the course record in the Marblehead to Halifax race. “Many view the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as the pinnacle in our sport and we figured we had to come and try out against the best so here we are!” Explained Paul McDowell. The team is unique in that there are four equal owners (Larry Landry, Paul McDowell, Dave Siwicki and Marty Roesch) and mostly sail with a Corinthian crew of friends. “While fun is always at the top of the agenda, we take it seriously and have the results to show for it. Our task is made immeasurably easier by our terrific boat which gives us the platform to excel in nearly any conditions. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be a serious test for us, but we feel up to the challenge,” says McDowell.

    Owner Shelter Island Transatlantic Partners
    Skipper Paul McDowell
    Navigator Larry Landry
    Crew Matthew Landry, Dr Dave Siwicki, Artie Means, Quinn Tobin, Lucien Moore, Robert Mccarthy, Andrew Wolf, Martin Roesch, Henry Little, Dave Scott, Scott Mras, Tim Keyworth, Stuart Macneil, Dennis Willette, Colette Storck, James Quivey, Terrence Glackin




    Naval Group Reichel Pugh 65

    Led by Sean Langman, MD of Noakes Group and one of the nation’s best-known and most versatile sailors who has handled everything from 18-foot skiffs and 60ft trimarans to gaff-rigged classics and competed in 27 Hobarts. Naval Group is the former Moneypenny, the last RP65 to be built by McConaghy’s in Australia, launched in 2008 for American Jim Swartz who competed in the Newport Bermuda Race, among other events. For the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart, Naval Group’s crew is a mixture of French and Australian, including a number of RAN personnel. “Another year and a new challenge,” Langman said. “Representing Naval Group, the RP69 was chosen to provide a platform for French and Australian employees to demonstrate their ability to work as a team and achieve a respectable result.”
    Owner Sean Langman
    Skipper Sean Langman (27)
    Navigator Murray Spence (18)
    Crew Josh Alexander (18), Shaun McKnight (9), Lee Goddard (3), Herve Guillou (1), Antoine Caillaud, Diane Roy, Edward Bramich, Gaetan Bourdeaux, James Wilkes, Steven Patriarca, Tabitha Stevenson, Tori Costello, Jean-Francois Lucas, Jerome Vol, Luc Remont, Siobhan Byrne
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    Early Forecast For Sydney Hobart

    In an early forecast prediction, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Simon Louis told a selection of navigators at a Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race press conference at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia today to expect a little of everything in the early stages of the 628 nautical mile race.

    Louis said: “The long-range weather models show relatively light winds as the yachts leave Sydney Harbour, but with a 15-20 knot (and gusts to 35 knots) north to north-easterly winds which should continue during Boxing Day night and into the next day, with the breeze expected to go around to the west later.” This scenario will leave some dead spots in between.

    The model is also showing a weak trough over the far NSW coast throughout this period, with lighter and more variable winds off the far south coast and into Bass Strait, causingPrimitive Cool’s David Sudano to quip: “Looks like we’ll need plenty of change for the parking lots.”

    Sudano said the Victorian Reichel/Pugh 51, owned and skippered by John Newbold would make the best of the weather, which is favouring those in the 50- to 55-foot range – and the super maxis – apart from the sections where the parking lots lay in wait.

    Andrew Cape, a veteran of 18 Hobarts and many Volvo Ocean Races, is navigating Christian Beck’s Infotrack. He says: “It’ll be good when we get the big southerly change - it’s always a relief in a Hobart race. And if all goes to plan – although it’s still very early to say - the record could go in one day eight hours.”

    A veteran of 26 Sydney Hobarts with a win on Loki in 2011, Patrice’s long-time navigator, Michael Bellingham says, “Patrice is more prepared than she’s ever been. We’re very comfortable with the current modelling.

    “I think on Boxing Day, at the moment, it will be interesting to see if we’ve got any breeze at the start – and if the north/easter has filled in,” he said. “One day eight hours (Cape’s suggested record break time) – I was just trying to digest that… I think we’ll be looking at two days 12 hours for Patrice and I think the TP52's about five to six hours quicker than that – but we’re not allowed to talk about them (including last year’s winner Ichi Ban) on Patrice. It’s certainly sub-two days for the bigger boats I think,” he ended.

    Lindsay May, looking down the barrel of his 46th straight Sydney Hobart, this time on the oldest, heaviest boat in the fleet, Kialoa II, which took line honours with her original owner in 1971, has accepted that the going will be tough in the light weather for the S&S yawl now owned by Patrick and Keith Broughton.

    “We’re about 45 tonnes, so the light air is of course going not be favourable for us – but you live with what you get.”

    Asked who he favoured to win the race overall, May, who has won the race three times overall, the latest as skipper of Simon Kurt’s Love & War in 2006 – and taken line honours on Brindabella in 1997, said: It’s one of the best fleets I’ve ever seen – it’s almost impossible to say. I guess if I’m pushed, Bush Paul Group (Mathew Short) is my pick. They have a very good – including the navigator Hedge (Glenn Cooper).”

    Steve Kidson, who recently navigated CYCA Vice Commodore Noel Cornish’s St Jude to overall victory in the Club’s 180 nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island Race, wasn’t impressed with what is to be dished up: “We really need a lot of upwind. St Jude is not a boat for downwind conditions.

    “We won the Cabbage Tree Island Race in mainly upwind conditions – so no – the current forecast does not suit us – we’d like more southerly and little north-easterly,” he said with a wry smile.

    Still, as the BOM’s Simon Louis pointed out, “We’re still six days out – it can change…”

    The Boxing Day start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be broadcast live on the Seven Network via 7Mate throughout Australia. The race start will also be live streamed to a vast international audience via the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race website www.rolexsydneyhobart.com. Tencent, Fox Asia and ABC International will also pick up the feed and broadcast to their markets.
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    Start Of 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart



    Boxing Day's Start via the lens of Borlenghi




    A perfect sunny summer day, and lovely 10-12 knot north easterly breeze made for one of the most exciting starts to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with all five super maxis vying for the lead at one stage before leaving Sydney Heads.

    After clean starts on all three lines, the Oatley family’s Wild Oats XI and Peter Harburg’s Black Jack were neck-and neck, while InfoTrack and Sun Hung Kai Scallywag gave chase and Comanche made a swooping tack to the east of the Harbour. Black Jack’s skipper, Mark Bradford, then put the foot to the accelerator to see the Queensland boat leave her rivals behind for the right hand turn at South Head for Hobart.










    Wild Oats XI was next, Seng Hung Lee’s Sun Hung Kai Scallywag and Christian Beck’s InfoTrack followed. But it wasn’t long before the powerful Comanche made a comeback to hold a slight lead at 2.45pm, with the other supers in hot pursuit; no more than a mile between the five. By 3pm, all were ahead of Comanche’s record of last year, as were Alive and Wild Oats X.

    Winning Appliances, the Carkeek 60 best known as Ichi Ban, also got off the front line with pace, leading her 60 to 70 foot contemporaries. It wasn’t long before the two RP66’s, Phillip Turner’s Alive and the Stacey Jackson skippered, all-female crew on Wild Oats X had overhauled her, but the other ‘60’s’ were not far behind.














    Those on the two start lines behind did not fare as well as the front line, as the breeze kept dropping out and became patchy, making it particularly difficult for the third line boats to lay their turning mark at Sydney Heads.

    But all 85 boats eventually cleared the Heads, the smallest boat in the fleet, Army Sailing Club's 30 foot Gun Runner, skippered by Reece Young, having the distinction of last boat to clear the Harbour. However, she had four or five boats for company, only slightly ahead of her.

    Of the 11 internationals, Ron O’Hanley’s canting-keel Cookson 50, Privateer, was looking good - as was the first Hungarian entry in the race - the Roni Ormandlaki skippered TP52, M3 Team Hungary.









    The move leads many to reconsider their predictions as to the overall victory in this year’s 628 nautical mile race. Matt Allen’s defending champion, Ichi Ban, a TP52, still rates No. 1 with most, and was up challenging the 60-plus footers of the race. However, little boats like Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40, Chutzpah (Vic) sailing well in her favoured off the wind conditions. A second Victorian, John Newbold’s RP51 Primitive Cool was also up amongst it.

    At the other end of the fleet, Gun Runner and LeeAnn Lynch’s Elan 43 Relish IV, with 49 Sydney Hobart race veteran Bill Ratcliff on board, were almost level pegging.

    Medium north easterly winds continue along the NSW Coast, meaning the super maxis are unable to put a lot of distance on the bulk of the fleet at this early stage of the race.

    At 3.25pm Gordon Ketelbey reported his yacht Zen had rig damage and that they were retiring to Wollongong. at 4:20pm Sun Hung Kai Scallywag reported a broken bowsprit and have also retired from the race, the fleet is now at 83.

    Stay locked right here for all information regarding the Great Race, Follow the fleet with the yacht tracker, and stay up to date with the latest positions on the live standings page.

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    As the competitors reach midnight on Day 1 of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, a smattering of early retirements has left the fleet even hungrier for the line honours and overall prizes. After the lead changed with every tack at the Sydney Harbour start, the trend seemed to be continuing with Comanche blasting off in the building sea breeze, only to be hunted down again by her lighter-wind-favoured competitors come nightfall.












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    - After leading for most of day 1 down the NSW South Coast Comanche has been usurped from Line Honours lead

    - Wild Oats XI has retaken the top spot on line honours and is in a position she’s used to, having sailed to line honours victory on eight previous occasions

    - Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah, after taking the overall victory in the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race earlier in the year, is currently at the top of the IRC standings, holding out race favourite Ichi Ban by almost an hour on estimated corrected time

    - TP52 Zen has retired with rig damage and has returned to port in CYCA

    - Sun Hung Kai Scallywag has retired with a damaged bowsprit and has returned to Sydney

    - Patriot has retired with rudder damage




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    Looks like the 4 maxis are neck and neck.

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    Ichi Ban is dominating across the IRC and ORCi divisions.

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    A 4 Boat Super Maxi Drag Race

    The prospect of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finishing in an historic four-way tussle on the Derwent River is on the cards, believes Mark Richards, skipper of eight times winner Wild Oats XI.

    Richards was speaking on Wednesday afternoon as Wild Oats XI, Black Jack and InfoTrack were hot on the trails of race leader and last year’s winner, Comanche, in a race that was poised to end in an unprecedented battle between the four super maxis for line honours.

    About five nautical miles separated the four boats as they sailed across Bass Strait towards Tasmania in 15-25 knot north easterly winds. But during the day the breeze varied, dropping at times to six knots.



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    Asked if this was the closest race between so many super maxis that he had ever had, Richards said: “It is by far the closest race ever.

    “I think it will go all the way to the finish line.”

    Richards was unsure about what time Wild Oats XI may cross the finish line in Hobart, saying: “It’s hard to know. We are thinking, sort of six or seven in the morning. It depends on the breeze.” However, he said if the breeze weakens the finish “could be a lot later.”

    So tight has been the race between the front runners, Richards could not foresee any opportunity to jump away from Wild Oats XI’s rivals.

    “It is going to be a very tight race. But we lost about eight miles (earlier when they were caught on the wrong side of a high pressure ridge) very, very quickly. So that is how quickly it can change.”

    Richards said that otherwise, Wild Oats XI had had a problem free sail. “The guys have done an awesome job. We have had every sail up about 10 times. So far so good.”

    Meanwhile, Tom Addis, navigator on Black Jack, shared a similar assessment of the probable outcome to this Sydney Hobart race.

    “It’s not usual to have four quite different boats all in the same patch of water,” said Addis, speaking moments before Richards.

    “These boats are all very different. They all have different strengths and weaknesses. This is the most interesting race in the 100 footers.”

    But when asked if he could envisage a finale with all four maxis fighting for the line honours win on the Derwent River, he said: “There’s a good chance that we’re all going to be together.”

    However, when pressed on Black Jack’s chances, Addis said they were “quite good,” and would continue to be helped with weaker winds.

    “We’re really strong in about 8 knots. If it is more than 10-12 knots, the more powerful boats go faster. But if it’s lighter, we can go a lot faster than them. We’re hoping for a shut down.”

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    Maxis At The Mouth

    The prospect of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finishing in an historic four-way tussle on the Derwent River is on the cards, believes Mark Richards, skipper of eight times winner Wild Oats XI.
    Richards was speaking on Wednesday afternoon as Wild Oats XI, Black Jack and InfoTrack were hot on the trails of race leader and last year’s winner, Comanche, in a race that was poised to end in an unprecedented battle between the four super maxis for line honours.


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    About five nautical miles separated the four boats as they sailed across Bass Strait towards Tasmania in 15-25 knot north easterly winds. But during the day the breeze varied, dropping at times to six knots.

    Asked if this was the closest race between so many super maxis that he had ever had, Richards said: “It is by far the closest race ever.
    “I think it will go all the way to the finish line.”


    Richards was unsure about what time Wild Oats XI may cross the finish line in Hobart, saying: “It’s hard to know. We are thinking, sort of six or seven in the morning. It depends on the breeze.” However, he said if the breeze weakens the finish “could be a lot later.”


    So tight has been the race between the front runners, Richards could not foresee any opportunity to jump away from Wild Oats XI’s rivals.
    “It is going to be a very tight race. But we lost about eight miles (earlier when they were caught on the wrong side of a high pressure ridge) very, very quickly. So that is how quickly it can change.”





    Richards said that otherwise, Wild Oats XI had had a problem free sail. “The guys have done an awesome job. We have had every sail up about 10 times. So far so good.”
    Meanwhile, Tom Addis, navigator on Black Jack, shared a similar assessment of the probable outcome to this Sydney Hobart race.
    “It’s not usual to have four quite different boats all in the same patch of water,” said Addis, speaking moments before Richards.


    “These boats are all very different. They all have different strengths and weaknesses. This is the most interesting race in the 100 footers.”
    But when asked if he could envisage a finale with all four maxis fighting for the line honours win on the Derwent River, he said: “There’s a good chance that we’re all going to be together.”
    However, when pressed on Black Jack’s chances, Addis said they were “quite good,” and would continue to be helped with weaker winds.
    “We’re really strong in about 8 knots. If it is more than 10-12 knots, the more powerful boats go faster. But if it’s lighter, we can go a lot faster than them. We’re hoping for a shut down.”


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