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  • Variable Winds Make 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart a Tactical Race

    Variable Winds Make 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart a Tactical Race

    “It will be a fast finish for the front of the fleet,” says George Snow, “and the medium sized boats will do well if they can get the tail end of the northerly winds. But the tail end could get left behind."
  • Chance of a spinnaker start

    Chance of a spinnaker start

    “The quicker boats could ride the west sou’wester all the way to Hobart before the high moves in but for the smaller boats, it could be quite a long race,” said the Bureau’s senior meteorologist Brett Gage this morning.
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    • 25 Dec, 2003 10:14:00 PM

    Winning one race doesn’t make you a Great Sailor

    Persistence and taking a long-term view. These are the two critical things you must have to succeed in life according to Skip Sheldon, owner/skipper of the Reichel/Pugh 65 Zaraffa. “Your life is measured by what you have done over the years, he says, “by its quality and volume.” It is not enough for a poet to write one gem, a scientist to make one advance in knowledge. There must be a body of work.

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  • Variable Winds Make 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart a Tactical Race
    • 24 Dec, 2003 03:28:00 PM

    Variable Winds Make 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart a Tactical Race

    “It will be a fast finish for the front of the fleet,” says George Snow, “and the medium sized boats will do well if they can get the tail end of the northerly winds. But the tail end could get left behind."

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  • Chance of a spinnaker start
    • 22 Dec, 2003 03:20:00 PM

    Chance of a spinnaker start

    “The quicker boats could ride the west sou’wester all the way to Hobart before the high moves in but for the smaller boats, it could be quite a long race,” said the Bureau’s senior meteorologist Brett Gage this morning.

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  • “Old salts” as Official Starters for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 22 Dec, 2003 03:03:00 PM

    “Old salts” as Official Starters for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Joining Gordon on the start boat will be three other “old salts”, brothers Malcolm and Ted Bryden- Brown, who will fire the 10 minute Warning Signal, and Bernard “Barney” Davies, who will fire the Preparatory Signal cannon 5 minutes before the start.

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  • Ten Years On – Victorian and Tassie Boats Go For The Double
    • 18 Dec, 2003 03:15:00 PM

    Ten Years On – Victorian and Tassie Boats Go For The Double

    1993 was also a special year for the Lyons 41 Cuckoos Nest, sailing this year as Interum, as she took out overall honours.

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  • Zana arrives in Sydney for Boxing Day classic
    • 18 Dec, 2003 02:31:00 PM

    Zana arrives in Sydney for Boxing Day classic

    “This boat was built for the Hobart Race. It’s the best race I’ve been in," says Thwaites

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  • Late withdrawals reduce classy fleet to 57 boats
    • 17 Dec, 2003 04:47:00 PM

    Late withdrawals reduce classy fleet to 57 boats

    Eight yachts have withdrawn from the original list of 65 that had lodged applications to enter the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but the 57 boats expected to line up on Boxing Day still represent one of the classiest fleets in years.

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  • Super maxi Zana due in Sydney tomorrow
    • 16 Dec, 2003 04:58:00 PM

    Super maxi Zana due in Sydney tomorrow

    New Zealand’s biggest-ever racing yacht, the super maxi Zana, is due in Sydney late tomorrow to challenge Australia’s largest ocean racer, Skandia, for Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Rolex Trophy Series sets the pace for Hobart
    • 15 Dec, 2003 06:59:00 PM

    Rolex Trophy Series sets the pace for Hobart

    Yendys, Ichi Ban, Ragamuffin, Bounder, Chutzpah…these are the boats that stand out as the potential Overall Winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after three days of concentrated, round-the-buoys racing in the inaugural Rolex Trophy Series off Sydney Heads.

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  • Yendys Wins IMS Rolex Trophy With One Race To Spare
    • 15 Dec, 2003 02:45:00 PM

    Yendys Wins IMS Rolex Trophy With One Race To Spare

    "There are a number of boats that can win the Rolex Sydney Hobart..we'll be hoping for heavy duty upwind conditions," says skipper Ross.

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  • Yendys’ five on the trot in Rolex Trophy Series
    • 14 Dec, 2003 06:01:00 PM

    Yendys’ five on the trot in Rolex Trophy Series

    Sydney businessman Geoffrey Ross has returned to ocean racing with a blast, winning five consecutive races with his new Yendys in the grand prix IMS division of the Rolex Trophy Series being sailed offshore from Sydney.

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  • Yendys, Ichi Ban notch up wins in sloppy seas
    • 14 Dec, 2003 01:46:00 PM

    Yendys, Ichi Ban notch up wins in sloppy seas

    Yendys won her third race in a row in the IMS Division, Ichi Ban her second out of four races in Race 4 of the Rolex Trophy Seas sailed in light winds and very sloppy seas off Sydney Heads today.

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  • Two yachts disqualified after race start collision
    • 14 Dec, 2003 09:43:00 AM

    Two yachts disqualified after race start collision

    The Protest Committee at the Rolex Trophy Series last night disqualified two yachts, Loki and Cinquante, as a result of a starting line collision in yesterday’s Race 3 of the regatta off Sydney Heads.

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  • Yendys scores second win in third race of Rolex Trophy Series
    • 13 Dec, 2003 07:47:00 PM

    Yendys scores second win in third race of Rolex Trophy Series

    The blessing bestowed by the Reverend Geoffrey Ross on his son, Geoff’s brand new ocean racing yacht Yendys certainly found favour with the wind gods today with the 52-footer scoring two successive wins on day one of the Rolex Trophy Series.

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  • Owners meet to discuss 2005 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship announcement
    • 13 Dec, 2003 06:14:00 PM

    Owners meet to discuss 2005 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship announcement

    Race 1 and 2 of Rolex Trophy Series proves frustrating for the Farr 40 fleet with Race 3 finally abandoned.

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  • Skandia shows her power in Race 2 of Rolex Trophy Series
    • 13 Dec, 2003 04:23:00 PM

    Skandia shows her power in Race 2 of Rolex Trophy Series

    With the nor’easter freshening to 10 knots, Skandia's massive waterline length and sail area saw her power away from the rest of the fleet.

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  • Skandia first home after delayed start for Rolex Trophy Series in Sydney
    • 13 Dec, 2003 01:48:00 PM

    Skandia first home after delayed start for Rolex Trophy Series in Sydney

    Race start delayed by an hour and a half as crews drift around in the searing heat off Sydney Heads.

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  • Trans-Tasman Duel for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race looms as Zana leaves Auckland
    • 13 Dec, 2003 12:26:00 PM

    Trans-Tasman Duel for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race looms as Zana leaves Auckland

    Zana due into Sydney next week, just nine days for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Grand prix racers’ final tune-up for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 12 Dec, 2003 06:40:00 PM

    Grand prix racers’ final tune-up for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Victorian yachtsman Grant Wharington has set his crew nine consecutive races as their final preparation aboard the 98-footer Skandia in his bid to win line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Portugese Ambassador launches a boat called  Sydney backwards
    • 12 Dec, 2003 09:18:00 AM

    Portugese Ambassador launches a boat called Sydney backwards

    What is the connection between Portugal and a yacht named Yendys (Sydney spelled backwards) christened today at the Cruising Yacht Club to begin its campaign to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race?

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  • Portugese Ambassador launches a boat called  Sydney backwards
    • 11 Dec, 2003 06:52:00 PM

    Portugese Ambassador launches a boat called Sydney backwards

    What is the connection between Portugal and a yacht named Yendys (Sydney spelled backwards) christened today at the Cruising Yacht Club to begin its campaign to win the Rolex Sydney. Hobart Yacht Race?

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  • Boxing Day Spectator Boat Tickets
    • 10 Dec, 2003 04:26:00 PM

    Boxing Day Spectator Boat Tickets

    Depart from the world famous CYCA at 11:00am on December 26 returning at approximately 2:30pm. The specially chartered catamarans will be anchored inside the exclusion zone, close to the action.

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  • Sailors From Four Nations To Vie For Rolex Trophy
    • 10 Dec, 2003 02:02:00 PM

    Sailors From Four Nations To Vie For Rolex Trophy

    Sailors from the United States, England and New Zealand have descended on Sydney for the Rolex Trophy Series, to be sailed this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the harbour and offshore. Sailors from the United States, England and New Zealand have descended on Sydney for the Rolex Trophy Series, to be sailed this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday on the harbour and offshore.

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  • Star-studded fleet for Rolex Trophy Series
    • 06 Dec, 2003 09:50:00 AM

    Star-studded fleet for Rolex Trophy Series

    Grand prix IMS and IRC yachts will contest next weekend's Rolex Trophy Series in Sydney while a US crew is contesting the Farr 40 One Design class, as is super maxi yacht owner Neville Crichton.

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  • Super Skandia cracks on power for Hobart
    • 02 Dec, 2003 09:13:00 AM

    Super Skandia cracks on power for Hobart

    Victorian yachtsman Grant Wharington has emphasised exactly why his new ocean racer, the 98-footer Skandia, is a hot favourite for line honours in the Rolex 59th Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • 24 hour information for worldwide race coverage
    • 27 Nov, 2003 05:39:00 PM

    24 hour information for worldwide race coverage

    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Rolex will provide 24 hour updated information about the fleet during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, through the official website and the media.

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  • Concentrated racing for Rolex Trophy Series
    • 26 Nov, 2003 05:03:00 PM

    Concentrated racing for Rolex Trophy Series

    Eight races in three days is the program for the Rolex Trophy Series in mid-December, with the Notice of Race now on the CYCA web site - www.cyca.com.au/sailing

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  • Nicorette unveils its Triple Moving Foil (TMF)
    • 25 Nov, 2003 06:13:00 PM

    Nicorette unveils its Triple Moving Foil (TMF)

    Maxi yacht Nicorette has a new weapon for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003 - a Triple Moving Foil (TMF), designed by Alex Simonis.

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  • Rolex Trophy Series Notice of Race
    • 21 Nov, 2003 03:58:00 PM

    Rolex Trophy Series Notice of Race

    Strong support is expected for the Rolex Trophy Series next month, with the Sydney Hobart Race sponsors extending their support to this prestigious lead-up event.

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  • The Race is on!
    • 10 Nov, 2003 12:35:00 PM

    The Race is on!

    Skandia, built for Melbourne’s Grant Wharington’s Wild Thing Yachting, and Zana, built for New Zealand yachtsman Stewart Thwaites, will head an international fleet in the 627 nautical mile ocean race starting on Boxing Day, 26 December.

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  • Classy fleet for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003
    • 10 Nov, 2003 12:25:00 PM

    Classy fleet for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003

    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has agreed to extend the date for the application of entries until Tuesday week, 18 November.

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  • Rolex Trophy Series as lead-up regatta to Hobart
    • 02 Nov, 2003 03:16:00 PM

    Rolex Trophy Series as lead-up regatta to Hobart

    The Rolex Trophy Series, previously called the British Trophy Series, will be the lead-up regatta to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Snow family sailing again on Brindabella
    • 31 Oct, 2003 08:52:00 AM

    Snow family sailing again on Brindabella

    George Snow is taking three of his adult children aboard Brindabella in the yacht's 10th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • 2002 Winner Quest seeks another victory
    • 22 Oct, 2003 07:19:00 PM

    2002 Winner Quest seeks another victory

    Bob Steel has nominated his 2002 Overall Winner Quest for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with sailing master Michael Green lining up for his 25th.

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  • Three Volvo Ocean 60s expected
    • 10 Oct, 2003 02:18:00 PM

    Three Volvo Ocean 60s expected

    Two former D'juice Dragon Volvo 60s, along with at least one other VO 60s, will contest the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003.

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    • 06 Oct, 2003 05:52:00 PM

    Big increase in marina space in Hobart

    An extra 56 marina berths are being built in Hobart, in time for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet in December.

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    • 29 Sep, 2003 02:51:00 PM

    Nominations in from all Australian States

    The much-travelled Ice Fire, now owned in Western Australia, has been nominated for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2003

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  • Leading US yacht to compete
    • 15 Sep, 2003 12:41:00 PM

    Leading US yacht to compete

    Prominent New York Yacht Club member Dr Huntington "Skip" Sheldon is bringing his Reichel/Pugh 65, Zaraffa, to Australia for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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    • 08 Sep, 2003 04:00:00 PM

    Notice of Race now available from CYCA

    The Notice of Race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is being distributed throughout Australia and overseas as the CYCA receives the first 10 nominations.

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    • 13 Aug, 2003 04:17:00 PM

    Stunning new ‘Yendys’ to be campaigned for second overall win

    Former Hobart Race overall winner, Geoff Ross, has has bought the Mediterranean based Banco Espirito Santo, rated the top IMS Grand Prix offshore yacht in Europe last season.

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  • CYCA responds to Alfa Romeo’s comments
    • 30 Jun, 2003 02:33:00 PM

    CYCA responds to Alfa Romeo’s comments

    Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore John Messenger today responded strongly to comments by Neville Crichton, owner of Alfa Romeo, as to this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Transpacific Race as lead-up to 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 18 Jun, 2003 10:49:00 AM

    Transpacific Race as lead-up to 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Krakatoa, which recorded the fastest elapsed time in 58 years for a boat under 10 metres LOA in last year’s Hobart Race, early next month will contest the 2,225 mile Transpacific Yacht Race as a lead-up to the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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  • First entry in for 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 16 Jun, 2003 09:32:00 AM

    First entry in for 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has received its first application to enter the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – from the first yacht forced to retire from last year’s race.

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  • New 30 metre super maxi being built for 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 04 Jun, 2003 02:46:00 PM

    New 30 metre super maxi being built for 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    The largest ocean racing yacht ever built in Australia, a 30 metre super maxi for Victorian yachtsman Grant Wharington, will contest this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This is the most innovative of Wharington’s line of fast boats named Wild Thing and is under construction at Mornington, Victoria, due to be launched in late August.

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  • Early boost for 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet
    • 26 May, 2003 02:06:00 PM

    Early boost for 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet

    Andrew Short, a Sydney yachtsman with a passion for fast offshore racing yachts, has bought the two Danish 60-footers built for the last Volvo Ocean Race round the world.

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  • Striking new trophy for small yachts in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 24 May, 2003 01:14:00 PM

    Striking new trophy for small yachts in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    A new sterling silver America's Cup replica trophy will be presented in Hobart this year for the yacht with the fastest time in the designated Small Boat category.

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    • 17 Mar, 2003 01:20:00 PM

    Increase in IRC upper limit for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race through to 2005

    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia today announced a slight increase in the IRC upper limit, from 1.6 to 1.61, and the incorporation of an absolute size limit of 30 metres LOA, effective for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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