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  • Wild Oats XI wins the treble

    Wild Oats XI wins the treble

    Wild Oats XI has been confirmed as handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, making her the first yacht to win the fabled treble since Captain John Illingworth and his yacht Rani won the inaugural race across Bass Strait 60 years ago.
  • Fourth retirement leaves 55 still racing to Hobart

    Fourth retirement leaves 55 still racing to Hobart

    Star Dean-Willcocks has become the fourth boat to retire from the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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    • 29 Dec, 2005 08:25:00 PM

    Exhilarating Bass Strait crossing followed by blast reach down Tasmanian East Coast

    PHS entrant Diomedea reports Thursday evening after another two days of champagne sailing across Bass Strait and fast broad reaching down the east Tasmanian coast.

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  • Wild Oats XI wins the treble
    • 29 Dec, 2005 07:20:00 PM

    Wild Oats XI wins the treble

    Wild Oats XI has been confirmed as handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, making her the first yacht to win the fabled treble since Captain John Illingworth and his yacht Rani won the inaugural race across Bass Strait 60 years ago.

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  • Fourth retirement leaves 55 still racing to Hobart
    • 29 Dec, 2005 06:58:00 PM

    Fourth retirement leaves 55 still racing to Hobart

    Star Dean-Willcocks has become the fourth boat to retire from the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Official - Wild Oats XI takes Hobart Race hat-trick
    • 29 Dec, 2005 06:03:00 PM

    Official - Wild Oats XI takes Hobart Race hat-trick

    The Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Geoff Lavis this evening announced that there is now no boat at sea that can beat Wild Oats XI as Overall Winner of the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • 'Ordinary' first day cramps Wedgetail’s style.
    • 29 Dec, 2005 05:18:00 PM

    'Ordinary' first day cramps Wedgetail’s style.

    Queenslander Bill Wild arrived in Hobart excited by what his new Welbourn 40 had shown on the last two days of the race, but disappointed that a slow first day for the smaller boats in the fleet had probably cost them a chance to threaten Wild Oats XI for the handicap win.

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  • Three hours of frustration for Shogun
    • 29 Dec, 2005 04:10:00 PM

    Three hours of frustration for Shogun

    The competition between three DK 46 design boats in the Rolex Sydney Hobart has been close with Ray Roberts’ Quantum Racing taking the honours.

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  • Prowler arrives in Hobart – Not bad for an old girl!
    • 29 Dec, 2005 03:10:00 PM

    Prowler arrives in Hobart – Not bad for an old girl!

    It was an interesting trip down south for Geelong Yacht Club’s 42 footer, Prowler as she crept into Hobart this morning, with conditions experienced across the race that were described as a real mixed bag.

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  • Quantum racing leads the DK 46s, but it was hairy
    • 29 Dec, 2005 03:00:00 PM

    Quantum racing leads the DK 46s, but it was hairy

    Ray Roberts’ Quantum Racing was another boat to suffer steering failure at a particularly hairy moment of the race, driving downwind under a spinnaker stretched to breaking point with 30 knots of breeze inside it.

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  • Dudley steers Wedgetail to strong result in Division B of Rolex Sydney Hobart
    • 29 Dec, 2005 02:57:00 PM

    Dudley steers Wedgetail to strong result in Division B of Rolex Sydney Hobart

    The Queensland yacht Wedgetail, helmed by yachtswoman Vanessa Dudley, is currently placed second in division B of the IRC handicap section of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Fischer to go to electric winches
    • 29 Dec, 2005 02:40:00 PM

    Fischer to go to electric winches

    Ragamuffin skipper Syd Fischer, one of the great characters of Australian ocean racing, reckons he’s been told electric winches are cheaper than conventional ‘coffee’ grinders.

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  • Handicap challengers slipping away
    • 29 Dec, 2005 02:00:00 PM

    Handicap challengers slipping away

    In a typical Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, one of the well-prepared mid-sized boats is generally a good bet for winning on handicap. For this reason DK46 Quantum Racing was seen as one of the strong favourites for this year, but the predominantly downwind conditions have played into the hands of the big boats. Line honours winner Wild Oats XI is looking increasingly likely to add the coveted Tattersalls Cup to Bob Oatley's trophy cabinet.

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    • 29 Dec, 2005 12:11:00 PM

    Third retirement from Rolex Sydney Hobart

    Victorian entrant Ice Fire has become the third yacht to retire from this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • Perfect first Hobart for navigator Penny Haire on Heaven Can Wait
    • 29 Dec, 2005 11:41:00 AM

    Perfect first Hobart for navigator Penny Haire on Heaven Can Wait

    Brisbane yacht Heaven Can Wait arrived at Constitution Dock, Hobart this morning after what can only be described as a perfect run for the Queensland first timer.

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  • Your Worst Nightmare – big winds, no steering!
    • 29 Dec, 2005 10:24:00 AM

    Your Worst Nightmare – big winds, no steering!

    It is difficult to imagine anything worse happening during a yacht race than what occurred to Geoff Boettcher’s Hardy’s Secret Men’s Business yesterday as they continued the battle down the Tasmanian coast in the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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  • Chieftain leads grand prix boats across the line
    • 29 Dec, 2005 09:57:00 AM

    Chieftain leads grand prix boats across the line

    Gerry O’Rourke reckoned there should be a special line honours division for 50-footers after his Cookson 50 Chieftain crossed the line at 4:38am today.

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    • 29 Dec, 2005 09:07:00 AM

    Tough little boat keeps on trucking

    The second smallest boat in the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet, Tow Truck, this morning reported that last night’s conditions were hard work and, at times, frightening.

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  • Day 4 in photos
    • 29 Dec, 2005 12:00:00 AM

    Day 4 in photos

    A collection of photos from 29/12/2005

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