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  • What you need to know about the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart

    What you need to know about the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart

    Boxing Day in Australia is the perfect excuse to fire up the barbeque, devour leftover Christmas feasts and kick back to watch one of the world’s toughest yacht races.
  • Bureau forecast favours the big fast boats

    Bureau forecast favours the big fast boats

    Could we see all four 100 foot yachts fighting each other up a sulky Derwent River on Wednesday night? That tantalising climax of the race for line honours has been more than hinted at by the weather patterns taking shape in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race over the next few days.
  • Homework versus local knowledge

    Homework versus local knowledge

    The docks of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia are awash with Americans - we always get some for the Rolex Sydney Hobart - but this year there are five American yachts: Christopher Dragon, Dorade, Wizard, Triple Lindy and Warrior Won, not to mention the North American stowaways on Sir Robin Knox Johnston’s 11- strong Clipper Fleet.
  • What you need to know about the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart
    • 25 Dec, 2017 10:20:00 AM

    What you need to know about the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart

    Boxing Day in Australia is the perfect excuse to fire up the barbeque, devour leftover Christmas feasts and kick back to watch one of the world’s toughest yacht races.

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  • Bureau forecast favours the big fast boats
    • 24 Dec, 2017 01:28:00 PM

    Bureau forecast favours the big fast boats

    Could we see all four 100 foot yachts fighting each other up a sulky Derwent River on Wednesday night? That tantalising climax of the race for line honours has been more than hinted at by the weather patterns taking shape in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race over the next few days.

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  • Homework versus local knowledge
    • 24 Dec, 2017 11:11:00 AM

    Homework versus local knowledge

    The docks of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia are awash with Americans - we always get some for the Rolex Sydney Hobart - but this year there are five American yachts: Christopher Dragon, Dorade, Wizard, Triple Lindy and Warrior Won, not to mention the North American stowaways on Sir Robin Knox Johnston’s 11- strong Clipper Fleet.

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  • Who will win the Tattersall Cup?
    • 23 Dec, 2017 03:27:00 PM

    Who will win the Tattersall Cup?

    It is just three days to the start of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart, so of course it is time for the bar-room pundits to start speculating about who will take out Australian yachting’s most prized trophy, the Tattersall Cup for the overall winner on handicap - everyone has a theory - everyone has a favourite.

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  • And the winner is...
    • 23 Dec, 2017 10:55:00 AM

    And the winner is...

    In most sports working out who has won is dead easy - the winner breaks the tape first, scores more points or runs in a limited time or wins more sets than their opponent - even in most handicap races, because of staggered starts and different weights, the first across the line is the winner.

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  • Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Crews Announced: Wounded warriors ready to set sail for Hobart
    • 22 Dec, 2017 03:44:00 PM

    Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Crews Announced: Wounded warriors ready to set sail for Hobart

    Sixteen wounded, injured and ill defence personnel and veterans were announced today as the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 crews for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017.

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  • It's crowded in here
    • 22 Dec, 2017 11:20:00 AM

    It's crowded in here

    Comfy she is not - in her 40 foot hull Imalizard boasts no floor, no shower, no windows, no table other than a small chart table and even that, in these days of electronic charts, is barely used, while sails are stacked on the bottom of the boat - it does have a toilet though, a luxury that owner Bruce Watson concedes is required by the rules of the Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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  • Virtual Regatta registrations continue to build in debut year for the Rolex Sydney Hobart
    • 22 Dec, 2017 10:37:00 AM

    Virtual Regatta registrations continue to build in debut year for the Rolex Sydney Hobart

    With just days until the Boxing Day start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR), registrations have been mounting for what will be the blue water classic’s first year of partnership with Virtual Regatta, the world's leader in cutting edge sailing simulation games.

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  • Even if it gets wet his rear end won’t be sore
    • 21 Dec, 2017 03:38:00 PM

    Even if it gets wet his rear end won’t be sore

    He is not entirely sure because they don’t keep records of these things, but when Bill Wheeler steers his Beneteau 57 Vanishing Point across the line he thinks he could have set a new Rolex Sydney Hobart race record.

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  • A nice run to Hobart
    • 21 Dec, 2017 02:03:00 PM

    A nice run to Hobart

    The Bureau of Meteorology has given the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet an early Christmas present - speaking at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this morning, Bureau of Meteorology’s Manager, Weather Services NSW, Jane Golding, delivered a forecast that points to a fast, mostly broad reaching and running race.

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  • Great vision
    • 20 Dec, 2017 10:51:00 AM

    Great vision

    There are a lot of drop-dead gorgeous racing boats in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, but on Boxing Day keep an eye out for a bright red timber boat from Adelaide called Enchantress.

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  • Supermaxi Wild Oats XI struck by lightning on eve of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 19 Dec, 2017 04:15:00 PM

    Supermaxi Wild Oats XI struck by lightning on eve of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    The Oatley family’s champion Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, is at the centre of a frenetic repair schedule after it was struck by lightning at the weekend.

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  • The heat is on
    • 19 Dec, 2017 02:09:00 PM

    The heat is on

    With just a week to go to the start of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart, the pressure is building on everyone to get their boats fully prepared, the crew working as a team and every last wrinkle ironed out, especially for the 28 international boats.

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  • Two Rolex watches are good – three would be better
    • 18 Dec, 2017 03:46:00 PM

    Two Rolex watches are good – three would be better

    Pay attention - it all gets a bit complicated - Bob Steel won the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart in 2008 on his TP52 Quest, and he had already won the race once before, in 2002, on a different boat also named Quest.

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  • Mark Hipgrave - Mister Lucky - or not?
    • 17 Dec, 2017 05:08:00 PM

    Mark Hipgrave - Mister Lucky - or not?

    When the start cannon fires on Boxing Day, Queensland entries headed south will number 11 in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but one is a little more unusual than the rest – a boat full of people who stand out because they are known as solo sailors.

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  • A race of second chances
    • 16 Dec, 2017 12:59:00 PM

    A race of second chances

    In 2012, at the age of 58, well known Cruising Yacht Club of Australia offshore racer Warwick Sherman contested his first Sydney Hobart - it was on his bucket list after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin mantle cell lymphoma in June 2010.

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  • You can win the race at both ends of the fleet
    • 16 Dec, 2017 10:49:00 AM

    You can win the race at both ends of the fleet

    “Line Honours is all that matters,” so declared the man who will steer one of the very last boats to cross the finish line in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year, as he has done six times previously.

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  • There are a lot of ways to get to Hobart
    • 15 Dec, 2017 02:53:00 PM

    There are a lot of ways to get to Hobart

    Yes, I know you can fly there for starters, but in the last week of the year for a surprising number of people, the only way to get to the Apple Isle of Tasmania is by racing boat, but even then, there are an amazing number of options in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race.

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  • Jim Cooney adds LDV Comanche to his fleet
    • 15 Dec, 2017 10:08:00 AM

    Jim Cooney adds LDV Comanche to his fleet

    The 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours victor, LDV Comanche, was yesterday purchased by Sydney’s Jim Cooney from its American owner Jim Clark, meaning there will be a gathering of four Australian owned super maxis on the start line of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s classic when it starts on Boxing Day.

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  • The siren call of Hobart
    • 14 Dec, 2017 05:08:00 PM

    The siren call of Hobart

    This year Tony Ellis will become just the second person ever to compete in 50 Sydney Hobart races when the fleet departs the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Boxing Day – and he will be just one Hobart shy of Tony Cable, who has raced south a record 51 times.

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  • Wounded Warriors to set a course for healing in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 05 Dec, 2017 04:15:00 PM

    Wounded Warriors to set a course for healing in Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will set sail in the fleet for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. An Australian crew will steer a course for Hobart aboard Invictus Games Sydney 2018 DOWN UNDER with a UK Crew aboard Invictus Games Sydney 2018 GAME ON in what’s tipped to be an ‘Ashes on the Water’.

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  • Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Media Launch 2017
    • 29 Nov, 2017 05:26:00 PM

    Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Media Launch 2017

    The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 promises to be yet another blockbuster. The 73rd running of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile blue water classic has attracted 107 yachts, including a record 30 internationals, four supermaxis and some of the greatest names associated with ocean racing.

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  • Kialoa II crew growing mo’s for the bro’s
    • 01 Nov, 2017 03:18:00 PM

    Kialoa II crew growing mo’s for the bro’s

    November 1 is the start of Movember, the annual men’s health awareness campaign and fundraiser, and both the delivery and Rolex Sydney Hobart race crew of Kialoa II are getting into the 70s vibe in anticipation of the 73-footer’s arrival into Sydney at the end of the month.

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  • Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Entries close with 110 yachts
    • 30 Oct, 2017 11:08:00 AM

    Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Entries close with 110 yachts

    Last year’s overall winner and the record-breaking line honours victor are among the quality 110 entries, including a record 31 internationals, received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which starts at 1pm on Boxing Day.

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  • New Ichi Ban benchmark for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 17 Oct, 2017 02:46:00 PM

    New Ichi Ban benchmark for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    A double win in her opening race has Matt Allen’s brand new Ichi Ban firming up as a favourite for the upcoming Rolex Sydney Hobart when the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race starts on Boxing Day.

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  • Black Jack marks 50th entry for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
    • 26 Sep, 2017 11:14:00 AM

    Black Jack marks 50th entry for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    Peter Harburg’s Black Jack marks the 50th entry received by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, adding to speculation that 73rd race will showcase the largest super maxi line-up in the history of the race.

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  • Step two for Kialoa II
    • 17 Aug, 2017 08:44:00 AM

    Step two for Kialoa II

    Kialoa II has completed the Rolex Fastnet Race and will soon hoist sails and head to Sydney, Australia, and the second major goal for the owners Patrick and Keith Broughton, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR) starting from Sydney Harbour on December 26, 2017.

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  • Overseas boats among early entries
    • 09 Aug, 2017 11:32:00 AM

    Overseas boats among early entries

    Two-time America’s Cup challenger, Vincenzo Onorato, is among the seven early international contenders for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

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  • 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Entries Open
    • 26 Jun, 2017 10:34:00 AM

    73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Entries Open

    The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has released the Notice of Race for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017, inviting eligible yacht owners to enter what is one of the world’s toughest offshore racing challenges.

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