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Race Updates - 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart

Race Updates - 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart
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Race Updates - 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart

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2023 RSHYR UPDATE Saturday 0835hrs

At this morning, just 30 yachts from 103 starters had finished the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with 16 yachts retired from the race. MWF Kayle, the Lyons 54 owned by the Making Waves Foundation and Will Vicars’ pretty Hoek TC78, Oroton Drumfire, were among the morning arrivals at Castray Esplanade finish line in Hobart.

The first two-handed entry, Mistral, sailed by Rupert Henry and Jack Bouttell crossed the finish line at 08:53:38 am and are currently placed an incredible sixth overall in the open fleet. Henry, Mistral’s owner, is the defending two-handed champion from last year’s race when Greg O’Shea co-skippered the yacht. With new crew, Bouttell, Mistral is unlikely to be beaten for the top spot again. He described last night’s conditions in the race as, “Brutal. It was very cold and we had strong winds of up to 43 knots in Storm Bay – classic Storm Bay. Bass Strait was upwind. This race has thrown everything at us.”

It is gear-breaking weather and has resulted in some crews having to make repairs at sea, while news came of the retirement of Helsal 3 from the race. Rob Fisher and crew were unable to rectify damage. They will depart Port Arthur tonight with an ETA in Hobart of 0300 hours tomorrow morning. 

Among those still racing though, is Henry’s father, David Henry and his co-skipper Stephen Price. “Dad’s a legend,” Henry acknowledged at Constitution Dock this morning.  

Among those that finished last night was Geoff Hill’s Antipodes, among her crew was navigator Lindsay May, who sailed his 50th successive Sydney Hobart.  Bruce Taylor’s Chutzpah (Vic) also finished, he and son Drew sailing their 30th Sydney Hobart together. Taylor’s navigator, Kingsley Piesse, notched up a milestone of his own, sailing his 40th consecutive Sydney Hobart. And once again, this well sailed crew has nabbed a divisional placing, with third in Division 2.

Bumblebee V, the 2001 winner of the race, now owned by Paul Blakeley, also finished last evening at 8:41:23 pm. 

Today and this evening will be busy, with the bulk of the fleet due to arrive. Spare a thought for those still at sea in what has been described by finishers as “one of the toughest races in years,” due to the wide and unexpected conditions from thunderstorms to lightning shows, no wind, light wind and up to 45 knots worth during the race so far

Malcolm Roe, owner of the elegant Swan 45, Amazingrace, said last evening: “We expect to be rounding Tasman Island after the westerly hits. Just enjoying a nice hot dinner before the big westerly hits…”


Credit: CYCA/Salty Dingo


2023 RSHYR UPDATE Friday 0740hrs

Just six yachts have so far finished the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the varied and squally conditions making it difficult for the fleet to sail a simple and quick race, to the point where the next yacht due to cross the finish line is David Gotze’s No Limit (Vic), expected to cross the finish line around midday.

A text from Brad Kellett, reported from Geoff Hill’s Hong Kong entry Antipodes this morning, says it all about the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race, the first ‘traditional’ style race in some years. “Hi from Lindsay May’s 50th race,” Kellett said of navigator’s 50th consecutive Sydney Hobart. Well, he’s getting a real Hobart. We’ve had everything except hard running conditions. “We’ve had some down time on Antipodes (a Santa Cruz 72), with breeze holes that our competitors didn’t get. We’ve got a tear in the new mainsail to repair; we blew out our J2 headsail, which would be up right now in the 12-14 knot southerly. “We’re currently approaching Wineglass Bay sailing upwind. We should be rounding Tasman Island later this afternoon and hopefully should arrive in Howdown (Hobart) in the dark. Hopefully before the (Derwent) shutdown” said Kellett, who is a Lindsay May in waiting. Sailing his 31st consecutive Hobart he is the only one likely to outnumber May in the long run. Kellett ended, “Looking forward to seeing the Lindsay May cheer squad on the dock and enjoying the festivities in Hobart.”

Robbie Fisher, skipper of Helsal 3, agreed with Kellett summation of the race so far. “We have a minor injury to a crew, a couple of broken ribs. Our navigator was on deck, slipped, and cracked a couple of ribs. That put us down a helmsman as well. We’ve injury to the boat too. A broken halyard, torn main and other little things. We’ve lost a bit of ground, but we’re pressing on. We’re hoping to finish tomorrow,” said Fisher, who is doing Hobart number 23. The Hobart sailor said they had spent six hours in one spot off Gabo Island. “The most we saw in the last hour of that time was 0.8 of a knot. It was so painful. Then we copped a beating across the Strait. We had over 30 knots and it was pretty bad. We broke a halyard and a few bits and pieces. We have persevered though... Right now the breeze is down to 5 knots (at 8.10am). It’s been an interesting trip to say the least.”

Fisher has his family on board, the three doing their first Hobarts. Wife Kerrie, son Brandon and daughter Elizabeth. They also have the ashes of Fisher’s father, Tony, who took Sydney Hobart line honours and broke the race record in 1973 with a former Helsal, built of ferro cement and dubbed ‘The Flying Footpath’. “Dad could have said ‘You should have put more gear up. He’s the lucky one though, he’s lying down in his usual bunk, so he’s relaxed. I don’t think the family will come again (the race). They’ve had enough, but they’ve all done their watches, so I can’t complain. Doing this race with me, experiencing it for themselves, they all think I’m crazy, doing the race so many times.” Fisher continued, “The first night we saw the best lightning show. I’ve never seen anything like it. We were doing 13-14 knots in calm seas and it went on for three quarters of an hour. It was the most eerie experience. During the race we’ve had had everything except hard running conditions. I wanted to put the kite up just show the family what it looked like, but I thought better of it!” Fisher, whose Helsal 3 from Hobart is expected to finish late tomorrow evening, ended, “We saw LawConnect took line honours and everyone on board was cheering for them.”

More retirements during the night, as Salt Lines, She and Gunshot each retired with mainsail damage and going into Eden.

In a happy miscommunication, the New Zealand two-handed crew of husband and wife, Michael and Tracey Carter (Allegresse), have not retired from the race. Following a rest period, they resumed racing this morning.

The conditions have been particularly punishing on the two-handed crews. In all, 81 boats are yet to finish the race.

Credit: Antipodes Racing


2023 RSHYR UPDATE Thursday 1900hrs

They said it couldn’t be done and that just drove Grant Wharington to prove the doubters wrong when he built the new 100 foot Wild Thing 100 in five months and made both the start and finish lines of the 2023 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Wharington and crew, including son, Oli, on his third Sydney Hobart and 21-year-old daughter Georgia, doing her first, were as thrilled as everyone else when he moored at the King Street Pier late today after crossing the finish line at 06:09:06pm. Wild Thing 100 finished just short of an hour behind Sean Langman’s Moneypenny which had been in a battle royale with URM Group and Alive for the overall win. The pair were fifth and sixth boats to finish the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race.

Wharington said, “We wouldn’t have gone to the start line if we thought we would not have made the finish line. That would be foolhardy.” Wharington could not heap enough praise on his build team of Theo and Paddy and his main build team of Theo (Somssich) and Paddy (Lambourne). “They worked hard to get the boat done, even working on Christmas Day. I couldn’t have done it without them. We have fantastic people who are dedicated. This morning I saw a few friends had retired; Witty with Scallywag, Spiesy on Maritimo, so I was grateful we finished. Grateful. We knew we couldn’t win, but we are here with our heads held high. We are still starting at the bottom and I know we will get better from here.”

Wharington said having his kids involved in the race “has given me a new enthusiasm for the sport. I like designing and building, so to do this also with the new boat also gave me enthusiasm.”

Earlier, Sean Langman’s chances of winning the race evaporated when he decided to take a ‘short cut’, the most direct route to the finish. Moneypenny, a Reichel/Pugh 69, is currently placed third overall, a great result, but not what Langman was looking for.

The next boats due to finish are David Gotze’s No Limit and the first of the TP52s, Sebastien Bohm’s Smuggler, the Max Klink skippered Caro and Sam Haynes’ 2022 winner, Celestial. The four boats are not due till tomorrow from 9.30am.

In other news, more retirements today. Bacardi, Allegresse and Cyan Moon. Bacardi, which contested its 30th Sydney Hobart, the most by any boat, suffered damage, the New Zealand crew of two-handed entry Allegresse pulled out with fatigue, while Cyan Moon had rig damage.

Credit: ROLEX/Andrea Francolini


2023 RSHYR UPDATE Thursday 1530hrs

The Line Honours podium n the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is now complete, with the RP72 URM Group becoming the third boat in this year’s fleet to cross the finish line this afternoon. URM Group finished the 628 nautical mile race organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in a time of 2 days 02 hours 07 minutes 19 seconds.

Owned by Anthony Johnston, URM Group’s third place behind line honours winner LawConnect and second placed Andoo Comanche signed off a brilliant race by the team. URM Group spent much of the race in a tight tussle with two other mini maxis, Philip Turner’s RP66 Alive (Tas) and Sean Langman’s RP69 Moneypenny (NSW). However, today URM Group managed to jump away and beat them both to the finish line ending its campaign with a superb sail up the Derwent River into Hobart.

A longer news story will be upload onto the News section of the RSHYR website later today. 

Credit: CYCA/Salty Dingo


2023 RSHYR UPDATE Thursday 1100hrs

In what has been an epic race from start to finish, Christian Beck’s LawConnect has lost her bridesmaid tag of the last three years to claim line honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this morning, crossing the Castray Esplanade finish line in Hobart at 08.03.58am this morning in the time of 1 day 19 hours 03 minutes 58 seconds

The John Winning Jnr skippered Andoo Comanche held the upper hand for most of the 628 nautical mile race, but LawConnect was always there and overtook her at one point. Early this morning there was little between the two and once again the Derwent sealed both boats fates, as a light, light breeze, teased and cajoled concentrating crews in an absolute thriller to the finish line. Christian Beck’s yacht finished well outside the race record of 1 day 9hrs 15min 24 sec, ironically set by the boat they beat today, which sailed as LDV Comanche to line honours victory in 2017 by her then owners, Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant. It did not matter though.

Only 51 seconds separated LawConnect and Andoo Comanche at the end, in the second closest finish in the history of the race. The closest was in 1982 when Condor beat Apollo over the line by seven seconds.

All 21 crew are celebrating their victory on board the yacht this morning at Kings Pier in Hobart.

An updated News story with interviews can be found here on the RSHYR website.

Credit: ROLEX/Kurt Arrigo


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Thursday 0400hrs

Whilst the attention today is understandably on the Maxi & Mini Maxi finishers, there are plenty of other battles going on elsewhere in the fleet which promise to continue over the next few days. Most divisions are wide open & we'll be focusing on these in upcoming Live Updates.

Current Divisional Standings:

Moneypenny (Sean Langman) NSW. Reichel Pugh 69
Alive (Philip Turner) TAS. Reichel Pugh 66
URM Group (Anthony Johnston) NSW. Reichel Pugh 72

Smuggler (Sebastian Bohm) NSW. TP52
Celestial (Sam Haynes) NSW. TP52
Caro (Max Klink) New Zealand. Botin 52

Rush (John Paterson) VIC. Farr 45
Mayfair (James Irvine) QLD. Rogers 46
Amazingrace (Malcolm Roe) NSW. Swan 45

Clockwork (Andrew Lloyd & Mary Ann Harvey) SA. Sydney 38
Patriot (Jason Close) VIC. J133
XS Moment BNMH (Ray Hudson) NSW. XP44

Toecutter (Robert Hick & Brad Bult) VIC. Hick 10
Rockall 8 (Christopher Opielok) Germany. JPK 10.80
Supernova (Alex Seja & Felicity Nelson) NSW. Sydney 36

Azzurro (Jack Kliner) QLD. S&S 34
Kraken III (TH) (Rob Gough & John Saul) TAS. Jeanneau Sunfast 3300
Disko Trooper_ Contender Sailcloth (Jules Hall) NSW. J/99

Insomnia (Marcus Grimes) NSW. JV42
Salt Lines (Matthew Harvey) NSW. Shipwright 70
She's the Culprit (The Culprit Syndicate) NSW. Inglis Jones 39

Kraken III (TH) (Rob Gough & John Saul) TAS. Jeanneau Sunfast 3300
Toecutter (Robert Hick & Brad Bult) VIC. Hick 10
Verite (TH) (Paul Beath) NSW. J/99

Navy One (RAN) NSW. Beneteau First 40
Ragtime (Steve Watson) NSW. J/130
XS Moment BNMH (Ray Hudson) NSW. XP44

Kraken III (TH) (Rob Gough & John Saul) TAS. Jeanneau Sunfast 3300
Verite (TH) (Paul Beath) NSW. J/99
Cinnamon Girl (Cian McCarthy) Ireland. Jeanneau Sunfast 3300

Sylph VI (Robert Williams) NSW. Alan Payne Sloop
Imalizard (Bruce Watson) NSW. Wellbourn 12


2023 RSHYR UPDATE Thursday 0300hrs

Today is shaping up to be an absolute cracker. With under 60nm now to the finish, the two maxis Andoo Comanche and LawConnect only have 300 metres separating them in terms of distance to go and are in sight of each other.

Almost 75 miles behind, the three mini maxis, URM Group, Alive and Moneypenny have less than 2nm separating them, and the three are currently atop Overall standings. We'll bring you live coverage of both finishes later this morning & this afternoon.

Credit: ROLEX/Andrea Francolini


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 1700hrs

The race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is poised to provide two thrilling finales in one as the leading boats continue their charge towards Tasmania.

Up front in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race for first place over the line, Andoo Comanche was still leading LawConnect at 1620hrs, but only 5 nautical miles separated the two maxis.

The lead pair were 101 and 107 nautical miles east of Helen’s Point respectively.

In the race for third place only 7.6nm separated URM Group, Moneypenny and Alive.

Anthony Johnston’s URM Group, an RP72, was third on line, followed by Sean Langman’s RP69 Moneypenny which had steadily moved up all day from fifth, followed by Phillip Turner’s RP66 Alive (Tas) which was in third position earlier. They were south of Gabo Island.

Meanwhile, Kathy Veel, owner and co-skipper with Bridget Canham of the Currawong 30, Currawong, which retired earlier this morning, is expected to arrive back at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, at around 7pm this evening.

Currawong, a two-handed entry, was the sixth of 11 boats that have retired from the race to-date.

There are now 92 boats still racing, including 14 two-handed entries. Veel said they had retired due to “various issues with the boat that could not be resolved.” She added that she and Canham were OK.

“We're doing fine,” Veel said from aboard the yacht off Bondi Beach.

“Last night was quite difficult and there was a lot more of that ahead of us in a long race.”

Told that Currawong supporters were disappointed for their retirement after their popular finish as the last to reach Hobart last year, Veel said: “We are too … but we made the right call.”

Credit: ROLEX/Andrea Francolini


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 1500hrs

The fight for third place on Line Honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is unravelling into a thriller, with URM Group looking ahead and behind at their rivals. While buoyed after taking third place on line honours from the RP66 Alive (Tas) shortly before midday, the URM Group, an RP72, is also wary about the danger of Moneypenny. URM Group and Alive had been in a close fight for third place all morning, but looming behind them and closer to shore in fifth place was Moneypenny, a RP69.

At 1430hrs, URM Group, Alive and Moneypenny were 124, 127 and 111 nautical miles south east of Gabo Island respectively. Eleven nautical miles separated the three boats.

Meanwhile, Andoo Comanche and LawConnect were continuing their close tussle in first and second place, positioned 115 and 130 nautical miles east of Eddystone Point.

URM Group navigator, Alice Parker, was in high spirits, despite her own struggle with some sea sickness in the tough conditions that have seen rain, thunder and lightning. “I had a good few moments with a bucket between my legs, but otherwise, everyone is in good spirits,” she said. “We're all a bit wet, sliding around a bit, but the boat's in really good shape.” As she spoke, URM Group, owned by Anthony Johnston and skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones, was 105nm behind Andoo Comanche, sailing at 15 knots with the wind from the east.

While happy with their race against Alive, owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine, Parker said Moneypenny, owned by Sean Langman was also a danger. “Over the last couple of hours, we've been sailing quite well … we’re now matching them [Alive], or slightly in front, with Moneypenny at our stern. “We’re a bit nervous about some of the 52s on the ‘beach,’ [referring to sailing close to the coast] or closer to the south-east corner of Victoria. They've been ripping along in what looks like a pretty good ‘sou-easterly. But things are looking good for us now. The big boats are doing really well. LawConnect and Comanche have just had the perfect conditions really with strong reaching conditions. I think we'll just miss out on getting that all the way to the finish. I suspect we'll end up in a bit of a front that is meant to come through the early hours of tomorrow.”

Parker said that based on the current indicators, URM Group could possibly reach the finish in Hobart “sometime around lunchtime, or just after that,” tomorrow.

In other news, two more boats have retired. Tumbleweed, the two-handed entry of Graham Biehl and Nigel Nattrass, who cite seasickness and fatigue, while David Watson’s Luna Blue has damaged equipment. Both boats are likely to head back to Sydney.

Credit: CYCA/Salty Dingo


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 1300hrs

LawConnect threw down the gauntlet in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by taking the race lead from defending Line Honours champion, Andoo Comanche this morning.  The fight for Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is turning into a veritable arm wrestle with the two front runners swapping the lead twice this morning. At 12.45pm,Andoo Comanche was back in front and 2.6 nautical miles ahead of LawConnect that had only taken the lead from Andoo Comanche a few hours earlier. AndooComanche and LawConnect were respectively 134 and 144 nautical miles east of Flinders Island in the 628 nautical mile Cruising Yacht Club of Australia race. Both were sailing in Bass Strait, east of the rhumb line - Andoo Comanche at 28.7 knots and LawConnect at 26.8 knots. The tussle between the two maxis has been a thrilling one in conditions that have pitted them and the remaining fleet of 95 against rain, thunderstorms, lightning and squalls.

Behind Andoo Comanche and LawConnect, the race for third place had also seen a change in positions. Moving into third, from fourth place, was URM Group,the RP72 owned by Anthony Johnston and skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones. Whereas, Alive (Tas), the RP66 owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine had fallen from third to fourth. They were 91.3nm and 94nm respectively behind Andoo Comanche at the time of this update.

Credit: CYCA/Ashley Dart Photo


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 1100hrs

LawConnect threw down the gauntlet in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by taking the race lead from defending Line Honours champion, Andoo Comanche this morning.  After stalking the John Winning Jnr skippered Andoo Comanche all night and early this morning, the Christian Beck owned LawConnect passed their rivals at about 10am today. At 10.20 am, the margin was still tight between two race leaders in the 628 nautical mile Cruising Yacht Club of Australia event. Less than one nautical mile separated them.  LawConnect and Andoo Comanche were respectively 137 and 135 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island and sailing east of the rhumb line. 

Still in third was Alive (Tas), the RP66 owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine, while in fourth was URM Group, the RP72 owned by Anthony Johnston and skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones. They were 68nm and 69nm respectively behind LawConnect. 

Meanwhile, the fleet also dropped to 95 boats, including 15 two-handed entries following the withdrawal of Mumm 36 Georgia Express (NSW) with rigging issues. 

Credit: CYCA/Salty Dingo


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 0900hrs

LawConnect continues to stalk Andoo Comanche in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but squalls of 30 knots-plus are hampering the crew’s ability to keep their rivals in sight. At 9am, the margin was still tight between the two race leaders of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia event with nine nautical miles separating them. But LawConnect boat captain Ty Oxley said after a close battle with Andoo Comanche overnight, the tough conditions this morning had limited their ability to see the race leaders. "We are pretty close after we were neck and neck overnight,” said Oxley at 8.20am on Wednesday. “They would take a couple of miles on us, and then we would take them back.”

Asked if the LawConnect crew could see Andoo Comanche ahead of them, Oxley replied: ”No … because it’s raining and there are squalls everywhere, clouds on the horizon … “It’s hard to see the bow of the boat at times. We can’t actually see them.” Asked about the sea state as they headed into Bass Strait, Oxley said: “The sea state is not too bad. On Bass Strait it’s only a couple of metres. “The squalls are pretty full on. The last one that came through would have been 40-plus knots. But they have generally been 30-plus.” “But we’re doing ok. We have put a couple of reefs in … chugging along.”

At 9am, the John Winning Jr skippered Andoo Comanche and Christian Beck’s LawConnect were respectively 125 and 129 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island.

Still in third place was Alive (Tas), the RP66 owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine and URM Group, the RP72 owned by Anthony Johnston and skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones. The two yachts were 69nm and 72nm respectively behind LawConnect.

Meanwhile, the race fleet now numbers 96, including 15 two-handed entries, following the withdrawal of two more boats this morning. They were the two-handed entries, the Currawong 30, Currawong (NSW) due to various issues, and the Young 11 Pacman (Qld) with runner chainplate problems. The crews on both boats are okay.

Credit: ROLEX/Andrea Francolini


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 0700hrs

The margin between Andoo Comanche and LawConnect remains tight with seven nautical miles now separating the two maxis that lead the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet.

Meanwhile, in the fleet that now numbers 98 after two more overnight withdrawals (Maritimo 52 and Sticky), the first night was hectic for the Geoff Hill owned Santa Cruz 72, Antipodes. At 7am, Antipodes crewmember Geoff Cropley reported: “We had lightning and thunder for hours. Then there was a major shift which auto gybed the boat. “The spinnaker got wrapped in the drop along with spinnaker staysail. All the team were up and trying to untwist and get that down. It took us about 40 minutes. We were heading NE, sailing backwards, for a period of time. “We’re now hunkered down with a reef in. There’s little bit of blue sky. It’s quite nice out here. We’ve got about 100nm to go to Green Cape.” Cropley added that crewmate Lindsay May is also “enjoying his 50th Sydney Hobart so far.”

At the front of the fleet at 7.45am, the John Winning Jr skippered Andoo Comanche and Christian Beck’s LawConnect were respectively 117 and 120 nautical miles south-east of Gabo Island.

Still in third place was the 2018 winner, Alive (Tas), the RP66 owned by Phillip Turner and skippered by Duncan Hine and race favourite, URM Group, the RP72 owned by Anthony Johnston and skippered by Marcus Ashley-Jones. The two yachts were 42nm and 57nm respectively behind LawConnect.

Current standings:


MRV, Smuggler, Chutzpah, Highly Sprung, Mayfair


Helsal 3, Insomnia, MWF Kayle, Oroton Drumfire

Two-handed IRC

Mistral, Kraken III, Cinnamon Girl - Eden Capital

Corinthian IRC

Mayfair, Pretty Woman, Calibre 12

Corinthian PHS

Pretty Woman, Calibre 12, Ragtime


2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 0500hrs

After 16 hours of racing, Andoo Comanche is going toe-to-toe with LawConnect around 90nm SE of Green Cape. She is doing 17.2kts, having averaged 12kts for the journey and has only a half mile lead over her rival.

URM Group and Alive have overtaken the other maxi Wild Thing 100 and are alongside each other 7 miles back in another tight battle.

Caro currently sits in 7th place on standings, with the two TP52s Smuggler and Highly Sprung on her tail. No Limit, Whisper, Celestial, Teasing Machine and Denali lead the rest.

The fleet is strung back to Wollongong where Currawong, Sylph VI and Silver Fern are presently doing 7.5 knots.

There have been two more retirements overnight. All are well.  Richard Harris' Cookson 50 Sticky (RPAYC) suffered a lightning strike and electrical damage.

Bill Barry Cotter's TP52 Maritimo 52 (Southport Yacht Club) has had rigging damage to a forestay fitting.

Current standings:


Alive, Highly Sprung, URM Group, Smuggler, Chutzpah


Helsal 3, Insomnia, Mako, MWF Kayle, Gunshot

Two-handed IRC

Mistral, Kraken III, Cinnamon Girl - Eden Capital

Corinthian IRC

Mayfair, Denali, Pretty Woman

Corinthian PHS

Pretty Woman, Calibre 12, Supernova



2023 RSHYR UPDATE - Wednesday 0000hrs

After a clean start at 1300hrs following a passing shower, the fleet of 103 boats made their way out the Harbour from their four respective start lines in a 9kt SE breeze with messy 1.4m E swell.

LawConnect started strongly but had issue with a furling line during a sail change after the first mark and was soon overtaken by SHK Scallywag and Andoo Comanche who were the the first two out the Heads. John 'Herman' Winning Jr was quick to protest David Witt when he tacked close in front of him forcing him to alter course, but the Hong-Kong based entry expunged the possible infraction by doing a 720-degree turn before Bondi.

Breeze continued to build through the afternoon and swing into the east and by 1630hrs, Andoo Comanche was doing 26kts in a comfortable seaway and had just overtaken SHK Scallywag.

SHK Scallywag was later forced to retire from the race when she blew up her bowsprit, leaving Andoo Comanche and Law Connect to battle it out doing 20 kts in 18kts of breeze.

Arcadia (torn mainsail) and Rum Rebellion were the other afternoon retirements - both now safe in port.

At midnight, the lead boats were 60 miles east of Green Cape jumping off into the open expanse of 'Bass Strait'. Andoo Comanche has a 5.5nm lead and is not far off her record pace set back in 2017.

They have put a gap on the shorter rigged Wild Thing 100 a further 35nm astern, with the pack of mini maxis around 10 miles back - URM Group, Alive, Moneypenny, Whisper and No Limit - the Botin 52 Rolex Fastnet winner Caro splitting them. Celestial leads the rest in close proximity.

Current standings:


Smuggler, LawConnect, Caro, Sticky, Highly Sprung


Helsal 3, Insomnia, Enigma, Gunshot, MWF Kayle


Mistral, Cinnamon Girl - Eden Capital, Kraken III