28 December 2012

Rolex Sydney Hobart and Vendee Globe updates (videos)

Wild Oats XI record blown - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2012: "The time difference was a long one in terms of how the crew would have been feeling in those last 16 minutes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race. Could they or couldn't they? At 5 am today,Wild Oats XI's 2005 record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds seemed out of reach, but at about 7 am, her dashed hopes were revived, and as the minutes ticked by, her chances improved. Initially, skipper Mark Richards and his crew were a tantalisingly 40 minutes outside the record time and were expected to finish at about 8.30 am. However, as the clock ticked, the super maxi picked up speed to around 15 knots and her finish time was upgraded to 8.00 am, then 7.50 am, 7.36 am, 7.23am and 7.13 am with five nautical miles to go. . . . "

Sailing - Wild Oats on record track for sixth Sydney-Hobart win
Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Sailing - Wild Oats on record track for sixth Sydney-Hobart win. Race favourite Wild Oats XI was on track to smash their own record for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as they crossed the treacherous Bass Strait on Thursday. Reuters – 1 hour 38 minutes ...

Yahoo! Eurosport UK

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012: British entrant Jazz yet to find the jive as Wild ...
But over the next 24 hours as the navigator of the sole British entrant Jazz in the treacherous 628 nautical mile Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Broughton's mood is at the fickle mercy of the wind. It's the early hours of Friday morning in ...


Wild Thing skipper Grant Wharington lashes out over Sydney-Hobart race ban
The Australian
A DEVASTATED Grant Wharington has lashed out at a Rolex Sydney-Hobart''conspiracy'', after Wild Thing was banned from the annual blue-water classic. His lips trembling and close to tears, Wharington, the Wild Thing skipper, said he was "absolutely ...

Oats could smash race record
Tasmania Mercury
WILD Oats XI is steaming towards Hobart ahead of record pace in the 68th Rolex Sydney-Hobart. The Sydney supermaxi could cross the finish by as early as midnight to 2am overnight, which would smash therace record of 1 day 18 hours 40 minutes 10 ...

Tasmania Mercury

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Start images from Brett Hemmings
Sail World
Photographer Brett Hemmings was on deck to capture this gallery of start images during the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Brett Hemmings. 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Brett Hemmings ...

Sail World

Rolex Sydney Hobart favourites Wild Oats and Ragamuffin Loyal set cracking ...
Wild Oats XI 2012 pre-race. Top start ... Wild Oats XI has made a flying start to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Source: AAP. Rolex Sydney Hobart favourites Wild Oats and Ragamuffin Loyal have emerged unscathed from their first night at sea and were morning...

Vendee Globe live tracking

Places continue to trade in Vendée Globe race
The Independent
To the south, the two leaders in the Vendée Globe singlehanded, non-stop round the world race, Armel le Cléac'h and François Gabart continue to trade the number one place as they approach the big turn at Cape Horn. Jean-Pierre Dick holds on to third as ...

Vendee Globe Race 2012-2013 - Leaders towards final safety gate
Sail World
Vendee Globe Race leaders Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) and François Gabart (MACIF) are heading towards the finals safety gate of the round-the-world race while Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm is still struggling to fix the broken hydrogenerators of ...

Sail World

The solo sailing blog: Christmas day
The Independent (blog)
sailing7 300x225 The solo sailing blog: Christmas day The wind over Christmas day eased down and allowed me to catch up on some much needed rest as the previous 24 hours had been hard work with many sailchanges and reefs in and out. I expected ...

The Independent (blog)

Global sailing event with a conscience
Practical Boat Owner Magazine
This global sailing event will have starts in every continent and its route will call at some of the most threatened islands in every ocean: Tuvalu, Tokelau, Tuamotus, San Blas, Maldives, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall, and Andaman Islands. It also ...

Gusto closing on a sailing trifecta
The Age
Gusto was the first of more than 30 boats to reach the Queenscliff marker and then sailout of the Heads after leaving Portsea on Thursday afternoon. By Thursday night Brian Pattinson and his crew had opened a lead of 12 nautical miles over Noel May's ...

West Michigan man sailing the seas after retiring
The Morning Sun
MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A West Michigan native is living his dream as a crewmember on an intercontinental sailing trip. Muskegon native Peter Berdinka said he's always wanted to sail the world's oceans, and after retiring from the B.C. Cobb ...

Sailing in fancy yachts can now be explored by the common
High disposable incomes and the pursuit of pleasure have made life smooth sailing for the affluent - and many are taking this metaphor quite literally. Leveraging the uptrend in the leisure industry is Aquasail India, which offers thrills and spills ...


America's Cup: Dean Barker on sailing the the AC72
Sail World
That cathartic moment sparked a switch to other forms of sailing, notably match racing, and eight years later, Barker was tune up helmsman on the 'mushroom crew' for Russell Coutts in the 2000 America's Cup - helming in the final race of the Match.

Sail World

Traditional Chasewater regatta sets sail again
More than 100 spectators turned out to watch the post-Christmas event, which has been a custom at the Chase Sailing Club, near Burntwood, for 57 years. In the past two years the tradition has been kept alive with a walk around the reservoir dam while ...

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