23 December 2013

International flotilla to join Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (video)

International flotilla to join Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race: "International flotilla to join Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race -This year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race will have a distinctly global feel this Boxing Day, (Thursday, December 26). The inclusion of the Clipper round the world race will boost the foreign flotilla to 22 internationals. Nick Vindin reports."

Sydney to Hobart: Experience of Wild Oats XI crew gives it edge over rival yacht Perpetual Loyal: "Wild Oats XI should have the edge on key rival Perpetual Loyal in this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race - not due to technology or boat design, but the greater time her crew has spent together sailing the super-maxi - believes recently crowned Ocean Racer of the Year Stephen Ainsworth. Ainsworth, owner of the 62-footer Loki that won the 2011 Sydney to Hobart on handicap and was second on corrected time to Wild Oats XI last year, rates the individual calibre of both crews...."

69th Sydney to Hobart: the Supermaxis | The Roar"The fleet includes five Supermaxis, and 18 maxis (70-90 foot yachts) including the Clipper 70 fleet that is including the Sydney to Hobart as part of its round the world race along with some ex Volvo Round the World Race vessels. We will start by looking at the Supermaxis Contenders 1. Wild Oats XI Skipper Mark Richards 2. Perpetual Loyal, Skipper Anthony Bell 3. Wild Thing, Skipper Grant Wharington 4. Ragamuffin 100, Skipper Syd Fischer 5. Zefiro, Skipper Gerhard Reuther The two hotshots in this group are without doubt Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal, although the others cannot be discounted, especially if they get weather that suits them."

Late arrival looms as big Hobart chance
NZ City
Any suggestion it wouldn't be prepared for the Boxing Day start was quickly quashed by her sailing master, Gavin Brady. A titanic figure in the sport with five America's Cupcampaigns and 10 previous Sydney Hobarts plus Round the World races in his ...

Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Beau Geste arrives in town: " 'Beau Geste has arrived in Sydney ready to take on the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2013' ... Every Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2013 competitor aiming for line honours and overall glory has been waiting to see the new boat, Beau Geste. She has arrived in town and sailing master Gavin Brady warns 'We’ve arrived ready and probably more prepared than anyone else.'"

Here's A Sneak Peek Inside The 100ft Yacht Vying For Sydney-Hobart Line Honours | Business Insider: "When the starting gun fires on Thursday for the 1163km Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, a new boat will be challenging the favourite, Wild Oats XI, for line honours. The supermaxi Perpetual Loyal, owned by Sydney accountant and fourth-time Hobart racer Anthony Bell, is rumoured to be the fastest boat in the 94-boat fleet..."

A Sailing Family's Next Challenge
New York Times
The Hobart, as Australians call it, is a race of about 630 nautical miles, with the yachts departing from Sydney Harbor, crossing the notoriously volatile and relatively shallow Bass Strait and then arriving at the coast of Tasmania, where they sail up ...
Sail-World.com : Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - Taylor’s quest for the Cup: "Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2013 gets underway in five days, on December 26th. At 64 years of age Bruce Taylor, the skipper of Chutzpah, is nearing an era when most would consider retiring, but it’s not work holding the Victorian back from enjoying the red wine and his golden-years; it’s sailing. Taylor has dedicated more than half his life to winning the Tattersall’s Cup in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and after 33-attempts it’s proven elusive. 'We’ve finished second, third, fourth, we’ve won our division 10-times, but we haven’t knocked the Cup off yet,’’ Taylor said of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s annual 628 nautical mile race. 'It’s become an obsession; my life’s ambition. But, you know, I can’t go on much longer. I need to retire at some stage, I just want this first.' ..."

Seven important numbers from the final America’s Cup Economic Impact Report | KALW: " . . . $364 million in total economic impact . . . $20.7 million out of San Francisco funds - This number does not include over $180 million spent on fixing up the piers, and long-planned improvements around the waterfront, including expected construction of a new cruise ship terminal. Private fundraising from the America’s Cup Organizing Committee was initially supposed to help the city with costs of up to $32 million, but the group only reimbursed the city just over $8 million. . . . 1,175 new jobs - Over a thousand new full-time, temporary jobs were directly generated as a result of the Cup and related activities. If you include the construction of the new cruise terminal, that number rises to over 2,300. . . 700,000 visitors . . . "

Winging It: How Larry Ellison Harnessed Big Data To Win The America's Cup
Written by three veteran sailing journalists, “Winging It” provides an insider's look at the professional sailing business and the America's Cup, from how the 72-foot cats became the boat of choice — one key qualification: They had to be able to be ...

Hindsight could help new SF America's Cup bid
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco plans to submit a letter Monday to Team Oracle formally offering to host the America's Cup sailing competition again - only this time, city officials won't be offering any big subsidies or real estate as part of the deal. "The mayor has ...

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