28 December 2014

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race video, Wild Oats XI, Line Honors

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014-- finish Line Honours Results
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014-- finish Line Honours

Wild Oats XI record eighth line honours win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014
Wild Oats XI - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014"Wild Oats XI is the most successful yacht in the 70-year history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race. She secured her seventh line honours victory under the guidance of Mark Richards in last year’s race. In 2012 she broke her own race record, which now stands at 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes 12 seconds, and won the race overall. It was the second time the supermaxi had achieved this historic treble, and the only boat to do so twice in the race’s history. Once again, Wild Oats XI has been modified for the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Her bow has been streamlined, she will carry a new hydrofoil wing, and will be fitted with two new high-tech sails – a mainsail and a ‘code zero’ headsail. These modifications are aimed at keeping the nine-year-old yacht competitive against more recent designs. Richards and the crew now affectionately refer to their charge as the ‘Swiss Army Knife’, because of the number of appendages she boasts: a hydrofoil wing, a retractable forward centreboard, two retractable daggerboards, a canting keel, and the conventional rudder at the stern... Richards and his crew mustered all their resources this year as four other supremely competitive supermaxis and their crews – including the new Comanche 100-footer from America –vied for a line honours win. Wild Oats XI’s navigator, Juan Vila, was navigator for the victorious Alinghi crew in the 2007 America’s Cup match."

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Comanche lead the five super maxis out of Sydney Heads reaching the first turning buoy in 4.35 minutes. Spectacular! Published on Dec 26, 2014

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2014; Handicap Honours Predictions
Given the weather models for the race, Crosbie Lorimer did the rounds of the CYCA dock just prior to the start of the race to find out who the various skippers, navigators and tacticians believed might take out the overall Handicap win on IRC. Here are some of their predictions and an update on the position at the front of the fleet. Published on Dec 27, 2014

Rolex Sydney Hobart; Line Honours Contenders Press Conference -

The skippers of the five 100 foot super maxis battling for Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race speak about the boats, the weather and their expectations. Published on Dec 25, 2014

North Sails Michael Coxon Dec 23 14 3Di "RAW" Sails, the "Hobart" and predictions
Michael Coxon, Managing Director, North Sails Australia talks to Geoff Waller of Boats on TV about the present sail making technology, the future, the current Rolex Sydney Hobart and building the biggest race spinnaker in the world for Anthony Bell of Perpetual LOYAL. Published on Dec 23, 2014

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