24 December 2015

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015 UPDATES, Videos, Twitter

UPDATE December 30, 2015 (00:00 UTC): Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015: "The NSW TP52 Balance, the appropriately named yacht of financial guru Paul Clitheroe, is the leader for overall honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and now has to await the arrival of two European yachts -- her immediate challengers. The Swiss boat Teasing Machine and French/Belgian entry Courrier Leon are the leading boats at sea to challenge Clitheroe’s attempt to win the coveted Tattersall’s Cup in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s bluewater ocean classic. Balance crossed the finish line at 4.50 pm today, seventh across the finish line behind line honours winner Comanche and the first TP52 a record nine that started. Only three have survived: Balance, Celestial and Ragamuffin 52. Teasing Machine appears to have the better chance of the two Europeans. She was well down the east coast tonight and must arrive in the early hours of the morning to become the new leader in the clubhouse...." (read more at link above)

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race UPDATE- Line Honours for Comanche (28 Dec 2015):

Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s maxi Comanche pulled off an incredible feat tonight, taking line honours in the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and winning the Illingworth trophy and Rolex Yacht Master II timepiece. Published on Dec 28, 2015

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race UPDATE - 27 Dec 2015 - In Pursuit of Victory -

After a harrowing first night during the Rolex Sydney Hobart which saw 23 yachts retire due to damage, the fleet continues south toward the Tasman Coast as the American rivals Rambler 88 and Comanche battle for line honours, while Swiss entry Teasing Machine and Soldini’s Maserati (ITA) are contenders for the overall victory. Published on Dec 27, 2015

Dec 27 UPDATE--Comanche Leads for Line Honours with Less Than 100 Miles To Go -The crippled American supermaxi Comanche has extended her lead over the similarly damaged Rambler. In all likelihood, sometime this evening skipper Ken Read, his crew and owners Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark will be the toast of Hobart, celebrating a line honours triumph that 24 hours ago seemed impossible.

as of 28 December 2015, 12:50 PM AEDT (Australia date and time)

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UPDATE December 26: The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has taken a dramatic turn with major super maxi contenders for line honours either retired or trying to effect repairs as they have confronted an extreme southerly change off the NSW south coast, along with others in the fleet. Eight-times line honours winner Wild Oats XI is out with a torn mainsail and is returning to Sydney; US frontrunner Comanche, which had been leading the race, suffered a broken rudder, initially retired but is now trying to effect repairs at sea and continue in the race; Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal has retired, also with a broken rudder and is returning to Sydney. The other US entry, George David’s 88 foot Rambler now leads the race, ahead of Comanche and Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100. A dark horse in the race is Maserati, Giovanni Soldini’s V70 that is well out to sea and clearly gambling on skirting the treacherous southerly that is taking this toll on the fleet.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race UPDATE: Fighting for Line Honours:
as of  27 December 2015, 11:10 AM AEDT  #RSHYR LIVE Tracking

Heading to Hobart - 26th December 2015 - Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the shores of Sydney Harbour to salute the fleet of 108 yachts as they commenced the 628 nautical mile trek to Hobart for the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Published on Dec 26, 2015

Clipper Race starts in RSHYR - 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, 2015 - Australian Skipper Wendy 'Wendo' Tuck leads out of Sydney Harbour on Da Nang - Viet Nam (published 25 Dec 2015)

UPDATE: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts tonight (Friday Dec 25) 9pm ET in the US -- which in Australia is on December 26 (Boxing Day) at 1pm AEDT - You can watch the webcast on the home page of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race website: http://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/ or Yahoo7

Big Boat Battle - A brief video of the SOLAS Big Boat Race 2015 on Sydney Harbour, in the lead up to the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Published on Dec 25, 2015

UPDATE: Wild Oats XI Evolution - How does a ten year old yacht remain at the forefront of one of the great ocean race classics? With her distinctively narrow hull, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has beaten all comers for line honours in eight out of the last ten Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. And now her original builders McConaghy Boats have completed her most radical modification yet, with the goal of maintaining her winning ways. Watch the evolution of this concept from idea to reality. Published on Dec 18, 2015 www.mcconaghyboats.com

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015 - Preview - The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, is the ultimate test for skippers, tacticians and crews. The 2015 race will be the 71st edition of this time-honoured event and see 110 yachts from 28 nations race more than 600 Nautical Miles in quest of the Tattersall’s Cup and to win the coveted Rolex timepiece. (Published on Dec 1, 2015)

Race for line honours wide open - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015"... As for line honours, there is a bit of deja-vu in all this for Comanche’s owner, Jim Clark. The red and black hulled American monster is undoubtedly the fastest super maxi in the world, but “light air is not our friend. The last bit will be the challenging part for us,” Clark admits. “Every boat is built for different reasons. We go fast off the wind, but in light air Comanche starts to become a big fat lady. If we are not healing over, there is a lot of drag.” Last year Comanche stormed into Bass Strait, then forfeited the lead to Wild Oats XI when the American boat hit atypical light air mid-way. Oats took 25 miles out of Comanche, and though skipper Ken Read and crew staged a fearsome comeback, there just wasn’t enough race track left to run down the Australians. “We’ve made some changes to the boat since then,” Clark says, “and if we had this boat last year, we would have gotten through that lull more quickly...." read more at link above

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015: "Australian entries include Peter Harburg’s Black Jack and Mike Mollison’s Scamp from Queensland; Avalanche (Hugh Ellis), Hartbreaker (Antony Walton/Alan Breidhal) from Victoria and Terry Posma’s Jaffa returns from Western Australia after his first Rolex Sydney Hobart last year. Among the NSW entries are Brindabella (Jim Cooney), Celestial (Sam Haynes), Great Xpectations (Rod Wills), Komodo (Andrew Butler) and Quikpoint Azzurro, the 34 year-old S&S 34 owned by Shane Kearns, which won the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race in July. The start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be broadcast live on the Seven Network throughout Australia, webcast live to a global audience on Yahoo!7 and live streamed via mobile."

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2015, Starts December 25 9pm ET (US) and in Australia on December 26 at 1pm AEDT. #RSHYR  @rshyr

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