FLOOD GATES OPEN AT LAST

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RIKKI, Ray Haslar
08, RIKKI, Sail No: NZL 8008, Owner: Ray Haslar, Design: Reichel Pugh 42, LOA (m): 13.0, State: New Zealand Start of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart

Photo By: Rolex / Daniel Forster

Day 5 of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart has seen a flood of boats arriving in Hobart. All have tales to tell. This has been a harsh race for the smaller boats; they have experienced all manner of weather from good to bad. Few would deny theirs has been a true Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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NATIONAL PRIDE, INTERNATIONAL ICON

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The first boat to finish receives a royal welcome in Hobart
WILD OATS XISail No: AUS 10001Owner: Robert I OatleyState: NSWDivision: IRCDesign: Reichel Pugh 98LOA: 30.00 m Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008 ROLEX/Daniel Forste

“It would not be the same growing up in Australia not watching the Boxing Day Test [cricket match] followed by the start of the [Rolex] Sydney Hobart, one of the great sailing challenges”, says Phil Waugh, the Australian rugby union star and crewmember of the first boat to finish the 2011 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

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RNLI Kessock and Invergordon search for missing person

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29/12/2012
Author: Dan Holland

Almost exactly 24 hours after they were last paged to launch their RNLI Lifeboat the volunteer crew of RNLI Kessock were again this morning (Saturday 29 December) woken at 4.34am to the sound of their pagers requesting they launch the Lifeboat.

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DOUBLE TRIPLE WITH ICING ON THE TOP

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Stephen Ainsworth’s LOKI encounters big sea approaching Tasman Island
60, LOKI, Sail No: AUS 60000, Owner: Stephen Ainsworth, Design: Reichel Pugh 63, LOA (m): 19.3, State: NSW

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Robert Oatley’s Wild Oats XI was announced this morning as the Overall Winner of the 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart. It had become clear overnight that none of the yachts still at sea could better the corrected time established by the 30.48m (100 foot) maxi skippered by Mark Richards. Wild Oats XI has repeated its historic performance of 2005, when it secured the treble of Line Honours, Overall Winner and Race Record.

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THE STAMP OF AUTHORITY

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WILD OATS XI at the finish line in Hobart, setting a new race record of 1 day 18 hours 23 mins 12 secs
XI, WILD OATS XI, Sail No: AUS 10001, Owner: Robert Oatley, Design: Reichel/Pugh 30 Mtr, LOA (m): 30.5, State: NSW

Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

On the morning of 28 December 2012, Wild Oats XI once again stamped her name in the Rolex Sydney Hobart history books. From the moment the start gun fired on Boxing Day the silver wraith seemed intent on condemning her rivals for line honours to the position of also-rans. Wild Oats XI’s finish time of 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes and 12 seconds sliced 16 minutes 58 seconds off her own record. Another commanding performance in a race she has begun to treat as her own.

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