BRINGING IN THE NEW YEAR

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WILD THING at sunset
WILD THING, Sail No: AUS10, Bow No: 10, Owner: Bc 39 Pty Ltd, Skipper: Grant Wharington, Design: 100 Supermaxi, LOA (m): 30.5, State: QLD off Tasman Island

Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

With New Year’s Eve looming tonight, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet made tracks to the finish line in Hobart. By midday on December 31, only two yachts were still racing. From a total of 94 race starters, 82 yachts have now finished in Hobart, and ten yachts had retired.

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Bejisa (Southern Indian Ocean)

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The MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite captured this image of Tropical Cyclone Bejisa off the coast of Madagascar on Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:45 UTC (1:15 am EST).
Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Tropical Cyclone 06S quickly intensified within seven hours into named cyclone Bejisa on December 29, 2013. Reports had the cyclone moving erradically at first and then the cyclone was to intensify to about 75 knots. Currently Benjisa is located

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Tanker collides with on-trials car carrier

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Tanker collides with on-trials car carrier

December 30, 2013—A chemical tanker that collided with a newbuild car carrier and caught fire could break in two, Korea’s Arirang News today quoted officials as saying. The officials said that the tanker had been left with a large hole in its side. The car carrier, the 55,700 gt Gravity Highway is under construction at Hyundai Mipo for Israel’s Ray Shipping. It was on shipbuilder’s sea trials some 9 miles off Busan when the collision took place at 2:15 local time, according to media reports.

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WINGED VICTORY

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VELOCE carves a track on the way to Hobart
VELOCE, Sail No: SM602, Bow No: 06, Owner: Phil Simpfendorfer, Skipper: Phil Simpfendorfer, Design: Elliott 44CR, LOA (m): 13.7, State: VIC

Day 5 and the remaining boats racing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race had a slight respite from prevailing weather conditions as the southwesterly moderated to 20 – 25 knots over night into this morning (December 30). Unfortunately for Roger Hickman’s Wild Rose, any chance of upsetting Victoire as overall handicap leader went by the boards with the diminishing breeze – at 4am AEDT when the boat needed to finish, it still had 35 miles to go.

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AN OVERALL WINNER (A)WAITS

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NIKATA cresting the big seas passing Tasman Island
NIKATA, Sail No: GBR8200R, Bow No: 82, Owner: Ns82/103 S Ltd , Skipper: Tom Brewer, Design: Swan 82, LOA (m): 24.8, State: United Kingdom off Tasman Island

With all of the “big” boats in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race safely dockside in Hobart by the early hours this morning (Dec 29), attention turned to the fleet still racing on Day 4 of the 628 nautical mile offshore classic. As forecast, a low pressure system crossed through Tasmania yesterday evening (December 28) and brought with it southwesterly winds of excess in 40 knots and 4 – 5 meter seas.

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The volunteers at Sunderland RNLI were called upon today (Saturday 28 December) to rescue a dog which had become stranded at Seaham Harbour.

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Sunderland RNLI; like all the 236 Lifeboat stations, have crews on call all year round and the festive season is no different. The Lifeboats have already been called into action on Christmas Day and today saw the coastguard request the launch of Sunderland’s ‘Atlantic 85’ lifeboat after reports of a dog going into the sea at Seaham (approx. five mile south of Sunderland Harbour).

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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race One More Time

Wild Oats XI line honours winner of the 2010 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race low resby Damian Devine

While not the record-setting pace, Wild Oats XI still made her indelible mark in the record books, taking the line honours win at the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. Close reaching up the Derwent River, the 100-footer crossed the finish line off Battery Point in Hobart, at 7:07pm local time (AEDT). Wild Oats’ elapsed time of 2 days, 6 hours, 7 minutes, 27 seconds gave skipper Mark Richards and crew their seventh line honours win, which ties the record held by the yacht Morna/Kurrewa IV.

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