|Seasons Greetings from AsianYachting
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21st Dec 2017: Being ole fashioned, we wish our readers Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, none of this Happy Holiday business here.
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Follow the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
21st Dec 2017: This year’s edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will see 110 teams, including 28 international entries at the starting line on Boxing Day. Amongst these entries are 4 super maxis, Infotrack (Ex Perpetual Loyal), Wild Oats XI, Comanche and Black Jack plus sole Asian big boat representative Karl Kwok’s Kiwi registered Botin 80 Beau Geste, will be looking to dominate on one of the world’s toughest blue water races.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s NSW Manager, Jane Golding, delivered a forecast that points to a fast, mostly broad reaching and downwind sleigh ride conditions, for a change. “The race will start in a moderate east/south-easterly breeze around 10 knots,” and Golding expects, “the winds will shift around to the north-east during the afternoon, to around 15 knots off Batemans Bay.” All four models the Bureau use, point to the nor’-easter building overnight and the next day to around 20 to 25 knots in Bass Strait and down the Tasmanian coast, and those favourable winds will hold into the 28th as well.’
It’s a wonderful forecast for the Line Honours favourites but the fight for the IRC overall win and the Tattersall’s Cup, will be red hot in the 45 to 55 foot range. Navigator on Matt Allen’s new TP52 Ichi Ban, Will Oxley says, ‘because this will be a fast downwind race that will suit these quick, 20 plus knot flyers over the displacement boats further back.’ But he does not think it will be an easy race. It never is…
Also some to watch, with strong links to racing in Asian waters and have good records on the Hobart Race, are Ray ‘Hollywood’ Roberts deviously chartering the 40 year-old wooden IOR Doug Peterson designed Checkmate and won’t give up until he wins one race. Some of the crew on Bruce Taylor’s Caprice 40, Chutzpah, son Drew Taylor and Peter Fletcher have strong ties to Hong Kong and regularly race on the Asian Circuit, would like to go one better than 2nd overall.
What is for sure is that this 628-mile race is definitely not to be missed, and we can’t wait to see who will be the first to cross the finish line in Hobart.
The start at 1300 AEST (10:00am East Asia) on Boxing Day, 26th Dec. Check out the start line action from 12:30pm AEST (09:30am East Asia) on the Seven Network in Australia and webcast live to a global audience on Yahoo!7.
Internationally on the Australia Plus Network (Astro Channel 521 Malaysia) Goto live tracking throughout the race at the official CYCA – Rolex Sydney Hobart 2017 website.
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