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Morning Of 63rd Sydney Hobart Race Bright & Blue

Perfect Blue skies at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia ahead of the 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

While there is no breeze here, prospects have improved for a fast race, with weather routings for the line honours favourites showing that a new race record could be achieved.

We are off to the Weather Briefing now..

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team

Quick Guide to 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
Rob Kothe,
The short version on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, course,fleet, race data, best viewing, televison, internet, radio coverage.... [more]

History of Rolex Sydney Hobart 1945 - 2006
Peter Campbell,
The Rolex Sydney Hobart ranks historically, along with the Rolex Fastnet Race in England and the Bermuda Race in the USA, as one of the three great ocean passage races of the world. Over the past 62 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Boxing Day Test Cricket and the Australian Open Tennis.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart two-line start
Peter Campbell,
The 82 boat fleet in 63rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will start simultaneously at 1300 hours today, Boxing Day, from two starting lines on Sydney Harbour. The lines, running east to west across the harbour north of Shark Island, will be about 400 metres apart, with 30 of the biggest and fastest boats in the fleet starting from the northern line, the remaining 52 from the southern line.... [ more]

Riding the escalator south in the Sydney Hobart
Jim Gale,
It is tactical decision every skipper makes in any Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The right choice and you're a hero. Get it wrong and it can cost you the race. And as the boats have changed over the years he equation has been shifting.... [more]

Sydney Hobart forecast hedges hope of record run,
Soft and swinging winds on the second day will slow the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet; probably removing any chance of the 98 foot canting-keeled maxis have of breaking the race record and producing a handicap winner from the mid-fleet 40-65-footers behind them.... [more]

City Index Leopard raring to go in Sydney Hobart
Kate Fairclough,
City Index Leopard, the British 100 foot super maxi yacht owned by Mike Slade, is all set for this years iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The all-star international crew of City Index Leopard are aiming to take both line honours and the current race record, but have a close battle on their hands against Australian rival 100 footer Wild Oats XI... [more]

Sydney Hobart 80 year olds have 104 races south
Rolex Sydney to Hobart Media Centre,
The patriarchs of the Rolex Sydney Hobart family, John Walker (85) of Impeccable, Lou Abrahams (80) of Challenge and Syd Fisher (80) of Ragamuffin will come together on Boxing Day to share their memories of many trips down south.... [more]

No blows for Sydney to Hobart Favourite
Tony Wilmot,
With a forecast for record breaking weather conditions the money is blowing in for two-time Sydney to Hobart winner Wild Oats X1 who has firmed from $1.65 into $1.57 to again take line honours in this year's blue water classic... [more]

Sydney - Hobart Record 'ain’t gonna happen'
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
'It ain’t gonna happen'. That’s Mike Slade’s summation of the chase for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race record that was being touted as a possibility a couple of days ago.... [ more]

Hobart start radio to stream on Sail-World
Spectators on Sydney Harbour, picnickers on the headlands and armchair sailors around the world will be able to listen to the 'insiders sailors version' of the race during a special three hour live radio broadcast by the Audi Sailors Radio Show crew, which will be streamed world-wide via [more]

Hobart – Race Record Weather fading
Rob Kothe,
Last week, with early weather guessimates of a booming start and a fast run down the Tasmanian coast, the skippers of the three super maxis in the 63rd Rolex Sydney to Hobart race were licking their lips, dreaming of sailing across the Derwent River finish line earlier than the magic 7:40 am finish which would break Wild Oats XI’s 2005 race record.... [more]

Rolex Sydney Hobart - mid race reporting
Rob Kothe,
We'd love to receive pre-race, mid-race and post race voice reports which will run as audio content in our extensive Sail-World coverage. To provide live audio clips ring 02 856 920 88 or +612 856 920 88... [more]

Armada of yachts heading for Hobart
Peter Campbell,
The Port of Hobart this week is preparing for the largest influx of yachts since the 50th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in 1994, when 371 yachts set sail from Sydney and 307 made it to finish line on the Derwent River.... [more]

Sydney Hobart - Life after Koomooloo
Jim Gale,
At 9.30am, on the second day of last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, about 60 miles off the New South Wales town of Narooma, Queenslander Mike Freebairn’s world began to come apart at the seams.... [more]

Hobart Opinions poles apart - Heat vs Depth debate
Crosbie Lorimer,
Rolex Sydney Hobart- At a time when bowsprits, bumpkins and prodders proliferate on everything from singlehanded dinghies to 30 metre Supermaxis, you might be forgiven for wondering whether the humble spinnaker pole has had its day.... [more]

Everybody has a chance in quest for overall trophy
Rolex Sydney Hobart Media Centre,
If the Rolex Sydney Hobart was a straight forward sprint, picking the race favourite would be a cinch. Look at the likely weather conditions, see which boat is fastest in these and put your money down. But it isn’t a first past the post sprint, it is a handicap race and there are 66 boats ranging from 34 to 100 feet that are eligible to be the 63rd winner of the Tattersall’s Cup.more]

Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2007 Division List,
The winner of the 2007 Rolex Sydney to Hobart, will be the overall winner under IRC. Wild Oats XI is easily the highest rated boat on IRC and deserves her line honours favouritism. After the canting keelers the fleet begins to break into speed bands and depending on the timing of the race, the leader of the division that turns Tasman Light in building conditions should win the race.... [more]

Next gen on Wot’s Next
Jim Gale,
Somewhere in the crew of Graeme Wood’s Sydney 47 Wot’s Next lies the future of Australian ocean racing.... [more]

2007 Rolex Sydney Hobart
Australia's premier blue water race....
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