Slow Glide Start to Sydney Hobart:
Sydney, Australia (December 26, 2017) – Grey skies could not diminish Sydney’s enthusiasm for the start of its seminal ocean race. Crowds flocked to the foreshore and the Heads, while an assortment of vessels filled the harbour as the 102-boat Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet set off on the great adventure south.
Starting at 13.00 local time in 5-7 knots of easterly breeze it was a slow glide out of the harbour rather than the furious pace of recent years. Once out into the Tasman Sea the wind built slightly to 8-10 knots and backed a little to the north opening the angle and allowing yachts to hoist reaching headsails.
Peter Harburg’s 100-foot Black Jack led the length of the harbou…
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Will Sydney Hobart be Record Breaking?:
Sydney, Australia (December 26, 2017) – Down at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, it is Boxing Day business as usual this morning, and the skippers and navigators have had their final Rolex Sydney Hobart weather briefing.
The marina is packed with crew loading last minute supplies and sails, jostling along the narrow jetty arms through hundreds of milling Sydneysiders taking a gander at these truly impressive racing machines.
There is one thing missing though. The adrenalin and butterflies are still swirling around, but this year there is a distinct lack of dread. This is not going to be a typical Rolex Sydney Hobart.
There will be no violent southerly fronts sweeping t…
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