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Inaugural Rolex Challenge teams event to New Zealand
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(16-1-2005) Inaugural Rolex Challenge teams event
Sydney, Australia - The New Zealand National team has won the inaugural Rolex Challenge teams event conducted as part of the recent Rolex Trophy and the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.<
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Aera wins King of the Derwent, First National first-up in Sailing South
HOBART, AUSTRALIA-(2-1-2005) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, Australia - Aera, the British boat that three days ago won Overall IRC corrected time honours in the grueling Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, today gave a brilliant display of fresh weather sailing to get the gun and win on handicap Hobart’s traditional sailing event, the King of the Derwent.
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Only one boat to finish 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
HOBART, 08:30 AM AEDT-(2-1-2005) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 08:30 AM AEDT - With the arrival early today of Magic and Berrimilla, only one yacht, Gillawa, remains still racing in the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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Nips-N-Tux wins IRC Division C; Seriously Ten takes Volvo 60s
HOBART, 16:00 AEDT-(31-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 16:00 AEDT - Post-race hearings by the Race Committee and Protest Committee this afternoon have not changed placings for the two Rolex Sydney Hobart Race yachts involved in the hearings.
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It takes a bit of chutzpah to win the Sydney 38 division
HOBART, 15.00 AEDT-(31-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 15.00 AEDT - Melbourne yachtsman Bruce Taylor, the winner of the hotly contested Sydney 38 division of the 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, says he is starting to learn to take risks.
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Aera named as Overall Winner of 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race – 12th international yacht to win
HOBART, 14.00 AEDT-(31-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 14.00 AEDT - British yacht Aera today became the third British and twelfth international Overall handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in the 60 year history of the ocean classic.
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It helps to be philosophical in a rugged Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
HOBART, 10:000 AM AEDT-(30-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 10:000 AM AEDT - Two and a half days of bashing your head against the wall in 35 knot winds and vicious seas and then, with Hobart virtually in sight, the wind dies and it takes you almost 12 hours to cover the final 40 miles of the 628 nautical mile course.
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Calms after the storm strengthens Aera’s IRC handicap chances
HOBART, 10:000 AM AEDT-(30-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 10:000 AM AEDT - Fading winds on the Tasmanian East Coast and in Storm Bay have strengthened the British yacht Aera’s grip on the Tattersalls Cup, the famous trophy awarded to the Overall IRC handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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Nicorette takes Line Honours in 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
HOBART, 03:53 AM AEDT-(29-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 03:53 AM AEDT - The 90-foot super maxi Nicorette has taken Line Honours in the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, giving owner/skipper Ludde Ingvall his second victory in four years.
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Nicorette set for sunrise finish to Rolex Sydney Hobart
HOBART, 03:53 AM AEDT-(29-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 03:53 AM AEDT - Ludde Ingvall’s Nicorette looks set to take line honours in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race soon after sunrise today as the 90-footer powers across Storm Bay towards the Derwent River and the finish line off Hobart’s Castray Esplanade.
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Skandia's crew transferred to Police launch
HOBART, 9:14:00 AM AEDT -(28-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 9:14:00 AM AEDT - The 16 crew of the Melbourne super maxi Skandia have been transferred by liferafts to the Police launch Van Dieman off St Helens on the far north eastern coast of Tasmania and are being transported to St Helens.
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Konica Minolta latest casualty of Tasman Sea gale
HOBART, 8:51:00 AM AEDT-(28-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 8:51:00 AM AEDT - The two supermaxis, Skandia and Konica Minolta, are now out of the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with the New Zealand 98-footer Konica Minolta reporting to Race Control that it had retired from the race at 7.45am today.
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Skandia retires with keel damage in Tasman Sea
HOBART, 5:19:00 AM AEDT-(28-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 5:19:00 AM AEDT - The supermaxi yacht Skandia has been forced to retire from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race early today, losing control of her massive canting keel and sending out a PAN PAN radio distress call seeking assistance.
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Nicorette leads fleet to Hobart
HOBART, 3:15:00 PM AEDT-(28-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 3:15:00 PM AEDT - The last survivor of the supermaxis in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Ludde Ingvall’s 90-footer Nicorette, is expected to lead the decimated fleet into Hobart early tomorrow morning.
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Stricken Skandia capsizes in Tasman Sea after losing keel
HOBART, 23:00 AEDT-(28-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
The stricken supermaxi, Skandia, has lost her massive keel and capsized in the Tasman Sea late today as skipper Grant Wharington and his crew flew into Hobart after taking to liferafts earlier in the day.

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Crew leaves Skandia on rafts after losing keel
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Ragamuffin dismasted, 44 boats retired
HOBART, 11:13:00 AM AEDT-(28-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, 11:13:00 AM AEDT - Veteran Rolex Sydney Hobart skipper Syd Fischer, who was sailing his 35th race to Hobart, reported to the Race Committee at 10.55am today that his Farr 45 Ragamuffin had been dismasted due east of Flinders Island. All crew are reported to be OK.
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Smaller boats begin the hard work to Hobart
1:56:00 PM AEDT-(27-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
1:56:00 PM AEDT - The southerly change that hit the lead boats in the 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race early this morning is beginning to work its way through the main body of the fleet, which is still racing down the New South Wales coast.
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Conditions take their toll on race fleet - 9 retirements
BASS STRAIT 1:32:00 PM AEDT -(27-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Bass Strait 1:32:00 PM AEDT - The southerly change is taking its toll on the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet with nine retirements and another two yachts heading to port to effect repairs.
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A dozen boats out
2:52:00 PM AEDT-(27-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
2:52:00 PM AEDT - One of the favourites for Overall handicap honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Prime Time, was forced to retire early this afternoon, joining 11 other boats which have pulled out of the race for various reasons since the start yesterday afternoon from Sydney Harbour.
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Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet demonstrates prudent seamanship
5:03:00 PM AEDT-(27-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
5:03:00 PM AEDT - Competitors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race are demonstrating prudent seamanship as the fleet continues to encounter rugged sailing conditions in the Tasman Sea and Bass Strait.
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Twentynine boats retire from rugged Rolex Sydney Hobart
10:09:00 PM AEDT-(27-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
10:09:00 PM AEDT - As the leading boats in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race tonight head across a wind and waveswept Bass Strait towards the north-eastern tip of Tasmania,  29 of the smaller boats in the fleet have officially advised the Race Committee that they have retired from the race.<
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Race leaders nearing Bass Strait – boat for boat
BASS STRAIT 03:45 AM AEDT-(27-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Bass Strait 03:45 AM AEDT - Race leaders Konica Minolta from New Zealand and Australia’s Skandia are this morning sailing towards Bass Strait in their extraordinary repeat boat-for-boat duel for line honours in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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Supermaxis ahead of race record in dash down coast
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(26-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Supermaxis Skandia and Konica Minolta tonight are continuing their ocean racing duel as they surf south down the Australian East Coast in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with the Yacht Tracker recording them achieving speeds of 18 to 21 knots.
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Nicorette steals start, but Skandia hits the lead out to sea
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(26-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Ludde Ingvall’s brand new 90 foot maxi yacht Nicorette upstaged the two 98 foot supermaxis Skandia (Grant Wharington) and Konica Minolta (Stewart Thwaites) in a spectacular start to the 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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Better news for Rolex Sydney Hobart skippers - but still a rough trip
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(26-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The Bureau of Meteorology has given a belated Christmas present to the skippers and crews of the 116 yachts starting the 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at 1:10pm this afternoon.
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Thousands to watch 60th anniversary start
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(26-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Sixty years ago today, a fleet of nine wooden yachts, their sails made of cotton, their rigging galvanized wire, and most of them without radio communications set sail in the inaugural Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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Terra Firma withdraws – 116 boats expected on line
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(25-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The Victorian yacht Terra Firma today withdrew from tomorrow’s 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, leaving a fleet of 116 boats expected to line up on Sydney Harbour for what promises to be a rugged race south.
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Big Boats the tip for a cold, wet Hobart
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(24-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - “For the last two years we haven’t needed our wet weather gear. That is over.” That was the droll summary of Race Committee chairman Tim Cox after the skippers of the 117 yachts competing in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race were today given a full briefing on the likely weather they will encounter during the 628 nautical mile ocean classic.
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Fleet of 117 confirmed
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(23-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Martin James, this evening confirmed that the Club expected that a fleet of 117 boats would start in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this coming Sunday, 26 December 2004.
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Forecasters predict tough conditions for fleet
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(23-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The 60th Anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race looks set to be firmly in the tradition of its predecessors. The Hobart has a well-earned reputation as one of the toughest ocean races in the world, and early indications are that 2004 will test the crews and their boats thoroughly.
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Harbourside Spectators in for a nostalgic treat
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(20-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The hundreds of thousands of spectators expected to occupy the shores of Sydney Harbour to watch the start of the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race should take up their vantage points a little earlier this year.<
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Targé provisional winner of Rolex Trophy - by one point
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(19-12-2004) Rolex Trophy
Sydney, Australia - After four days and eight races, just one point separated Sydney yachtsman Steven David’s 60-footer Targé and New Zealander Stewart Thwaites’ 98-footer Konica Minolta at the end of the prestigious Rolex Trophy off Sydney Heads today.
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Please Santa, Give Us Wind. Lots of It!
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(18-12-2004) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - This year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is so many races within the race. Sure, every skipper and crew is out there to beat every other combination, but there is that special satisfaction from being number one in a fleet of identical boats. These will be contests for the aficionados.
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Betting agency lists Kiwi boat favourite for Rolex Sydney Hobart
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(17-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Australians apparently will bet on any contest, including the battle for line honours in the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race that starts from Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day, 26 December 2004.
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e-Bay auction returns boat sponsorship, but storm puts another boat out of Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(16-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - An innovative auction on eBay has paid dividends for the enterprising young Victorian crew contesting the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with Another Challenge - sailing mecca Hamilton Island Resort has come aboard as their their third and final sponsor.
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Historical Display Open
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(16-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - A picture tells a thousand words. That is certainly the case at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia where an historical display of the last 59 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Races has officially opened.
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International contingent arriving Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(14-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Several of the international contingent for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race have arrived at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney, including German boat Vineta and UK competitor Aera.
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Super maxis hit Sydney Harbour
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(3-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart race
Sydney, Australia - All three super maxis entered for the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be based on Sydney Harbour from next week as they prepare for their line honours battle in the ocean classic, now just three weeks away.
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Teams invited for Rolex Challenge
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(1-12-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart race
Sydney, Australia - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is inviting National, State and Club teams to contest the prestigious Rolex Challenge, the nine race series for boats competing in the IRC category of the Rolex Trophy and the 60th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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Prime Time viewing as summer of sail sparkles
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(30-11-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Sydney’s summer of sail, culminating with the start of the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, sparkled into action last weekend with several leading boats turning in impressive performances in the Savills Short Ocean Racing Championship.
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Two lines and later start on Boxing Day
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(25-11-2004) Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The largest fleet in a decade, together with logistical requirements for the live television broadcast, will see a two-line start and a later starting gun for the 60th anniversary Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
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