Members section of The Regatta Sailing Communitymain page - Online regatta sailing service centerFind sailing events & event information around the worldFind accommodation & travel solutions at Sailing VenuesBuy & sell used boats & equipmentNews about The Regatta Sailing CommunityLinks to all you search forContact the Online regatta sailing service center
Translate this page into German  French  Italian  Spanish  Portuguese
News Article news - Send article to a friend or sponsor

Buy or Sell
a used

Maxi Yacht

Sailing1st Features
Notice Board
Boat Market
Sailing News
Free Newsletter
Hot Links
Tell a Friend

World Rankings
World Weather

Airline tickets, hotel and car rental reservations


8:00 pm: Wild Oats XI Closes Gap, Winds Whip Up

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - 8:00 pm: Wild Oats XI Closes Gap, Winds Whip Up
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(27-12-2005) Leading maxi in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Wild Oats XI has regained record pace as she closes on the Tasmanian coast with nightfall expected to bring gale force following winds.

Those winds, predicted to strengthen from the north-east to 30 knots tonight but veer westerly at 30 to 40 knots tomorrow, should ensure Wild Oats XI of taking the race record set by Nokia in 1999 of one day 19 hours 48 minutes and two seconds. Needing to maintain 15 knots, she has consistently been reaching speeds of 18 and 19 knots.

It means Wild Oats XI has to cross the finish line at Castray Esplanade in Hobart by eight minutes past nine tomorrow morning.

At 7.30 pm tonight, Wild Oats XI was off St Helens and had sustained a 15 nautical mile lead over Alfa Romeo, both 30 metre Reichel-Pugh designs. Grant Wharington’s rebuilt maxi Skandia was about 50 miles behind Wild Oats XI. The winds overnight will determine fortunes in this year’s race.

While the leaders are being driven down the Tasmanian east coast, at the other end of the fleet slower boats still approaching Bass Strait are sailing into gale force winds that are tending westerly, then south-westerly and then southerly. That means battening down for a bash into the Strait.

That will come as a change of scene on Quantum Racing, the leading of the three DK46s where navigator Brian Northcote this afternoon was describing the trip so far as a “glamour ride”.

“We’ve had no water on the boat, no salt on it,” Northcote said, describing the flat conditions.

While Wild Oats XI is also the leading boat in the IRC division, the Canberra yacht Namadgi is leading the Performance Handicap division.

The only retirement so far in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race is the German entry Conergy, which retired this morning with a leak in the stern which eventually took out her radio. They fixed the leak but retired and headed back to Sydney.

. For more information about the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2005, visit where you can follow progress of yachts (once the race has begun) at ‘Yacht Tracker’ – yacht positions are updated approx every 10min.

Source: Nicole Brown

Get more press, result and general information about:
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race launches Sailing1st.NET  a network initiated by where partners offer their separate or joint services and share knowledge about  "mission critical tasks" that occur organizing and  processing events, including marketing and promotion activities. | About the Network | Web based communication tools


MedCapz | Internet Media, Development, Marketing and Strategy

MedCapz | Media Captures on facebook

Latest Market Postings
Add your FREE Market Advertisement
URGENTLY 470's Needed in EUROPE

| Login | Home | Events&Results | Teams&Results | Webcams | News | Market | Hot Links |
Disclaimer | Contact Us | FAQs |
All rights reserved by / MedCapz