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Hugo Boss' Big Night Out
HOBART, AUSTRALIA-(28-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, Australia - Currently in 7th place in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Hugo Boss is scrapping it out with Open 66 Coogans Stores, Reichel Pugh 60 Loki and Volvo 60 Seriously 10 in a tight battle to determine the top 10 boats over the line.
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Rueful Crichton reflects on what might have been
HOBART, AUSTRALIA-(28-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, Australia - A disappointed Neville Crichton, skipper of Alfa Romeo, said the race was won and lost at Green Cape in South East Australia at daybreak yesterday. Alfa Romeo finished an hour and sixteen minutes behind race winner Wild Oats XI.
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7:38 AM AEDT: Wild Oats XI nearing finish but under jib only
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(28-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Bob Oatley's 30m maxi yacht Wild Oats XI is set to smash the race record for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race despite being forced to drop her mainsail in the Derwent River.
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9:35am (AEDT): Wild Oats XI Breaks Rolex Sydney Hobart Record
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(28-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The brand new 30 metre maxi from Sydney, Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line at 10 seconds past 8 am this morning, taking 1 day 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the course.  She has slashed an hour and 7 minutes hours off the record set by Nokia in 1999.
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Skandia crosses the line after troubled final day
HOBART, AUSTRALIA-(28-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Hobart, Australia - The rebuilt Melbourne maxi Skandia crossed the finish line at 2:46 this afternoon, and had to be towed into her berth at Constitution Dock.  For the second time in the race her engine had failed her.
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8:00 pm: Wild Oats XI Closes Gap, Winds Whip Up
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(27-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - 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.
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1.20pm: 27 Dec Gale Warning As Wild Oats XI Pulls Ahead
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(27-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - A gale warning for eastern Bass Strait has reignited hopes for a race record in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.
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7:35AM (AEDT) : Prospects of New Record May Have Gone With The Wind
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(27-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Light overnight winds have frustrated the competitors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, with the fleet strung out along the NSW coast in listless, variable conditions as the sun rose on day two.
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Vintage first day for Rolex Sydney Hobart Fleet
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 9:45 PM -(26-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - 9:45 pm - As the 85 yachts settle in for the night off the New South Wales coast, the competing sailors have described the first day of the race as close to perfect.
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Final Weather Briefing Confirms Record Race Is On
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(26-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Just hours before the start of the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race the Bureau of Meteorology has told the 85 skippers and their navigators that they can expect fast reaching and downwind conditions for most of the race.
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Fleet keeps it simple
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 6:15 PM -(26-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - 6:15 pm - As the 85 boats in the fleet enter the first evening of the race the character of this race is becoming evident: dont muck about with fancy tactics - put your foot to the floor and get to Hobart the shortest way possible.
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Wild Oats XI draws first blood in Rolex Sydney to Hobart
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - 3:55PM (AEDT)-(26-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - 3:55pm (aedt) - In perfect Sydney summer weather the 85 boats of the 2005 Rolex Sydney-Hobart fleet staged an incident free start to the race.
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Job Isn't Finished Yet Says Round The World Sailor
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(20-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Sydney turned on one of its special summer mornings to welcome home adventurers Alex Whitworth and Peter Crozier. Under the bluest of skies, the sun setting the harbour ablaze with light, around 25 spectator boats greeted Whitworth’s modest 10 metre yacht Berrimilla as she passed through Sydney Heads at around 8am and made her way to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
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That Was The Rolex Trophy, Now For Hobart
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(18-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Sparkling blue waters, a moderate swell and gusty south westerly winds around 20 knots made for a magic day’s racing on the final day of the Rolex Trophy - Rating Series off Sydney today.
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Young Guns Show Sailing Skills
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(18-12-2005) Rolex Trophy
Sydney, Australia - Two of Australia’s champion young sailors, Sean Kirkjian and Michael Blackburn, have played significant roles as a helmsman and a key sail trimmer aboard Yendys and Quantum Racing, the two yachts gaining top placings in the Rolex Trophy – Rating Series, the eight race offshore series that ended off Sydney today.
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Tough Ocean Race Good Training For The Laidback Life
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(18-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Forget the glamour of high tech, lightweight flyers and drenched professional crews perched on the rail battling across Bass Strait, for David and Andrea McKay this 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is the start of a life the rest of us dream about.
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German Sailors Seize Opportunity of a Lifetime
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(17-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The German entry in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has arrived at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia to make final preparations and wait for its keen crew to arrive over the next few days.
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Australian Team extends lead in Rolex Challenge
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(17-12-2005) Rolex Trophy
Sydney, Australia - Two more wins from Quantum Racing and two seconds by Loki in their divisions of the Rolex Trophy – Rating Series today has enabled the Australian team to extend its lead in the Rolex Challenge teams series.
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Sailing Legend Passes Away
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(17-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - John Bennetto, a “legend in Australian yachting”, has died in Hobart after a brief illness. Bennetto, 79, passed away in hospital late yesterday, only nine days before the start of the 61st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in which he had hoped to compete for the 45th time.
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Newcastle Family Leave Hobart Sailing To Son This Year
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(16-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - When it comes to ocean racing experience in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht, the Howard family of Newcastle ranks well: 35 races between them, mostly on boats from Lake Macquarie Yacht Club.
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What A Difference A Year Makes
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(15-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Two years ago, the 98-foot New Zealand maxi Konica Minolta was the gun boat of the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race, her only rival Melbourne maxi Skandia.
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‘Italian rascals’ steal early lead
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(10-12-2005) Rolex Trophy for One Design
Sydney, Australia - Two clear leaders emerged from the Farr 40 and Sydney 38 fleets on day one of the Rolex Trophy - One Design Series, a key lead-up event to the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2005.
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Melbourne Yacht Desperate To Be In Hobart In Time For New Year's Eve Party
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(10-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - This year, the boys on Melbourne yacht Addiction are hoping for a cheerier New Year’s Eve than the one they had last year.
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Fleet at 89 Yachts
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(2-12-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The fleet for the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race currently stands at 89 yachts with just hours until the deadline for entry forms closes at 5.00pm today.
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Fleet currently at 92 yachts
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(29-11-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - Entries for the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race close at 5.00pm this Friday, 2 December, with the Sailing Office of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA).
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New super maxis put the ‘big’ into Big Boat Challenge
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(29-11-2005) CYCA Big Boat Challenge
Sydney, Australia - Australia’s newest 98 foot super maxis, Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo and Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI, which is due to be launched at Rozelle in Sydney later this week, will go head to head for the first time in this year’s Big Boat Challenge on Tuesday 13 December.
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First entry in as Notice of Race is posted on Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2005 Web Site
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(12-7-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - A design race is under way to create new boats to win line and handicap honours for the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with the Notice of Race for Australia’s great ocean classic posted on the official website www.rolexsydneyhobart.com.
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Rolex extends naming rights partnership of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to 2010; Channel Seven to be host broadcaster
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-(11-7-2005) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Sydney, Australia - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Commodore Martin James tonight announced that the Club’s principal sponsor, Rolex SA, will extend its naming rights sponsorship of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and its associated regatta, the Rolex Challenge, up to and including the 2010 race.
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Wrap Up: Ocean Racing Classic
COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT-(17-6-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT - The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge was the latest in a series of transatlantic yacht races run by the New York Yacht Club dating back to 1866.
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Classic Encounter
COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT-(9-6-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT - While more than a week has passed since the first boats arrived in the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge race, the three boats in the classic division continue to slog it out.
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Record in the Bag, but the Race is Still On
NEW YORK, N.Y. -(1-6-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - This morning, in thick English Channel fog, Robert Miller’s (Hong Kong/New York, N.Y.) 140-foot (43m) Mari-Cha IV passed through the four-mile-long gate off the Lizard in the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge to break the 100-year-old record set by Charlie Barr on board Wilson Marshall’s 185-foot (56.4m) Atlantic.
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Century-Old Transatlantic Sailing Record Falls
NEW YORK, N.Y. -(1-6-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The 100-year-old west-to-east race record across the North Atlantic, from New York to the Lizard, fell this morning to Robert Miller’s (New York, N.Y./Hong Kong) Mari-Cha IV.
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Drag Race to the Lizard: Mari-Cha IV Expected to Break Record
NEW YORK, N.Y. -(31-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Owner Robert Miller (Hong Kong/New York, N.Y.) and his crew on board the 140-foot (43m) schooner Mari-Cha IV are at present on course to pass Lizard Point tomorrow morning to better Charlie Barr and the schooner Atlantic’s 100-year-old race record by more than two and a half days.
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Sojana Loses Class Lead; Crewman Injured
NEW YORK, N.Y. -(28-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - There was concern in the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge yesterday for Peter Harrison’s Sojana when her track showed her heading in a northwesterly direction, 90 degrees away from the proper race track to England.
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Upwind to Newfoundland: Carrera and Stad Amsterdam Retire
NEW YORK, N.Y. -(25-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - After a high-mileage Tuesday, the pace has slowed for race leaders Mari-Cha IV and Maximus as they negotiate a warm front that will see the wind filling in from the east. Both boats are heading just south of due east and making a more modest 10 knots compared to the high 20s they were seeing yesterday.
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Gulf Stream and Weather Determine Strategies
NEW YORK, USA-(24-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
New York, USA - Thankfully, the severe winds forecast yesterday have not materialised for a majority of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge fleet.
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Historic Race Underway from New York
NEW YORK, N.Y. -(22-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - This afternoon, 20 of the world’s largest yachts set sail from New York on the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile ride across the North Atlantic bound for England’s Lizard point in southern Cornwall and ultimately the Needles, Isle of Wight. The Rolex Transatlantic Challenge is the 100th anniversary of the New York Yacht Club’s race for the Kaiser’s Cup, which was won in record breaking style by Wilson Marshall’s Atlantic and America’s Cup legend Charlie Barr, who was at the helm. Just as the 1905 race was delayed by a day due to dense fog in the start area, 100 years later the start also was postponed by one day, on this occasion due to a forecast of potential gale-force headwinds.
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The Facts
NEW YORK, USA-(21-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
New York, USA - At 1410EDT tomorrow, the first start gun will fire for the 2005 Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, the latest in a series of transatlantic races run by the New York Yacht Club since 1866. This year’s event celebrates the centenary of yacht owner Wilson Marshall and skipper Charlie Barr’s record-breaking race for the Kaiser’s Cup aboard the schooner Atlantic.
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Gale Force Winds Cause Start to be Delayed
NEW YORK, USA-(21-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
New York, USA - A severe depression centered off Cape Cod--potentially producing headwinds gusting up to 50 knots--caused the Race Committee to delay the start of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge. A new start time has been provisionally set for 1400EDT Sunday, May 22, 2005.
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Start postponed due to dangerous weather conditions
NEW YORK, N.Y.-(20-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The start of the Rolex Transatlantic Challenge, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. on May 21, has been postponed by the New York Yacht Club Race Committee for at least 24 hours.
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Final Preparations
NEW YORK, N.Y.-(19-5-2005) Rolex Transatlantic Challenge 2005
NEW YORK, N.Y. - All 20 yachts competing in Saturday’s Rolex Transatlantic Challenge are now docked in New York, most moored alongside the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Intrepid.
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