Sydney-Hobart entry deadline extended

You now have until the 15th November to enter, Sydney 38's now accepted as one design class

Wednesday October 30th 2002, Author: Peter Campbell, Location: Australasia
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has extended the deadline for lodgementof Applications to Enter the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by two weeks to Friday, 15 November.

The deadline originally for the 630 nautical mile ocean classic was to have been by 5pm this Friday, 1 November.

"We want to give every potential competitor, in Australia and overseas, the opportunity to compete in the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race," CYCA Sailing Committee Chairman, Rear Commodore Roger Hickman, said today.

"We already have an outstanding fleet of the highest quality ocean racing yachts, with entries from the United States, Great Britain, France, Sweden and the Netherlands, as well as Australian boats.

Hickman said the Sailing Committee was in the process of assessing all Applications to Enter received so far and owners would be notified by letter shortly that their boat had been accepted or otherwise.

"We have not identified any issues on stability or crew experience among boats nominated so far," he added.

"We urge owners to continue to compile documentation to meet the next stage of complying with the Notice of Race.

"It's going to be an outstanding fleet, with the super maxis Shockwave and Leopard of London and other state of the art racing boats, but ranging right through to cruiser/racers and some fast 30-footers such as Toecutter from Melbourne and Krakatoa from Sydney," he added.

Among the Applications to Enter the race already received is Australia's newest grand prix racer, Matt Allen's Ichi Ban, launched last weekend, and one of two Farr 52 One Design yachts contesting the race, the other being Ray Roberts' Hollywood Boulevard.

Hickman also announced today that the Sydney 38 had been approved as a One Design Class for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, competing for the Sydney Yachts Trophy.

So far four Sydney 38s have been nominated, or are expected to compete, among them being the Australian champion, Lou Abrahams' Another Challenge from Melbourne, along with Bruce Taylor's Chutzpah, also from Melbourne.

Sydney based Sydney 38s Obsession (Peter Mooney) and Next, skippered by Natasha Henley-Smith, have also announced they will compete and the Club is expecting further entries from Sydney 38 owners keen compete in a real blue water challenge in a one design format.

"One design racing within the traditional structure of the Rolex Sydney Hobart is an exciting new concept and one which are confident will expand with the popularity of one design racing offshore," Hickman added.

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