The race to Hobart is on again

Over 90 boats have entered for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race so far

Tuesday November 8th 2005, Author: Nicole Browne, Location: United Kingdom
More than 90 yachts representing four countries and seven Australian states and territories will line up in Sydney Harbour at 1:20pm on 26 December to contest the 61st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

This year’s 628 nautical mile journey south could be the fastest ever, with four maxis entered and previous restrictions on speed lifted. The maximum overall length for competing boats will remain at 30 metres. However, there are no restrictions on the degree to which canting keels* can swing to each side, the height of rigging or the size of sails.

Applications for entry will be accepted until 5:00pm Wednesday 9 November, allowing for as many yachts as possible to join a fleet whose size has already exceeded the expectations of organisers.

“To have such a big fleet the year after the 60th Anniversary and a tough race is very pleasing and we understand there are a few boats who are still to enter,” said CYCA Commodore Geoff Lavis.

“The enthusiasm for the race never wanes and it continues to attract yachts of all sizes and styles, as well as sailors from around the country and around the world.

“To date we have entries from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, four entries from New Zealand plus representation from New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and the ACT.”

If the weather plays its part, the big boats could sight the Hobart finish line in record time. The line honours time to beat is 1 day, 19 hours, 48 minutes, 02 seconds set by Nokia in 1999.

The two brand new maxis, Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo and Bob Oatley’s soon to be launched Wild Oats XI will join three former contenders returning to the fray. AAPT, which crossed the Hobart finish line second last year; Konica Minolta, which elected to pull out last year following some structural damage; and Skandia, which was also forced to retire last year after a keel system failure have entered again.

However, it is often the smaller boats who take the true victory of the race – Overall Winner. With so many different yachts competing in the race, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia uses the International Rule Club (IRC) time correction system, with boats competing in different divisions according to their size and, or potential speed.

There are many yachts in this year’s fleet with the potential to claim the Tattersalls Trophy for Overall Winner. Among them are Yendys, Chieftain representing Ireland, Dekadence from Victoria, Loki which finished third overall in the IRC Division at Hamilton Island and Quest which has a previous first and second overall in this race.

International entrants to watch include the UK’s Open 60 Hugo Boss, skippered by Alex Thompson, a major new talent in international yachting. Thompson first made news in the 1998-99 Clipper Race when, at the age of 24, he became the youngest skipper ever to win a round the world race. Two years later, he took line honours in the Round Britain and Ireland Race. Following a second place in the 2002 Transat Jacques Varbre, Alex came in a close third in the 2003 Defi Atlantique, establishing yet another record in the process. This time was a new world speed record for solo monohulls, covering 468 miles in a 24 hour period at an average boat speed of 19.5 knots. For this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Alex will be joined by local Australian and fellow Vendee Globe 2004-5 competitor Nick Maloney, Olympic silver medallist Simon Hiscocks, Hobart-born Team New Zealand sailmaker Dick Parker and renowned navigator and meteorologist Chris Tibbs.

The appeal of the race continues for many in the fleet who return year after year. Among those with a continuing passion for the race are Lou Abrahams (Challenge) who will sail his 43rd Sydney Hobart and Tony Cable who will chalk up his 42nd trip on Philip’s Foote Witchdoctor, which is undertaking its 25th Sydney Hobart to equal Mark Twain’s record.

The classic yacht Berrimilla, only 10.1 metres long, has entered every race since the 50th anniversary in 1994 and will be back this year to complete a full year’s sailing adventure. After finishing sixth in their division last year, Alex Whitworth and Peter Crozier left Hobart and sailed via the Falkland Islands to the UK where they took part in the 2005 Rolex Fastnet Race. They finished eighth in IRC Class 3 and were awarded the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s Seamanship Trophy for an outstanding act of seamanship. They are currently making their way home and will have just a few weeks to prepare the boat before they line up for Berrimilla’s 15th Rolex Sydney Hobart.

John Walker, skipper of Impeccable will be celebrating his 22nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and at the youthful age of 83 again looks to be the most senior competitor in the fleet. At 23 years of age, the skipper of New Zealand’s Nevenka is the youngest skipper this year.

More than a million people are again expected to watch the race start on and around Sydney Harbour or via television. The start will be broadcast live by the Seven Network, including a preview from 1:00pm before the race begins at 1:20pm.

“The race is an Australian tradition which has become world-renowned and attracts the interest of people worldwide who check its progress on television or via the official website’s Yacht-Tracker, which experienced 1.8 million unique visitors in 2004,” said CYCA Commodore Geoff Lavis.

The Rolex Trophy - One Design Series (10-12 December) and the Rolex Trophy- Rating Series (15-18 December) will again be the lead-up events to the 61st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

For more information about the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, visit www.rolexsydneyhobart.com

Entry List:

Yacht Name
Sail Number
Type
1
AAPT 2*
AUS11111
NSW
2
AAPT*
A99
NSW
Open 66
3
ABN AMRO*
NOR2
NSW
Volvo Ocean 60
4
Addiction*
S16
VIC
Inglis 37
5
AFR Midnight Rambler*
8338
NSW
Farr 40
6
Alfa Romeo*
NZL80
New Zealand
Maxi
7
Apollonius*
TYC250
TAS
Robinson 41
8
Aurora*
4057
NSW
Farr 40 - One Off
9
Balance*
F308
WA
Lidgard 35
10
Berrimilla*
371
NSW
Brolga 33
11
Beyond Outrageous*
AUS S 37
VIC
Inglis 39
12
Brindabella*
C1
NSW
Jutson 79
13
Cadenza*
8301
NSW
Farr 50
14
Challenge*
SM2
VIC
Sydney 38
15
Chancellor*
7407
NSW
Beneteau First 40.7
16
Chieftain*
IRL5005
Ireland
Cookson 50
17
Chikara*
G990
VIC
Dibley 33
18
Chutzpah*
R33
VIC
Sydney 38
19
Cougar*
SM 447
VIC
Beneteau 44.7
20
Dekadence*
SM46
VIC
DK46
21
Diomedea*
6520
NSW
Van de Stadt 48
22
Dodo*
6081
NSW
Sydney 38
23
Farr South*
1124
TAS
Farr 36
24
Fincorp More Witchcraft*
8402
NSW
Dibley 40
25
Flirt*
SM4321R
VIC
Corby 49
26
Flying Fish BMS*
1987
NSW
Peterson 51
27
Fuzzy Logic*
R69
VIC
ILC 40
28
Goldfinger*
8880
VIC
Farr 52
29
Hardys Secret Mens Business*
YC3300
SA
Reichel/Pugh 46
30
Heaven Can Wait*
H 1
QLD
Welbourn 50
31
Hidden Agenda*
9797
NSW
Sydney 38
32
Hollywood Boulevard*
AUS8889
NSW
DK46
33
Horwath BRI*
MH60
NSW
Sydney 38
34
Hugo Boss*
GBR 99
UK
Open 60
35
Icefire*
R6572
VIC
Mummery 45
36
Impeccable*
MH106
NSW
3/4 tonner IOR
37
Infinity III*
5474
NSW
Farr 65
38
Inner Circle*
M762
NSW
Farr 40 IOR
39
Inon*
7008
NSW
Beneteau
40
Isabella*
5776
NSW
Northshore 380 Sports
41
Jailhouse Grill*
A121
TAS
Adams 13
42
Kaz*
7878
NSW
Lyons 52
43
Kioni*
6146
NSW
Beneteau First 47.7
44
Konica Minolta*
NZL10001
NZ
Maxi 30m
45
Live It*
RQ80
Germany
Beal 45
46
Living Doll*
R50
VIC
Cookson 50
47
Loki*
60000
NSW
Reichel Pugh 60
48
Lucifarr*
M666
NSW
Farr 40
49
Merlin*
93
NSW
Kaiko 51
50
Mr Kite*
6522
NSW
51
Namadgi*
6388
ACT
Bavaria 44
52
Nevenka*
NZL 2716
New Zealand
Townson 36
53
Ocean Skins*
G147
VIC
Inglis 47
54
Pale Ale Rager*
YC560
SA
Elliot 56
55
Pekljus*
6419
NSW
Radford 50
56
Phillip's Foote Witchdoctor*
2557
NSW
Davidson 42
57
Polaris of Belmont*
5527
NSW
Cole 43
58
Pretty Fly II*
8924
NSW
Beneteau First 47.7
59
Prime Time*
7447
NSW
Beneteau First 44.7
60
Prion*
R63
VIC
Mod. Mount Gay 30
61
Quest *
AUS6606
TAS
Nelson Marek 46
62
Ragamuffin*
AUS70
NSW
Farr 50
63
Ray White Koomooloo*
RQ68
QLD
Kaufman 41
64
Rayo*
CHI330
NSW
Mumm 36
65
Renegade*
SA
Holland 40
66
Rush*
B45
VIC
Corel 45
67
Savcor*
2999
Sweden
Sydney 38
68
Sea Quest*
6285
NSW
Adams 15
69
Seriously 10*
8844
NSW
Volvo 60
70
She*
4924
NSW
Olsen 40
71
Shogun*
G4646
VIC
DK 46
72
Sirromet Lifestyle Wines*
8447
NSW
Beneteau First 44.7
73
Skandia*
M10
VIC
IRC Maxi 98
74
Stormy Petrel*
508
NSW
Sparkman & Stephen
75
Sweethart*
QLD
Jutson 39
76
Swish*
6073
NSW
Sydney 38
77
TBA*
TBA
NSW
78
Team Lexus*
6565
NSW
Sydney 38
79
Tilting at Windmills*
SM117
VIC
MOD J. Dory 41
80
Toecutter*
R1111
VIC
Hick 31
81
Torpan International*
5985
NSW
Kaufman/Jutson
82
Tow Truck*
M6
NSW
Mumm 30
83
Viva*
NZL 9477
New Zealand
Beneteau 47.7
84
Wedgetail*
HW42
QLD
Welbourne 42
85
White Hot*
6469
NSW
F36 Razer
86
Wild Oats XI *
10001
NSW
Maxi 30m
87
Wild Rose*
4343
NSW
Farr 43
88
Wistarie*
263
NSW
Moodys 38
89
Wot's Next*
6559
NSW
Sydney 47
90
Yeah Baby*
6068
NSW
Sydney 38
91
Yendys*
1836
NSW
Judel Vrolijk (JV52)
92
Zen*
3838
NSW
Sydney 38

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