116 entries

Including seven supermaxis to contest this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart

Monday November 2nd 2009, Author: Lisa Ratcliff, Location: United Kingdom
116 boats are due to take part in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Last year’s event attracted 113 entries and of those 100 made it to the start line on Boxing Day with 92 reaching the finish line off Hobart’s historic Battery Point having completed the gruelling Bass Strait crossing.

In 2004, 116 yachts sailed south for the 60th anniversary edition and prior to that 115 made it to the start line in 1998. It’s likely that this year’s fleet will finish up the second largest in more than a decade.

Expected to rendez-vous in Sydney Harbour at 1pm on Saturday 26 December for the traditional blast of cannon fire will be seven 100 and 98 foot heavyweights. They will line up for a title fight like never before - and there is plenty at stake. Apart from a single scare last year, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI crew has largely had things all their own way in the 628 nautical mile premier blue water event since they took the treble of line honours, the overall win and set a new race record in 2005.

But as Wild Oats XI stirs for a record fifth charge at line honours, the sharks are circling. At least four other similar sized maxis are capable of stemming Oats’ amazing run says Neville Crichton, owner/skipper of Alfa Romeo who is riding high after his 143rd line honours win in New Zealand last week and one of those challenging.

“It’s going to be the most spectacular big boat race we’ve ever seen,” Crichton promises.

In a hard upwind slog his money will be on Mike Slade’s proven UK-based 100 footer ICAP Leopard, while in a running race he would back Wild Oats XI, Grant Wharington’s modified 98 footer Skandia Wild Thing and Sean Langman’s soon-to-be 100 footer LOYAL, and of course his own Reichel Pugh-designed 100 foot champion.

Joining the super sleek and modern will be many of the race faithfuls, including three-time overall winner Love & War, Simon Kurts’ 1973-launched S & S 47, and Mike Freebairn’s 1968-built S & S 49 Ray White Spirit of Koomooloo, a 22-time entrant.

Ian Kiernan’s 1958-built Tasman Seabird Sanyo Maris, which tonight is running first in the IRC handicap stakes of the Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, will also add a touch of old world charm to the starter’s list.

“The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is elated with the number of applications to enter this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart,” said Commodore Matt Allen today.

“The decision to extend the maximum length overall limit from 98 to 100 feet has generated strong interest worldwide with five 100 footers promising an intense battle when the focus of yachting worldwide turns to Sydney Harbour on the 26th of December.

“There are a significant number of high quality applications including the Rolex Fastnet line honours and overall winners, ICAP Leopard and Niklas Zennstrom’s Ran. They will join last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner, Bob Steel’s TP52 Quest, and other past winners spanning several decades.

“With so many competitive grand prix yachts entered we are anticipating an exciting battle for the Tattersall’s Cup, but of course like Love & War’s win three years ago, the overall victor could come from one of the classic ranks.”

All Australian states plus the ACT are represented, with 12 international entries sailing for the UK, USA, New Zealand, Spain, New Caledonia and the Netherlands.

Applications for entry, which closed at 5pm today, will continue to be processed by the CYCA sailing office and if all the race entry criteria is met, owners will be invited to submit an entry form, due 4 December.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart will be preceded by the Rolex Trophy to be conducted on the waters off Sydney Heads. Racing for the one design classes, including Farr 40s and Sydney 38s, will take place over 11-13 December and the IRC and Performance Handicap boats between 17 and 20 December 2009.

Entries:

Boat
Nat/state
Type
LOA
Alfa Romeo
NZ
Maxi
100
ICAP Leopard
UK
Maxi
100
Lahana 
NSW
30m Maxi
100
Loyal
NZ
Maxi
100
Rapture
USA
Farr 100
100
Wild Oats XI
NSW
RP100
100
Skandia Wild Thing
VIC
IRC Maxi 98
98
Tokolosh
NSW
90
SS Brindabella
NSW
Jutson 79
79
Lion New Zealand
NZ
Whitbread Maxi
78
Ran 2
UK
JV 72
72
Ichi Ban
NSW
Jones 70
70
Adventure of Hornet
UK
Challenge
67
Challenger of Hornet 
UK
Challenge
67
Discoverer of Hornet
UK
Challenge
67
Broomstick
NSW
Modified 66
66
Helsal III
TAS
Adams 20
65
Getaway-Sailing.com
NSW
Volvo 60
64
Merit
QLD
Volvo 60
64
Loki
NSW
Reichel Pugh 63
63
Helsal IV
TAS
Dynamique 62
62
Limit
WA
Reichel Pugh 62
62
Charisma
Spain
S & S 57
57
Living Doll
VIC
Farr 55
55
Yendys
NSW
Reichel Pugh 55
55
Flying Fish
NSW
Radford 16.4
54
Sailors With Disabilities
NSW
Lyons 54
54
Concordia
VIC
Nautor Swan 53
53
Calm
VIC
TP52
52
Cougar II
VIC
TP 52
52
Goldfinger 
VIC
Farr 52
52
Quest
NSW
TP 52
52
Ragamuffin
NSW
TP52
52
Shortwave
NSW
IRC52
52
Secret Mens Business 3.5
SA
Reichel Pugh 51
51
Evolution Racing 
NSW
Cookson 50
50
Holy Cow! 
NSW
Beneteau Oceanis 50
50
Pretty Fly III 
NSW
Cookson 50
50
Shogun
VIC
Cookson 50
50
Audi Centre Melbourne
VIC
Corby 49
49
Knee Deep 
WA
Farr 49
49
Ray White Spirit of Koomooloo 
QLD
S&S 49
49
Strewth
NSW
MKL 49
49
Suesea 
WA
Marten 49
49
Imagination 
NSW
First 47.7
47
Kioni 
NSW
Beneteau First 47.7
47
Love & War
NSW
S & S 47
47
Ninety Seven 
VIC
Farr 47
47
Shamrock
VIC
Reichel Pugh 47
47
St Jude
NSW
Sydney 47
47
Dekadence
TAS
DK46
46
Mahligai
NSW
Sydney 46
46
More Witchcraft
NSW
Dibley 46
46
Zora I 
NSW
Salona 45
46
Balance 
NSW
Beneteau 45
45
Charlie's Dream
QLD
Bluewater 450
45
Colortile 
NSW
Sayer 45
45
Rush 
VIC
Corel 45
45
Auch
TAS
Beneteau First 44.7
44
Bacardi
VIC
Peterson 44
44
EZ Street 
NSW
Warwick 44
44
Mr Beaks Ribs
NSW
Beneteau First 44.7
44
Namadgi
ACT
Bavaria 44
44
SES Inch by Winch
NSW
Peterson 44
44
Another Fiasco 
QLD
Jutson 43
43
Polaris of Belmont 
NSW
Cole 43
43
Valheru
TAS
Elliott 43
43
ReIgnition 
QLD
Sydney 42
42
B52
NSW
Murray 41
41
Patrice Six
NSW
X41
41
Pinta - M 
Netherlands
S & S 41
41
41 SUD
New Caledonia
Archambault 40
40
AFR Midnight Rambler 
NSW
Farr 40
40
Aurora
NSW
Farr 40 - One Off
40
Chancellor
NSW
Beneteau First 40.7
40
Chutzpah
VIC
IRC 40
40
Copernicus 
NSW
Radford 12
40
Krakatoa II 
NSW
Pogo 40
40
Nips N Tux 
NSW
IMX 40
40
Paca 
NSW
Beneteau First 40
40
Panacea 
NSW
Beneeteau First 40.7
40
Papillon
NSW
Archambault 40
40
Pelagic Magic 
NSW
Beneteau 40.7
40
Quetzalcoatl 
NSW
Jones 40
40
She 
NSW
Olsen 40
40
Two True 
SA
First 40
40
Wahoo 
NSW
Frers 40
40
Wasabi 
NSW
Sayer 12 MOD
40
Wicked
VIC
First 40
40
Matangi
TAS
Frers 39
39
Perie Banou II 
WA
S & S 39
39
She's The Culprit
TAS
Jones 39
39
Bear Necessity
NSW
C & C 115
38
Bet247 
NSW
Sydney 38
38
Birds Off Boats 
NSW
Sydney 38 Mod
38
Eleni
NSW
Sydney 38
38
Geomatic Joker 
VIC
Jarken 38
38
Getaway Sailing 2
NSW
Sydney 38
38
J Steel Yeah Baby 
NSW
Sydney 38
38
Menace
NSW
Phillips/Simpson 11.7
38
Mondo 
QLD
Sydney 38
38
Next 
NSW
Sydney 38
38
Ray White Castle Hill Tartan 
NSW
Northshore 38
38
Shining Sea 
SA
Sydney 38
38
Swish 
NSW
Sydney 38
38
The Subzero Goat
NSW
Sydney 38
38
Livewire.org.au 
NSW
Oceanis 37
37
Nautical Miles 4 Kidz Tow Truck
NSW
Ker 11.3
37
One For The Road 
NSW
Northshore 37
37
Pippin
QLD
Farr 37
37
Salona
NSW
Salona 37
37
Sanyo Maris 
NSW
Tasman Seabird
36
Young Nicholson
NZ
Young 11
36
Archie
TAS
Archambault 35
35
CHorse 
NSW
Cavalier 350 SL
35
Zephyr 
NSW
Farr 1020
33

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