Down to 101

Living Doll out of the Rolex Sydney Hobart

Friday December 19th 2008, Author: Lisa Ratcliff, Location: United Kingdom
There have been a number of changes to the Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet since the original 113 applications for entry were announced and the last fleet update was distributed. The current fleet size stands at 101.

Even Finer (Adrian Dunphy) - failed to submit entry by the close of entries deadline
The Squirrel (Phil Chisolm) - charter fell through

Michael Hiatt’s Victorian Farr 55 Living Doll was officially withdrawn from the Rolex Sydney Hobart yesterday after the skipper failed to get an engineer’s signature on the mast. The disappointed skipper acknowledged that he’d run out of time to get to Sydney for the Boxing Day start.

“After an awful lot of work and dedication and countless hours of work from the Living Doll team it seems that time has run out and a line has to be drawn. Living Doll has to withdraw from the 2008 Rolex Sydney Hobart.

“We have found nothing conclusive about the issues that we have been experiencing, the boat is ready to go but we can’t leave without an engineer signing off on the mast. I am extremely devastated about this but hopefully in the New Year we will be on top of it,” added Hiatt.

Living Doll was club racing on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay in early December when the crew heard a loud bang and discovered their 23 metre tall mast had compressed at the deck. Hiatt had hoped to have the mast repaired, tuned and signed off in time for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, which would have been its debut race south.

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