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Top News – Friday, December 26, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The 70th Sydney-Hobart Race was started on Sydney Harbour this morning at 2 h UTC. The fleet has passed the Heads hin a fresh breeze and is heading South on the open sea. As expected, the five super-maxis are in the lead constantly increasing the advantage on the persuers. 'Perpetual Loyal' of Anthony Bell AUS (with Tom Slingsby AUS, Seve Jarvin AUS) is first closely followed by 'Ragamuffin' of Syd Fischer AUS. 'Comanche' of Jim Clarke USA (with Ken Read USA) is 3rd. The yachts are still on an upwind course against the well established souterly but by this evening, the breeze is supposed to vanish and shift East.
The race tracker, the report from the start and the event website to be updated with reports and videos of the start.
 
Top News – Thursday, December 25, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014   
Tomorrow - UTC during the coming night - the start to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race will be given in Sydney Harbour. The five 100-foot-Super-Maxis among the 117 participants will race for the line honours. Read a detailed articlel on these super racers evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Two of the five contenders suffered damages during yesterday's trainings. The defending champion 'Wild Oats XI' broke the boom (here the report), and 'Raggamuffin', th lightest of the five yachts has structural defects on the deck (here the report with video. During the first 20 race hours, the yachts will have to fight upwind with a very fresh Soutn wind. Lateron, the breeze will calm down to about 5 kn, and therefore, a race record time is hardly possible.
The official preview.
 
Top News – Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   
High yacht racing activity during the days ahead ! On December 26, a 117 boats' fleet will start from Sydney Harbour direction Tasmania to the traditional Sydney-Hobart-Race, this time with five Maxi racers fighting for the line honours. Dinghies have also their traditions with the (Laser) regatta on the Hvar CRO island, the (Star) Christmas Race in Nizza FRA, the (Optimists in San Remo ITA) and the (Optimists, Lasers, 420s) at the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami FL USA, the major youth event in the US. Australia in high-summer is the prime site for a number of World Championships, mostly with tune-up races ahead of the main competitions. The first will be the Tornados in Perth AUS with practice races as from next Saturday and the title race beginning next Tuesday. On New Year's Eve, the IMOCA Open 60 will start to the Barcelona World Race, the round-the-world-race for two person teams, covered by sailing-news with daily updates.

We wish you Merry Christmas !
Wir wünschen frohe Festtage !
Wednesday, December 24, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
 
Top News – Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   (Image © Shane Smart)
The 'Vestas Wind' rescue team recovered the VOR 65 yacht grounded on a riff of the Brandon Islands in the Indian Ocean quicker than expected. Towed off the rocks with the help of an upcoming high tide, she was heft aboard a cargo vessel.
The report.
 
Top News – Monday, December 22, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Fred Hoffmann)
A number of International Olympic Classes sailors are spending their time in Rio de Janeiro for training purposes on the 2016 Olympic waters. During the past days, the Copa Brazil de Vela Regatta has been organised. Here some of the results:
In the Nacra 17, Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA added another overall victory. After 12 races, the finished first 4 points ahead of Vittorio Bisarro/Silvia Seguro ITA. Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI were 3rd in a good quality fleet. Strong competitors also in the 470 fleets. In the 470 women, the locals Oliveira/Barbachan BRA were on top ahead of the Olympic Champions Aleh/Powrie NZL as well as Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Vadlau/Ogar AUT 3rd at equal points. No ranking list is availabe right now from the 470 men), were the Olympic Champion Belcher AUS with Ryan AUS crew was first ahead of McNay/Hughes USA and Schmid/Reichstädter AUT. Robert Scheidt BRA was the winner in the Lasers Standard in front of Bruno Fontes BRA, Rutger Van Schaardenburg NED and Jean-Baptiste Bernaz FRA. Evi Van Acker BEL was ahead in the Lasers Radial, Giles Scott GBR dominated the Finns with 8 wins in 11 races. British victories also by Byrony Shaw GBR in the RS:X- women windsurfers and Nick Dempsey GBR in the RS:X men windsufers. Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI finished 15th. Bekkering/Duetz NED defeated the small 49erFX fleet. Grael/Borges BRA were the best of the three Brazilian teams in the 49FXer.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Monday, December 22, 2014   (Image © Crosby Lorimer)
The countdown to the 70th Sydney-Hobart Race is on. In three days, on St-Stephen's Day, the 117 teams will start on Sydney Harbour to the 629-miles race across the Bass-Street to the Tasmanian island. The weather forecast predicts a South wind around 25 kn for the first day, but a decreasing Westerly breeze in the Bass Street will most probably rather be favorable for the smaller yachts when it comes to the IRC handicap rankings. Five super-maxis fight for the line honours. The seven times winner 'Wild Oats XI' has strong opponents, above all the new constraction ' Comanche USA' and 'Perpetual Loyal'.
The preview and the event website.
 
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