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Top News – Saturday, December 27, 2014
Saturday, December 27, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
As expected, the wind decreased after the first 15 rough race hours, and meanwhile, the fight for the lead among the five super-maxis has been reduced to a duel between the multiple Sydney-Hobart winner 'Wild Oats XI' (Bob Oatley AUS) and with a 14 miles' deficit 'Comanche' (Jim Clarke USA). 'Perpetual Loyal' was forced to abandon the race with structural damage, and 'Ragamuffin', a light-wind design, was unable to keep the pace. 'Rio 100' on rank 3 is 44 miles behind the leader. 330 miles are left to Hobart and - with an increasing breeze from the Wast this afternoon - the estimated time of arrival will probably be tomorrow morning. The report of the day, der Race-Viewer und das Video des Tages.
Saturday, December 27, 2014   
Today begins the Orange Bowl on Biscayne Bay, the best-attended youth regatta in the USA. Optmists, Lasers 4.7 and Radial as well as 420s are on the entry lists, 675 participants from 23 nations.
The wind forecast promises sun and a moderate seabreeze around 10 kn. The event website.
 
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.
 
 
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