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Wild Oats XI (left) and Comanche competing in a previous Rolex Sydney Hobart
Entry for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has now closed — and organisers at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) have announced that 170 yachts from Australia and overseas will take part in their 75th race. This will…
Wild Oats XI approaching the finish to take line honours in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Yacht Race
A mix of newcomers and race-winning veterans headline a 75-strong list already entered in the 75th editor of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which sets sail less than seven months from now, on Thursday 26 December. The Cayman Islands-registered…
The yacht GRACE O'MALLEY, (Zoe Taylor) a Cookson 12 design, competing in this year's Sydney Hobart Race
In offshore yacht racing the margins are fine, permutations seemingly infinite and influence of unpredictable factors like the weather significant. Concentration, resilience and a deft ability to react to unforeseen change and adversity are a prerequisite for any successful crew.…
Wild Oats X1 approaching the finish in the heart of Hobart harbour to take line honours in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race 2018. Thanks to her speed, though the actual wind is from aft of the beam, she seems to be on a close reach
Hobart in Tasmania is a characterful port with a certain style to it, picturesquely located in handsome scenery on the estuary of the River Derwent writes W M Nixon. It’s home to a goodly fleet of sailcraft and motorboats of…
Wild Oats XI, the line honours winner in the Sydney Hobart Race
Val Oatley described Wild Oats XI’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race line honours victory perfectly alongside the dock in Hobart this morning: “Three years of misery to this moment,” and you could not wipe the smile from her face or…
Jim Cooney's Comanche at the start of the Sydney Hobart
In the closest contest in the history of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the four remaining super maxis in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race were separated by just five nautical miles this morning - Comanche…
Ichi Ban made the most of conditions favouring mid-sized boats in last year’s Sydney Hobart
#Sydney-Hobart - Irish-Australian sailor Jim Cooney is expected to defend his line honours in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the Notice of Race for which has been released by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Entries are open…
The 1931-built Dorade at Tasman Island, navigated by Adrienne Cahalane to second in Class 4 in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race
Few international sporting events gives a stronger sense of the cohesive nature of the Irish diaspora than the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Race writes W M Nixon. For there were certainly sailors of Irish descent in the first race of…
Overall Winners – The Ichi Ban crew with Howth's Gordon Maguire as Sailing Master holding the Tattersall Cup
As Afloat.ie indicated yesterday here, Matt Allen’s Ichi Ban with Howth Yacht Club's Gordon Maguire onboard has been confirmed as the overall winner of the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart. With 28 races under his belt, this is the culmination of…
Irish Australian skipper Jim Cooney, the line honours winner of the Sydney Hobart Race 2017. The Comanche skipper told the press in Hobart he lodged the Port and Starboard protest against Wild Oats over safety issues, not to win the race
A time penalty of one hour. That is the punishment meted out today by the International Protest Committee to Mark Richards and the hundred footer Wild Oats XI for the near-collision with Jim Cooney’s LDV Comanche in a port-and-starboard incident…
In the groove. Matt Allen’s new TP 52 Ichi Ban, with Gordon Maguire as Sailing Master, on her way to overall victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2017
Gordon Maguire, originally of Howth Yacht Club but now well established as a leading figure in Australian sailing, looks set to be confirmed for his third overall win in the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Race this (Thursday) morning writes W…
The moment of truth. With less than ten miles to the finish on the Hobart waterfront and the wind almost gone, Wild Oats (foreground) gets ahead of LDV Comanche, and stays ahead.
If sailing has a more exquisite form of torture than the final miles of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, then we don’t really want to know about it writes W M Nixon. Having experienced proper offshore sailing southward since clearing…
LDV Comanche will take the provisional line honours winner to the protest room
Crossing the line 26 minutes after Wild Oats XI, LDV Comanche will take the provisional line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race to the protest room. Jim Cooney told Mark Richards: “Yes, I’m going to pursue it.” “OK, no…
Now with darkness coming on at 9.10 pm local time, Wild Oats has just 5.5 miles to sail and has accelerated to 9.5knot
The notoriously light and flukey night sailing conditions of the Derwent River in the final stages of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race are frustrating what has been an otherwise textbook performance by Jim Cooney's super-maxi LDV Comanche writes W M…
Act 1 of this race is drawing to its climax. LDV Comanche has rounded Tasman Island, 41nm from Hobart and expects to be here at 2100. Wild Oats XI is just two miles behind. This is still anyone’s race!
In the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the two leading supermaxis LDV Comanche (skippered by Irish–Australian skipper Jim Cooney with Cork's Justin Slattery as bowman) and Wild Oats XI are heading to a race record finish in the Derwent tonight. They are…
A few hours of sailing like this soon put LDV Comanche clear into the lead on the water in the Sydney-Hobart Race
They say that winning a sailing race is a matter of making fewer mistakes than anyone else, and then knowing when to go for it writes W M Nixon. Fourteen hours into the contest, and the annual 628 mile Rolex…

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