World’s most testing race, Sydney, Hobart is on now, Video

Sailors race 628 nautical miles from a startline on Sydney Harbour

World’s most testing race, Sydney, Hobart is on now, Video
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Sydney to Hobart 2014: World’s most testing race set for 70th edition; What you need to know :
It’s a race which started as a cruise 70 years ago when nine little yachts set sail from Sydney to Tasmania. Now the Sydney to Hobart is recognised as one of the world’s most testing ocean races in the world.
The course:
Sailors race 628 nautical miles from a startline on Sydney Harbour to the finish on the Derwent River in Hobart.
In between is some of the most treacherous waterway in the world _ Bass Strait. This stretch of water is renowned for steep, sharp seas which can cause disaster for yachts and their crews.
It was here in 1998 that six men lost their lives at sea in the worst storm on record.
The favourites:
The five 100-footers in the race are expected to make it to Hobart first thanks to their sheer size and grunt. Wild Oats is favourite thanks to her antecedence as a seven-time line honours winner. But this Sydney yacht faces formidable opposition from both Australian and overseas entries. The local contingent hoping to beat Wild Oats comprises Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal and Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin with the internationals lead by the Ken Read skippered Comanche.
The overall contenders:
Deemed the real winners of the race. Yachts in the fleet are rated by a complicated formula which takes into account such things as age, weight and result history.
The formula attempts to create a level playing field where, if they are sailed well, a 30-footer could eclipse a 100-footer for the overall handicap honours. This is why this award is so highly prized.
The fastest:
Wild Oats holds the race record of just over one day 18 hours for the race. traditionally, however, the line honours winners take more than two days to complete the course. The speed of the race will be dictated by the weather.
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Sailors race 628 nautical miles from a startline on Sydney Harbour
to the finish on the Derwent River in Hobart.

World’s most testing race, Sydney, Hobart is on now, Video

 

 

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