Sydney-Hobart 2011 Update

  • Posted by Patrick Bollen
  • October 11, 2011 10:05 PM AEDT

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced first entries have been received for the forthcoming ocean classic considered by many as the toughest ocean passage race in the world. 

At the time of writing 33 yachts have entered the great 628 nautical mile classic from Sydney Harbour to Battery Point on the Derwent River in the Tasmanian capital. 

Leading the way will be the great super maxi WILD OATS XI, five time line honours winner of this gruelling yacht race. 

WILD OATS XI also currently holds the race record of 1day and 18 hours and 40 minutes. 

Skipper Mark Richards is confident this amazing boat can once again take the line honours. 

At this juncture it appears there will be no real challenges though the CYCA is hopeful the new RAMBLER will be repaired and up to speed after losing her keel in this year’s Fastnet race. 

Anthony Kirby has again entered his X41, PATRICE SIX. Matt Allen has entered his Jones 70, ICHI BAN and Anthony Bell will take it to WILD OATS with his super maxi INVESTEC LOYAL.

 From Victoria’s Sandringham Yacht Club comes the dashing TP52, CALM and the highly competitive near sisters SHOGUN and SCARLETT RUNNER. 

The first overseas entry to register is the Open 60, HUGO BOSS. 

Of the entries so far 14 come from NSW, 6 from Victoria, 7 from Tasmania and three from the sunshine state, Queensland. 

Making his debut as a skipper will be young Peter Langman, the 18 year old son of Sydney sailing identity Sean Langman who will be skippering the 80 year old gaff rig classic, MALUKA. 

Pete Langman is no stranger to sailboats nor is he a stranger to the gruelling demands of yacht racing. 

Peter started sailing not long after birth and as a boy sailed Mirror dinghy’s from Hunters Hill Sailing Club. 

At age 9 Peter would often take the helm of XENA [ GRUNDIG/AAPT] during the CYCA Winter Series. 

Later he helped deliver MALUKA with his dad and family friend John Crawford from Lord Howe Island to Sydney. 

Now, after graduating from St Joseph’s College at Hunters Hill he is doing an apprenticeship in shipwrighting at Noakes Boatyard in Sydney and this year will realise a long time dream. 

“After watching dad finish the Hobart race so many times I wanted to do the race as soon as turned 18,” said the younger Langman. 

Come Boxing Day this year Peter will be at the helm of the beautiful Ranger Class classic MALUKA. 

Also competing in this year’s event will be Round World sailor, the young and extraordinary Jessica Watson. 

A race between these two young sailors will make for some terrific yachting competition and should certainly glean much and great public interest.

Patrick ‘Tenpin’ Bollen