Sydney - Hobart 2011 Update 2

  • Posted by Patrick Bollen
  • October 16, 2011 1:23 PM AEDT

The 67th Rolex Sydney to Hobart update: 

With just over ten weeks to the starters gun on Boxing Day 2011, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore Garry Linnacre is confident of a fleet of a hundred boats contesting the iconic passage race to Hobart sitting quietly on the foreshores of the Derwent river at the foot of Mt Wellington.

From the top of this imposing mass of mountain rock, a visitor to historic Hobart can see 360 degrees for miles and miles north to Maria Island on the east coast and beyond, south to the grandeur of the magnificent D’Entrecasteaux Channel and north over  rugged mountain peaks into the centre of the island.

As yachts arrive in this beautiful little city they will moor in the famous fishing boat facility Constitution Dock on the city’s door step. 

Entries for this famous yachting challenge will close on November 11 at 1700 hours. Presently the CYCA has received 53 entries with from overseas starters including the USA, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

The biggest boats entered so far are the five times line honours winner and race record holder WILD OATS XI and INVESTEC LOYAL. 

LOYAL’s owner Anthony Bell has put together a crack crew including Will McCarthy, Michael Coxon, Anthony ‘Billy’ Merrington, Anthony Nossiter and Joe ‘ Black’ Akasich. 

Joining this crew of notables will be two Aussie rugby stalwarts, Phil Waugh and Phil Kearns. 

See, there is life after rugby. 

The smaller LAHANA [ Peter Milard and John Honan ] will again be on the start line to ensure the bigger boats are pushed hard and Stephen Ainsworth and sailing master Gordon Maguire are quietly confident there yacht LOKI is now at her best to bring home the famed Tattersal trophy.

 The entry list to date includes several very famous ocean racing names including RAGAMUFFIN, a TP 52 for the doyen of Australian sailing, Syd Fischer, ICHI BAN [Matt Allen], THE GOAT, a Sydney 38 for former rugby league notable Bruce Foy, PATRICE SIX [Anthony Kirby] and the two Victorian near sisterships SHOGUN, a JV 52 [ Rob Hanna] and SCARLETT  RUNNER, a Reichel Pugh 52 [ Robert Date]. 

Four boats have entered from Tasmania including the aging NATELLE II which will be skippered by 22 year old Laura Roper who says, “ For as long as I can remember I have wanted to do the Hobart. I decided earlier this year I was going to do the race in our family’s boat.” 

Still on the subject of young, Jessica Watson, the gutsy young lady who captured our attention and our hearts after last year sailing non stop around the globe – how time flies – will be competing on a Sydney 38, ELLA BACHE while 18 year old Peter Langman will be skippering the oldest yacht in this years classic, the eighty year old MALUKA. 

Peter’s dad Sean will also be charging down to Hobart in his newest yachting challenge, to beat the clock, aboard the mighty 60 foot trimaran currently called BANQUE POPULAIRE. 

This incredible sailing boat is capable of speeds to 40 knots plus. 

This is bare knuckle sailing at it’s frightening best. It’s strap your self in, hang on tight and go for it. Multihull sailing is the most fun you can have on the water. Fast and furious. I love it. 

Visitors to Sydney are reminded that ‘No visit to Sydney is complete,’ unless you go for a sail on the most beautiful harbour in the world. 

Just check out any number of charter companies including, Eastsail in Darling Point, Sydney by Sail, Ausail Yacht Charter, Champagne Sailing Sydney, Eastcoast Sailing and Sailcorp based in Lavender Bay. 

Until next time remember, when underway its, one hand for you and one for the boat.


Patrick ‘Tenpin’ Bollen