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  • Photoboy
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    Originally posted by The Flash View Post
    someones a bit late to the party. that you photoboy?
    CNN takes its time to produce some nice pieces. Usually hard to find and link too.

    Enjoy!

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  • The Flash
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    someones a bit late to the party. that you photoboy?

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  • Photoboy
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    CNN's Shirley Robertson provides the narrative on what makes the Sydney Hobart one of the most intriguing yacht races in the world





    The Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race draws competitors back year after year to tackle the grueling waters of the Tasman Sea.



    CNN's Shirley Robertson travels to Sydney to meet entrants in the 70-year-old classic race from New South Wales to Tasmania.





    CNN follows the fight for line honors in this prestigious international ocean race, as the fleet sets off for the 630 nautical miles south to Hobart.

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  • Photoboy
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    A Well Balanced Boat


    Balance on her way to overall honours © ROLEX, Studio Borlenghi, Stefano Gattini.jpg

    Balance declared winner of 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

    After a long day and overnight wait, Paul Clitheroe’s TP52 Balance was this morning declared the overall winner of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Clitheroe’s major rival for the Tattersall’s Cup, Quikpoint Azzurro gliding over the finish line in Hobart at 07.37.59 hours this morning to claim third place.

    A belated birthday present for Clitheroe, who turned 60 in July, this is the first time he has won the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race, but not the boat’s first time. As Quest, it won the 2008 race for Bob Steel, and aboard again were two of his winning crew, sailing master Mike Green, a veteran of 37 Hobarts, and Adam Brown, a veteran of 29 races. The pair has also

    Green also won on a previous Quest in 2002 and took line honours on Ninety Seven in the storm ravaged 1993 race. Brown, was with Green in 2008 and 1993, with an additional overall win on Ragamuffin in 1992.

    CYCA director Paul Clitheroe purchased his fifth Balance mid-last year and it has won two Sydney Hobarts from just five attempts. The 10 year-old Farr designed yacht has represented great value for her various owners, with other great results to her credit.

    This morning he said: “It’s an absolute honour to win this great race. I thought the little boat had beaten us, until the Derwent River decided otherwise,” reserving further comment for the official announcement at the boat at 10.00am this morning.
    Going into the 2014 Hobart, Balance was leading the chase for the CYCA’s Blue Water Point Score, inclusive of claiming second overall IRC Division 1 in the 2014 Gold Coast race and winning the Cabbage Tree Island Race. When Hobart conditions smiled down on the smaller yachts, Balance finished 36th overall, but was top TP52 and therefore accepted second overall in the BWPS.

    This time around, Clitheroe has usurped Rupert Henry’s JV62, Chinese Whisper, to take the CYCA’s series crown after finishing second in the Flinders Islet race, third in the Newcastle Bass Island race and third overall in November’s 180nm Cabbage Tree Island Race.

    Clitheroe’s other crew are: Nick Scott Perry, David Keddie, David Taylor, Jason Dock, Matthew Craig, Max de Montgolfier, Tom Brewer, Michael Slinn, Andrew Cribb and Clinton Evans, who becomes the first Norfolk Islander to win the race.

    By Di Pearson, RSHYR media

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  • Photoboy
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    Like Christmas Again



    One of the highlights of the year, is the promise of new tales of adventures, misadventures from the Rolex Sydney Hobart,
    along with the video compilations and of course, a fresh batch of stills from the race, and as usual more amazing images
    from the lens of Carlo Borlenghi.

    All images © studio borlenghi / rolex


























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  • El Capitan
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    Major bummer for Wild Oats after all the rehab work.

    Congrats to Kenny Read and crew for sticking it out and getting the job done.

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  • Photoboy
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    Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s maxi Comanche pulled off an incredible feat tonight, taking line honours in the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and winning the Illingworth trophy and Rolex Yacht Master II timepiece.

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  • Photoboy
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    Ragamuffin 100 has claimed second place after a drifting duel with Rambler down the Derwent. Congrats Syd Fischer and crew!
    Update: Rambler rounds out the podium, in third place.

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  • Photoboy
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    For Ragamuffin and Rambler it has been a frustrating night - they should have arrived in Hobart in darkness - instead they wallowed under the black gloom of Tasman Island, waiting for the sun to rise.

    The golden rule of the Rolex Sydney Hobart is get across Storm Bay and up the Derwent River before midnight. The Derwent is a country girl. She doesn’t like to stay up too late.

    Even as Comanche glided towards Hobart late last night, the breeze was petering out, the last miles covered in fits and starts as little gusts delivered a tantalizing burst of speed then wafted away again. For her defeated rivals still off Tasman Island, the Derwent message was clear.

    “Relax, chill out, you’re not seeing Hobart any time soon. I am going to give you all night to contemplate what might have been”.

    The two wounded boats, both with smashed daggerboards, drifted just yards apart, the wags on Ragamuffin 100 whiling away the time Face Booking. “The tide is turning, should we put out the anchor? Passing the Iron Pot, hope there are some scallop pies left.”

    They needn’t have worried, the pie shop would be well open, a new batch of pies in the oven by the time they tied up.

    Further back up the coast and deep into Bass Strait the scene was similar. Not much breeze and parking lots everywhere.

    “We just resorted to a round of chocolate biscuits to console ourselves after downloading the latest GFC weather forecast,” Wild Rose navigator Jenifer Wells emailed this morning.

    “The high system is predicted to slow, adding an extra 25 hours to our ETA.Even the crew who were challenged by sea sickness in the big seas and 30 knot plus winds are not sure which conditions they prefer.”

    This is what the Hobart specializes in. Bashing you about the ears for hours on end and then boring you to death. It is the cruelest of races at times.

    The wind is expected to pick up around Tasmania today, pushing the mid-sized boats home at long last. The drifter has dissolved any chance Rambler had of winning on handicap, but a host of boats, of all sizes, remain in contention.

    The French Archambault 13 Teasing Machine is in the lead. She’s been up around the top of the ladder for 12 hours. Then there are a couple of TP52s, Ragamuffin 52 and Balance, Rush, a Farr 45, Imagination, a Beneteau 47 cruiser racer and the 60 foot grand prix yachts, Chinese Whisper and Ichi Ban – locked into a battle of their own since early in the race.

    What happens off Tasmania today will most likely decide the winner of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Almost certainly the victor will be tied up in Hobart well before sunset, because this evening the wind will die again, and stay comatose throughout tomorrow.

    Jim Gale, RSHYR media


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  • Tonapah Low
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    Comanche left George David's boat in the dust, I thought it would have been tighter.

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  • Photoboy
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    When Comanche crossed the finish line of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race at Castray Esplanade in Hobart, Tasmania, at 9:58:30 hours tonight, history was created, because Kristy Clark became the first female owner to take line honours in the blue water classic.

    Kristy, who raced aboard the yacht while co-owner husband Jim stayed ashore, was thrilled to take line honours in her first foray into the race. While the yacht represents the New York Yacht Club in the USA, Kristy is of course, Australian through-and-through.



    images ©carlo borlenghi /rolex

    Jim was on the water to greet the Ken Read skippered Verdier Yacht Design and VPLP yacht as it made its way up the Derwent River to the finish line.

    It is the first time, possibly with the exception of the early years, that a boat has retired, her crew sail 30 odd nautical miles back towards Sydney, before deciding to continue on racing and go on to win.

    And the locals loved it. As Comanche zigzagged close to shore, trying to find pressure on the River Derwent, at Blackman’s Bay lights were being flashed on and off from hundreds of houses and those in cars at Blackmans Bay Beach flashed their lights on and off, making an unforgettable impression against the last light of the day.

    But it was at the dock, where Comanche arrived, that one of the largest crowds in living memory had gathered. There was not a square inch to be had around the piers and wharfs surrounding Hobart where thousands cheered the American victory




    Comanche’s finish was impeded by the breeze which came and went at whim as the yacht rounded the Iron Pot. At one stage she was powering at 15 knots, then down to 8.5 knots. Her finish time of two days eight hours 58 minutes 30 seconds was outside the record of 1 day 18 hours 23 minutes 12 seconds set by Wild Oats XI in 2012.

    But it did not matter. The last American to take line honours in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s race was Larry Ellison’s Sayonara, 17 years ago in the fatal 1998 race, so Comanche’s efforts was quite some achievement, even if their quest of beating Wild Oats XI was not to be.

    However, the Oatley family and Wild Oats XI skipper, Mark Richards, were watching back home in Sydney and sent a congratulatory letter to Jim Clark.

    Comanche’s highlights to this moment include:

    First overall (Elapsed Time division). Voiles St Barts

    First overall elapsed, Storm Trysail Block Island Race

    Elapsed time record, Storm Trysail Block Island Race

    First overall handicap class and fleet, Storm Trysail Block Island Race

    First overall elapsed, Rolex Transatlantic Race

    24 Hour Monohull Distance Record, 618 miles

    First overall elapsed, Rolex Fastnet Race

    First overall (Elapsed Time Class), Rolex Maxi Worlds

    An updated release, including quotes from the owners and skipper Ken Read, will be sent following the presentation at Constitution Dock.

    Di Pearson, RSHYR media






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  • Runs_with_sissors
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    But if you stuff a turkey with duck and chicken you can ruin 3 dishes at once!

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  • Dr Phul
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    You can't put feathers on a dog and call it a duck

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  • Runs_with_sissors
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    http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/standings/

    Neck and neck for Rambler 88 and Comanche!

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  • Photoboy
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    Maserati Soldini: This night was pretty busy



    Day 2

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