I natt startar Sydney Hobart. Som vanligt handlar försnacket om 100-fotarna; Skallywag, Black Jack och Lawconnect (ex Speedboat/Rambler/Perpetual Loyal); Men utan Wild Oats, Comance eller Skorpios så känns det lite avslaget?
Nytt för i år är doublehandedklassen. Tufft race att köra på två i ien J/99 eller Sun Fast 3200… Mina pengar på Julian Hall & Jan Scholten i DISKO TROOPER.
|Akilaria RC2||SIDEWINDER||Rob Gough & John Saul||1.1300|
|Azuree 46||KAYIMAI||Michael Bell & Matthew Bell||1,115||1.2092||1.0854|
|First 34.7||SPEEDWELL||Cambell Geeves & Wendy Tuck||0.992||1.0738||0.9752|
|First 42||EUPHORIA II||Marc Stuart & Richard Combrink||0.999||1.0658||0.8250|
|BH36||LOCAL HERO||Mark Ayto & Anto Sweetapple||1,031||1.0918||0.9882|
|Elliott 1250 Tourer||JOKER ON TOURER||Grant Chipperfield & Peter Dowdney||1.0965||1.0050|
|J/99||DISKO TROOPER||Julian Hall & Jan Scholten||1,007||1.0531||1.0378|
|J/99||RUM REBELLION||Shane Connelly & Graeme Dunlop||1,012||1.0793||1.0336|
|Lombard Class 40||EORA||Rupert Henry & Greg O’Shea||1,229||1.2850|
|Northshore 38||INUKSHUK||Robert Large & Christopher Riggs||0.989||1.0519||0.9250|
|Radford 12.2||FLAT WHITE||Jen Linkova & Jason Cummings||1.2257||0.9850|
|S&S 34||CRUX||Carlos Aydos & Peter Grayson||0.925||0.9638||0.9000|
|Sigma 36||ROGUE WAVE||Kevin le Poidevin & Darryll Greig||0.933||1.0101||0.8850|
|Sun Fast 3200||HELLS BELLS||Lincoln Dews & Andrew Scott||1,003||1.0624||0.9454|
|Sun Fast 3300||HIP-NAUTIC||Jean-Pierre Ravanat & Drew Meincke||1,03||0.9907|
|Sun Fast 3600||MAVERICK||Rod Smallman & Leeton Hulley||1,034||1.1153||1.0134|
|Sydney 36||SALT SHAKER||Peter Franki & Drew Jones||1,018||1.0882||1.0339|
|X4.3||MIN RIVER||Jiang Lin & Jean Charles Ledun||1,056||1.1333||1.0325|
Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet at 91 following two withdrawals
The 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race fleet stands at 91 following the withdrawal today of Jim Cooney’s Volvo Open 70, Willow, and the Infiniti 46R, Maverick 49, owned by Quentin Stewart.
Cooney advised the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) that three of his crew had tested positive to COVID-19 and to be cautious, has withdrawn. His yacht, Willow, was to be amongst the front runners behind the 100-footers.
Stewart has not reported any COVID-19 cases but told the CYCA he was withdrawing because he did not want to take the risk.
Cooney said today: “We had three positive tests and still waiting on two tests.
“There is no feasible or responsible way we can continue. I do have crew on standby that are negative, so it’s not so much about now, but what it might be like in 48 hours. There is still potential for people to pass it on. The approach is to gracefully withdraw and not put people in jeopardy.
“As the owner and skipper there is a moral and legal responsibility if people are carrying the virus but not showing symptoms or testing positive yet.
“My son Douglas was looking forward to his first race last year, having turned 18 and has missed out again this year. He was very much looking forward to it after a successful line honours win in the TransPac Race with parents and brother in 2019.”
Cooney ended: “I wish the remainder of the fleet all the best for the race.”
The remaining 91 yachts, including 18 two-handed entries, are ready to take on the 628 nautical mile challenge that starts tomorrow, Boxing Day, at 1pm.