Entries close for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
A fleet of between 80 and 90 yachts is expected to contest this year’s 72nd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with entries closing on Friday, 29 October. The fleet includes four yachts on the register of Tasmanian clubs.
The final fleet will not be announced until Monday, 31 October, but with a few days to the close of nominations the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia had received 87 entries.
The Tasmanian yachts are Alive (Derwent Sailing Squadron), Cromarty Magellan (Bayview Yacht Club), Helsal 3 (Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania) and Maluka Kermandie (Huon Yacht Club).
Alive, a Reichel/Pugh 66 which has been raced successfully this past year Queensland and in South-East Asia, is expected to be a strong prospect for an IRC victory in a heavy weather race.
The gaff-rigged Maluka of Kermandie will be one three Veteran yachts that could do well on corrected time, the others being three-times overall winner Love and War and Komatsu Azzura.
At the pointy end of the fleet are the super maxis Wild Oats XI, Perpetual LOYAL and Scallywag, the former Ragamuffin 100, now owned in Hong Kong.
Other internationals entered come from Great Britain, New Zealand, Mainland China, Sweden, the USA and Germany.
Last year’s winner of the Tattersalls Cup, the TP52 Balance has been entered again, along with six other state-of-the-art TP52s.
WORDS: Peter Campbell