This year’s Sydney to Hobart Race has attracted 50 enties already, with organisers expecting the total number to reach 100.
Commenting on the number of entries, CYCA Vice Commodore and Chairman of the Sailing Committee Garry Linacre said, ‘The number of applications for entry received at this time is truly encouraging – more than double the amount of entries that had been received at this time last year. We have seen strong international interest with eight yachts from the Netherlands, UK, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Russia and Germany currently applied for entry combined with new boats and some of the consistent Hobart campaigners.’
Last year’s line honours winner Wild Oats XI has applied to enter and will challenge for a record fourth successive line honours win. Skipper Mark Richards says that Wild Oats XI is undergoing special modifications aimed at making the 30 metre Reichel/Pugh designed maxi even faster. He believes Wild Oats XI could sail the 628 nautical mile race in under 24 hours if the weather conditions are right, thereby beating her own race record of 1 day 18 hours 40 minutes and 10 seconds set in 2005.
Western Australian based CYCA member Alan Brierty will be at the helm of his new Reichel/Pugh 62 Limit, currently being built by Mal Hart at Mornington, Victoria. The 62ft Limit is a carbon fibre, state-of-the-art grand prix racing yacht that is due for launch in late November. She has been designed and built specifically to compete in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and will be a strong contender for the Tattersall’s Cup, the trophy awarded to the overall winner on corrected time. Brierty and his chief helmsman/skipper Roger Hickman, who is also Yachting NSW President, will use the Rolex Trophy Rating Series to put the new Limit through her paces before the journey south.
Applications for entry for the 64th Rolex Sydney Hobart close 3 November 2008 at 1700hrs AEST.
Official race website: www.rolexsydneyhobart.com