Please select your home edition
Edition
Crewsaver ErgoFit 50N

HIGHS AND LOWS FOR OVERSEAS YACHTS HEADING FOR TELSTRA SYDNEY TO HOBART

by Peter Campbell on 1 Dec 2000
Overseas yachts entered for the 2000 Telstra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race are
experiencing extreme variations in weather conditions as they head for
Sydney, with Assa Abloy struggling in light winds off the coast of
Queensland on her voyage from Hong Kong and the German yacht illbruck making
high speeds far south in the Tasman Sea.

The yachts are two of the five Volvo Ocean 60s entered for the Sydney to
Hobart, the other three coming by ship - or already here.

Assa Abloy, the former Whitbread 60 Chessie Racing which has recently been
racing as Beau Geste in Hong Kong, has run into a tropical cyclone and, in
the past two weeks, little wind on her voyage south from Hong Kong.

Skippered by American Mark Rudiger, Assa Abloy had originally been due in
Sydney on 24 November; her ETA is now 8 December.

'This will leave a very tight schedule for the crew as the hull has to
undergo a full refurbishment and repaint and a new Australian-made carbon
fibre mast has to be stepped, and the rig tuned and new sails tested,' team
shore manager Joe de Kock said today.

'We will miss the lead-up races but we are confident that she will be ready
for the Telstra Sydney to Hobart.'

As Assa Abloy struggles south, an email from John Kostecki, skipper of
illbruck Challenge reports 'another high speed day of downwind sailing...in
the Tasman Sea' as the yacht heads towards Auckland on a training voyage
from Fremantle.

'Our overall average speed for the entire trip so far has been 14 knots.
This is faster than any Whitbread/Volvo Race legs in the last race. It has
been a fast trip,' he reports.

Kostecki said the position of illbruck today was 380 nautical miles from
Cape Reinga, the most northerly point of New Zealand and 180 miles from
Auckland, which they expect to reach over the weekend.

After a week in Auckland, the German yacht will sail back across the Tasman
to Sydney for the Telstra Sydney to Hobart Race.

Of the other Volvo Ocean 60s, the Bermudan entry Tyco has arrived in Sydney
from the USA, Nokia is due early next week Denmark, while News Corporation
will sail across the Tasman from Auckland early next month.

The Swedish 80-footer Nicorette (ex Skandia) arrived by ship last weekend
and, after being re-painted and fitted with her racing keel, will be
launched under her new sponsorship livery on Sydney Harbour tomorrow.

Already in Sydney are two British entries, Sunstone and Aera, and the
Italian Navy training yacht, Orsa Maggiore.

Related Articles

Nicolai completes line-up for Midsummer Match Cup
With a strong team of Olympic Gold medallists Danish skipper Nicolai Sehested, Ocean Race sailor and World Match Racing Tour competitor, will be entering the Midsummer Match Cup next week with a strong team of Olympic Gold medallists.
Posted today at 2:05 pm
RC Lasers at Fleetwood
Superb entry of 22 helms for National and Northern District TT event On Sunday a superb turnout of 22 boats turned out at Fleetwood Model Boat Club for the second part of the 2 event weekend RC Laser Travelers Trophy series. Boosted by a large turnout of home club boats.
Posted today at 1:42 pm
Marchand wins La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro Stage 3
As attention turns to the overall rankings A final surge from Anthony Marchand early this morning has seen the skipper of Groupe Royer-Populaire Secours claim victory in Stage 3 of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro after taking the lead with just 47 miles to go on the 400-nautical mile leg.
Posted today at 12:20 pm
International Canoe Week at Plymouth overall
Alistair Warren crowned National Champion from newcomer Glen Truswell Day 5 of Canoe Week would form the second day of the nationals and would eliminate several boats from the running at the front of the fleet with a South-Westerly wind blowing up to 27 knots.
Posted today at 12:07 pm
SailGP strengthens commitment to sustainability
Joining UN Climate Change Sports for climate action Since its inception in October 2018, SailGP has developed and been implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy aimed at accelerating sailing toward a future that bodes well for both the sport and the environment.
Posted today at 10:40 am
Firefly Southwestern Championship at Restronguet
They say the best things come to those who wait... They say the best things come to those who wait - that probably isn't the case for this extremely belated Firefly South Westerns report but you should read on just in case!
Posted today at 10:23 am
National 12 Gul Series Round 3 at Shoreham
Sunshine, a stiff breeze and scattered white horses The third event in the National 12 Gul Series took place at Shoreham Sailing Club over 15-16 June 2019. The fleet was greeted on arrival at the club by sunshine, a stiff breeze and scattered white horses, promising to be a cracking day's sailing.
Posted today at 9:58 am
Save 10% on Ocean Elements Beach Club Holidays
Offer Ends June 20th 10% Exclusive saving ends June 20th. Don't delay book today and take advantage of this fantastic offer.
Posted today at 9:30 am
Larks at Banbury
Returning to the club for the first time since 2010 The Larks returned to Banbury Sailing Club on 16 June for the first Lark Open held there since 2010. A strong and competitive local fleet gave the experienced open circuit visitors a run for their money in a day of tightly contested racing.
Posted today at 9:13 am
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 13
A chuffing windy event at Parkstone Yes, we have no bananas. Chuffing windy event at Parkstone YC resulting in multiple capsizes, multiple damage and multiple bananas floating around the course.
Posted today at 8:57 am