Saturday 8 January 2011

The Wing Sail at the Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 - video

Zhik Moth Worlds 2011

Video Profiles of Sailors at the Zhik Moth Worlds 2011

Bora Gulari


Zhik Moth Worlds 2011

Videos from the Zhik Australian National Moth Championships 2011

Practice Race

Race 1

Start of Race 2

Zhik Moth Worlds 2011

Video of Moth with Wing

Zhik Moth Worlds 2011

Perth 2011 World Sailing Championships Preview

by Richard Palfreyman

The world’s top sailors have now been officially invited to take part in the Perth2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships to be sailed off Fremantle in December.

The International Sailing Federation, ISAF, and Perth 2011 today published the Notice of Race for the event which is expected to attract more than 1300 athletes from 80 nations competing across ten Olympic class events.

The Notice of Race states the key conditions for the championships, detailing the rules, regulations, entry and qualification guidelines, format, scoring, schedule, venue and courses.

Perth2011 Event Director John Longley said today that elite international sailors were coming to Perth with their eyes focussed on winning a place to compete in next year’s London Olympic Games.

As well as hosting the battle for World Championship glory, Perth 2011 is the principal qualification regatta to decide 75% of the national places for the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“The sailing world will be focussed on Perth this December,” Mr Longley said. “With the support of the Federal and State Governments and our many sponsors, we will put Perth, Western Australia and Australia in the international spotlight. Overseas sailors are relishing the thought of competing in the ideal conditions off Fremantle.”

For the first time in 2012, sailing will introduce women’s match racing at the Olympic Games and the discipline will join the nine fleet racing events to contest their world championship in Perth.

All fleet racing events in this year’s Worlds will sail an opening series before the top ten in each event contest a double-points Medal Race to decide the final positions. The Medal Races have a target time of approximately 30 minutes and will take place close to the shore to allow spectators to get close to the action.

The action will be covered by the Perth 2011 media team and broadcast live by Sunset+Vine/APP which was appointed host broadcaster by ISAF in July 2010.

The Notice of Race can be viewed at or on the Perth2011 website at

The qualification system can be viewed online or downloaded from[8271].pdf

Video preview for Perth 2011

Perth 2011

America's Cup: Video of AC45 Third Stage of Production

from Warkworth, New Zealand:

America's Cup

Friday 7 January 2011

Glenn Ashby Crowned Australian A-Cat National Champion 2011

Glenn Ashby: A-Cat Australian Champion 2011. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

by SailRaceWin

On the final day of the Australian A-Cat National Championships at Lake Cootharaba, Queensland, three races were due to be held, but it was not to be. The forecast was for breezy conditions, but the day, in flooded Queensland, started wet, wet, wet, but without any wind. However, by race start time it was a case of "challenging conditions... Lots of Queensland rain and at times lots of wind," as Corlijn Brouwer reported.

Darren Bundock, out on the water competing, commented that although Race 7 got away on time (10am), there were big shifts in the rain squalls and it rained so hard that he couldn't see where he was going! By the end of the race, it was the familiar fivesome at the front; Ashby won, followed by Brewin, Bundock, Barker (NZL) and Landenberger.

Will Howden (GBR) sailing a dna hull. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

Conditions seemed to clear for the start of the next race, but it wasn't long before Race 8 was abandoned at the top mark due to a massive wind shift. Thw race committee tried hard to get another race in, but the wind was constantly shifting with the rain squalls, and got up very strongly, leading to the cancellation of all remaining races. However, this did not stop Darren Bundock doing a full flip cartwheel on the way in to entertain spectators on the beach!

The top five overall were Glenn Ashby, Steve Brewin, Darren Bundock, Andrew Landenberger and Emirates Team New Zealand's Dean Barker. Of other notable Kiwi/America's Cup/Extreme 40/Tornado sailors, Will Howden (GBR) was 7th, Noel Drennan 29th, Philippe Presti (FRA) 33rd, Stu Bettany (NZL) 37th, and Mitch Booth, who only sailed on day one, 64th overall.

Steve Brewin - second overall. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

Very many thanks to Carolijn Brouwer and Darren Bundock for the information. See for the great Formula16 Viper and Formula18 C2 cats!

Race 7 (top 10)
1 G Ashby 1.0
2 S Brewin 2.0
3 D Bundock 3.0
4 D Barker 4.0
5 A Landenberger 5.0
6 G Parker 6.0
7 W Howden 7.0
8 B Collett 8.0
9 W Mercer 9.0
10 S Anderson 10.0

Overall (top 10 places)
Rank - Name - Overall Points - Points for each race [with discard]
1 G Ashby 6.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 [8.0] 1.0
2 S Brewin 16.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 [74.0B] 2.0
3 D Bundock 20.0 3.0 5.0 3.0 [5.0] 4.0 2.0 3.0
4 A Landenberger 21.0 5.0 2.0 [16.0] 4.0 5.0 1.0 4.0
5 D Barker 22.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 4.0 [6.0]
6 S Anderson 39.0 10.0 3.0 6.0 7.0 [10.0] 5.0 8.0
7 W Howden 39.0 7.0 8.0 5.0 [9.0] 6.0 6.0 7.0
8 B Collett 41.0 8.0 10.0 [20.0] 6.0 9.0 3.0 5.0
9 G Parker 52.0 6.0 [25.0] 9.0 12.0 7.0 7.0 11.0
10 W Mercer 64.0 9.0 [23.0] 12.0 11.0 12.0 11.0 9.0

Other significant results
29 N Drennan 175.0 28.0 32.0 23.0 [41.0] 35.0 34.0 23.0
33 P Presti (FRA) 202.0 21.0 39.0 42.0 31.0 33.0 36.0 [52.0]
37 S Bettany (NZL) 212.0 37.0 35.0 25.0 [74.0F] 42.0 38.0 35.0
64 M Booth 340.0 74.0C 74.0C 74.0C 74.0C [74.0C] 25.0 19.0

Australian A-Cat Nationals 2011

Kiwis sail C-Tech to lead SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion

C-Tech from New Zealand gets some pace on to win Race 2. Image copyright Rob Duxbury.

by Di Pearson

Chris Reid and Ben de Fluiter sailed C-Tech Ltd to a solid second and a win to take the lead of the Slam 2011 12ft Skiff Interdominion on upper Sydney Harbour this afternoon, but the New Zealanders know they have a big job ahead of them if they are to maintain and take out the annual Australia versus New Zealand Championship.

But it was the defending champions, Nick Press/Brad Yabsley on Dimension Polyant (AUS), who won the opening race convincingly after jumping out right on the gun at the pin end of the line.

The race committee set up two short races starting from 2.30pm on the north-easterly course, which the leaders completed in just over 45 minutes.

Press and Yabsley showed great speed in the puffy medium breezes, especially on the downwind legs. They were fairly untroubled until the final work, when C-Tech caught them up on a shift and chased them round the mark and home downwind towards the finish.

While Dimension Polyant was well set up to cross the line, C-Tech’s crew felt they wouldn’t make it, and stalled while gybing the kite, hardly holding their boat upright, allowing Press/Yablsley the win. “It was all on,” said C-Tech’s skipper Chris Reid.

“I was surprised the fleet let us go,” said Yabsley, who was further surprised when he and Press port-tacked the fleet after sailing left off the line. “We had plenty between us and the next boats,” he said.

According to the Lane Cove sailor, it wasn’t as simple as it looked. “Every time we got to the top mark, we’d almost be becalmed, but we’d take off again downwind. Alex Vaillings on Nuplex (NZL) gave us a bit of a hard time too.

Press said the two were “pretty happy,” with their performance, but had to concentrate on getting the small things right.

Behind the top two, positions changed up until the second half of the race, when the top 10 got away from the rest of the 34-boat fleet and then the rest split into a further two distinct groups.

Dimension Polyant crossing the finishing line to win Race 1. Image copyright Rob Duxbury.

In Race 2, the lead changed a few times between three boats, but C-Tech stayed solid to score the bullet from a second New Zealand entry, Alex Vaillings/Cameron McDonald (Nuplex), with Dimension Polyant third, giving C-Tech (Reid/de Fluiter the overall lead, while Dimension Polyant is second overall.

“It was a difficult race, we had Nick Press off our hip and Murray Press (Gemmell Sails) too,” Reid said. “We just kept chipping away until we got the lead. There was lots of puff at the top mark and our main was inside out a couple of times, it was pressure sailing.

“There were times I thought we’d be better off with our second rig, but then we would’ve been murdered in the lulls. It was great to start the regatta with two good results,” said Reid, who confided he was staying with Nick Press: “I’d better be careful, there could be a bit of a chat on tonight,” he laughed.

The nor’east gusts wreaked havoc on the fleet; Tim Bartlett’s Frankenskiff had a rig altercation with another boat and damaged her carbon rigging, forcing Bartlett to miss Race 2. The record six-time Interdominion veteran champion from New Zealand will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat to overcome this setback.

In a second Kiwi incident, W2’s crew, Sam Trethewey, limped ashore with a suspected sprained ankle, but vowed: “It will get better tonight and I’ll be back on the boat tomorrow.”

Elsewhere on the course, several were caught out in gusts and were seen “lying down” on the job down the runs, the most spectacular capsize came from Nick Bernard/Robbie Polec (AUS) who buried Hey Charger off Cockatoo Island, making them the first crew in contention for the Miner’s trophy. There were a few retirements too.

The SLAM 12ft skiff Interdominion opening day was enjoyed up close and personal by spectators too. Clarke’s Point at Hunters Hill was the perfect vantage point for the large crowd that gathered. They weren’t disappointed by the action either.

Hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club, with the cooperation of Hunters Hill Sailing Club, Race 3 of the 10 race 51st Interdominion will be held tomorrow, starting from 2.30pm, weather dependent.

SLAM 12ft skiffs

OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship underway with close racing throughout the fleets

420 sailors Elloise Brake and Jaime Ryan racing in Sydney. Image copyright Andrew Gough.

by Craig Heydon

Day one of racing at the 2011 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championships finished with all classes completing two races on Sydney’s Botany Bay.

More than 160 crews hit the water for the first of four days of racing at Georges River 16ft Sailing Club with close racing throughout all of the fleets.

Racing got underway in moderate conditions up to 12 knots with a number of rain squalls coming across the race course, constantly shifting the breeze and making life difficult for competitors and race committees alike.

Queenslanders Elloise Brake and Jaime Ryan are joint leaders in the 420 class with West Australians Carrie Smith and Ella Clark with the crews swapping seconds and thirds in the opening two races.

Angus Galloway and Alex Gough are the leading male crew and are third overall, just two points off the lead following an opening race win and a sixth.

International sailors are leading the way in the Laser Radial class with Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan and Russia filling the top four places.

Great Britain’s Lorenzo Chiavarini is currently first overall following his second and sixth and is one point ahead of New Zealand’s Jack Collinson and Japan’s Manami Doi with Russian Maxim Nikolaev fourth.

Chris Anderson is the leading Australian male in fifth overall while Ella Evans is the leading female in ninth.

In the Laser 4.7 class there is a three way tie for the lead with Victorian sailor Thomas Trotman, Japan’s Hitomi Murayama and Queenslander Madison Kennedy all on seven points.

The three sailors showed that consistency was the key in the shifty conditions as they are in the lead despite not one of them winning a race on day one.

Japan’s Yuichiro Kitamura was victorious in race one while Benjamin Walkemeyer took out race two after being black flagged in the first race of the regatta.

In the Hobie 16 class 2010 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship Gold medalist Paul Darmanin is adjusting well to life as a skipper, winning the opening two races of the regatta with crew Aleks Vucic.

“I’m really happy to get the ball rolling and get the regatta off to a good start,” said Darmanin. “It was pretty light and shifty and there was a lot of waiting around while the wind sorted itself out but it was good to get two races in.”

“It’s good to start steering the boat, there’s certainly a lot more to do and I’m enjoying being able to move my skills from other classes into the Hobies,” he said.

The pair has a two point lead over fellow Palm Beach Sailing Club members Lucas Price and Ryan Wilmot with Ella Sagnol and Heidi Vandermeer third.

New Caledonian sailor Antoine Aubert is leading the Techno 293 class following a first and a second, ending the day one point ahead of New South Welshman Sam Trehane and West Australian Alex Stephens.

Josh Franklin and Lewis Brake are first in the 29er class, three points clear of James Sly and Thomas Dwyer with the mixed crew of Tess Lloyd and Andrew Gillies third. Philippa and Eliza Solly are the leading female crew in eighth overall.

All fleets will complete three races on Saturday, with the Laser Radial fleet to feature the live tracking. Visit for the live tracking and live event blog.

'About Time' & 'The Real Thing' take out the 30th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Series

'About Time' wins the 30th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore Series for the second time in three years. Image copyright Damian Devine.

by Damian Devine

With the series now complete, the 30th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore Series is over for another year with Julian Farren-Price's Cookson 12 'About Time' rom the CYCA, the boat built for Coffs Harbour, has emulated what he achieved in 2009, picking up the double winning both the coveted IRC 226nm Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race and overall series crowns for the second time in three years.

With three wins and a second in the four race series, Farren-Price ended won the title comfortably with a scorecard showing 4.5 points from John Bacon's Sydney 39CR 'Hussy' on 9 points with Bob Steel's TP52 'Quest' in a close third on 9.5 points, after a well fought series battle over the past five days of racing.

Leading into today's final race, 'About Time', led by 2.5 points over 'Hussy' and a four point lead over 'Quest' but his win today in the 19.2nm South Solitary Island Race cemented his win for the series. Farren- Price also finished third in the series event last year proving 'About Time' has been the most consistent boat in recent years.

With a near perfect scorecard it was a sweet victory for Farren- Price who was elated with his second double crown."It's a dream come true to do this again particularly in the 30th year and also to win this with the same guys who did it with me last time and have been sailing with me for years, is a great feeling."

"Everyone, as a team, has gelled very well and we know the boat very well. There is benefits for owning a boat for a long time because you get to know its intricacies and how to handle it, after 10 years!. We’re absolutely delighted."

The boats built for Coffs Harbour seemingly, Farren-Price said,"Well you know I think the boat might know its own way here, it talks to us, whispers to us about what we should be doing. The conditions were certainly very good for us with lots of downwind reaching which is what we like, it's a Bruce Farr designed boat so it likes those conditions and we're very happy. We were beating Farr 40s all the time and that just shouldn't happen so the boat was going very fast. It was pleasing to see."

Will he back next year to defend the crown, "Well, I'll have to speak to my wife about that," he laughs. "I've been put on notice but I've got a year to twist her arm."

As for the Pittwater to Coffs Race and Series crown trophies he receives, Farren-Pirce stole a line from one of Australia's favourite movies, "they're going straight to the pool room."

Bob Steel’s ’Quest’ were a gallant third in the series overall and provided some spectacular sailing. Image copyright Damian Devine.

Bob Steel 'Quest, who finished third overall said, "We've had a lot of fun in Coffs Harbour and really enjoyed the series, the racing has been good."

Going into today's final race, Garry Holder's ID35 'The Real Thing' was sitting in second place in the overall PHS series, a half point behind John McConaghy's Custom 47 'Second Time Around' and a point ahead of last year's series winner Rob Alder's J35 'Jayhawk', in an extremely close battle. It was clear and simple, whoever won today's race out of the trio would determine the PHS winner.

With the two 35 footers 'The Real Thing' and Rob Alder's J35 'Jayhawk', getting off to flyers it was game on.'Second Time Around' was hot on their heels. In the end whilst they didn't win, 'The Real Thing', ended up finishing only two minutes behind 'Second Time Around' on elapsed time but with their handicap adjustment ended up in front to take second place by just over a minute from 'Second Time Around' in third with 'Jayhawk' a further minute back on corected time in fourth. Russell Waddy's Beneteau 47.7 'Kioni' won today's race on handicap to take his first win for the series.

Garry Holder’s ID35 ’The Real Thing’ picked up his first PHS series win. Image copyright Damian Devine.

So with the points calculator out, the results threw up 'The Real Thing' taking the title by a mere half point on 7.5 from 'Second Time Around' in second on 8 points and 'Jayhawk' in third on 10.5 points.

Owner/ Skipper Garry Holder, who took the 35 footer out of the water by crane after the race and straight onto a trailer to drive home down the Pacific Highway rather than sail, commented after today's racing, "This is really good, this is my first series win and I'm really pleased. It all came down to today's race and we knew it would be a real challenge particularly in the murky conditions. It was an interesting race and we just kept the pressure on."

"We've had a good competition with "Macca" and 'Second Time Around' and 'Jayhawk' over the series , it's been really close, so it feels good. We were pretty surprised we kept up with everyone particularly the 40 footers, so given our size we are very happy. I must give thanks to my RPAYC crew of Allen Stormon, Rear Commodore Yacht Racing at the Alfreds', our navigator Frank Walker, Ron Palmer who has been sailing with me for years, Tim Byford our bowman, my daughter Leslie, Steve Roberts and Steve Howe. They were all great plus I had a lot of support from my wife Debbie.

John Bacon’s ’Hussy’ finished second in IRC in the Pittwater & Coffs Offshore Series. Image copyright Damian Devine.

With consistent results across the four races with a 2-3-1-3 finish, Holder concluded with, " Its just goes to prove you've got to be consistent to win this series.

So with the 30th series now over and the prize giving at the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club tonight, everyone is looking forward to next year. Russell Murphy, Commodore of The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club had the final word summing up his thoughts on the 30th Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Offshore series this way, "It's been a great series, we have had all types of conditions, the competitors and their families have all had a good time and we’ve had excellent racing. We look forward to next year to come back to Coffs to continue the tradition of this fabulous event."

“My thanks to the the Coffs Harbour Yacht Club, the Coffs Harbour Marina, the army of volunteers involved and everone who has made this a great event."

Pittwater to Coffs Race

Follow the action from the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship live online

by Craig Heydon

Racing gets underway this morning at the 2011 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship with more than 160 crews from nine countries set to race on Sydney’s Botany Bay.

Those who can’t get to Georges River 16 Foot Sailing Club to see the action in person can keep up to date on their computers at home or in the office.

After being used successfully at the recent Sail Down Under Series, Yachting Australia is providing live tracking and a live event blog for the 2011 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship.

On day one of racing the Laser 4.7 class will feature on the tracking with two races scheduled from 11am. The tracking can be accessed through a link on the event website,

The live tracking will be rotated throughout the classes and courses over the four days of racing.

The event website will also host a live event blog, which will include updates from the racecourse and where possible live mark roundings.

Racing at the 2011 OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship will take place in six classes including boys and girls Laser Radials, Laser 4.7, and windsurfers aboard the Techno 293.

There will also be racing for boys in the Laser Standard, open in the Multihull, aboard the Hobie 16, and boys, girls and open in the 420 and 29er classes.

For more information on the OAMPS Insurance Brokers Australian Youth Championship visit

Zhik Moth Australian Championships: Outteridge Dominates on Final Day

Nathan Outteridge: Zhik Australian Moth Champion 2011. Image copyright Th. Martinez/Sea&Co.

by Pat Langley

On the final day of the Zhik Moth Australian Championship, Australian Nathan Outteridge sent a strong message to his rivals for the forthcoming Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds - improve or expect more of the same.

Nathan won all three races of the day to finish the regatta on 5 points overall with his drop race of 8th place in race one denying him a clean sweep.

Conditions improved on the final day generating full foiling conditions of 8-12 knots from the east south east that allowed the leaders to complete each race in less than 25 minutes. The racing was much closer on day two, with many of the internationals starting to get back into form. Most notable was Brad Funk (USA) who improved today posting solid results of 6, 5 and 4 after a "difficult" day one.

In race one of the day, the öeft hand side of the race track was heavily favoured and resulted in most competitors approaching the top mark on the port tack layline. Nathan Outteridge dominated from the start to win from Pete Burling (NZL) and local Scott Beeby (AUS) in 3rd. ISAF Sail of the Year, Tom Slingsby (AUS), broke his forestay before the start of race one of the day, however, he was able to repair it in time for race two.

Race two took three attempts to get a clean start which eventually saw PRO Peter Moor pull out the black flag to show that he meant business. In the next attempt to start, Rob Gough (AUS) was singled out and disqualified for being over the line early, as was Tom Slingsby. Rob Gough went on to win the race, but the silence from the committee boat alerted Rob to his disqualification. This left Nathan Outteridge as the winner of this race, with Scott Babbage (AUS) in 2nd and the consistent John Harris (AUS) in 3rd place.

The final race of the series was an extravaganza for the locally based "Moth Squad" with all team members taking out the top three places in this race. Nathan Outteridge closed out the regatta with a tight win from Joe Turner (AUS) and Tom Slingsby in 3rd.

The "Moth Squad" is a group of Lake Macquarie based sailors led by Joe Turner who spend all their time training and learning new moves and tricks on their foiling Moths.

Scott Babbage celebrated his 2nd place overall by performing a spectacular crash on the finish line of the last race, which received rousing applause from spectators.

Joe Turner's 2nd place in race 6 was enough to see him claim third place overall and prove that he is the real deal for the 2011 Zhik Moth World Championships.

New Zealander 49er champion, Peter Burling had a great series, and showed that he will be a threat at the Zhik Worlds, to take 4th place overall and 2008 Moth World Champion John Harris sailed consistently well throughout to round out the top 5 overall.

With the 2011 Australian Moth Championships now completed, all eyes will focus on race one of the 2011 Zhik Moth World Championships which start tomorrow, 8th January, at 1300 ADST. Can the internationals bounce back? It is surely going to be an exciting regatta.

Results and images from the final day's racing for the Zhik Australian Moth Championships 2011 may be viewed on SailRaceWin.

Zhik Moth Australian Championships 2011

RSHYR: Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Images

Fireworks to celebrate the New Year in Hobart. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.


Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race trophies and Rolex Yacht-Master timepieces for Overall Handicap winner and Line Honours winner. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Overall handicap winner, SECRET MEN'S BUSINESS 3.5 crew with Patrick Boutellier, Rolex Australia. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Prizegiving for overall winner: Secret Men's Business 3.5. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Handicap Winner: SECRET MEN'S BUSINESS 3.5. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Arrivals into Hobart

Krakatoa II off Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Tevake II off Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

IRC - 2 and ORCI - 2 Division Winner VICTOIRE, off Tasman Island. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

CHUTZPAH near the Organ Pipes. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Whale off Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Line honours: WILD OATS XI

Line honours prizegiving ceremony. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Arrival of Wild Oats XI at Constitution Dock. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

WILD OATS XI at the Iron Pot, entrance to the Derwent River. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

WILD OATS XI rounds Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

WILD OATS XI approaching Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Arrival of Wild Oats XI. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Boats approaching Tasman island

Nicholas Bartels' TERRA FIRMA. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Ragamuffin rounds southern point of Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

A chance meeting for JAZZ and LIVING DOLL. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Goeff Boettcher's SECRET MEN's BUSINESS 3.5. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

LIMIT and LOKI meet near the Organ Pipes. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

LOKI approaches the Organ Pipes. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Alan Brierty's LIMIT. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

INVESTEC LOYAL catches the sunset off Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

INVESTEC LOYAL approaching Tasman island. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Bass Strait

JAZZ - Chris Bull. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

JAZZ - Chris Bull. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

LIMIT - Alan Brierty. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

LIMIT - Alan Brierty. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

LOKI - Stephen Ainsworth. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

RAN - Niklas Zennstrom. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

ICHI BAN - Matt Allen. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

ICHI BAN - Matt Allen. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

INVESTEC LOYAL - Sean Langman. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

WILD THING - Grant Wharington. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

RAN - Niklas Zennstrom. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Waves in the sky en route to Hobart. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Start - 26th December 2010

LOKI, Stephen Ainsworth. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

WILD OATS XI, Bob Oatley. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

RAN - Niklas Zennstrom. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

RAN - Niklas Zennstrom. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Start. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

WILD OATS XI and INVESTEC LOYAL. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Fleet heading south. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Colour on Sydney Harbour. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, 26th December 2010. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

WILD OATS XI and INVESTEC LOYAL. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

People in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Santa visiting DAWN STAR USA crew. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Will Oxley, navigator of RODD & GUNN WEDGETAIL, and also the navigator for Camper's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Ludde Ingvall, owner of YUUZOO. Image copyright Rolex/Daniel Forster.

Niklas Zennstrom, owner of RAN. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Mark Richards, skipper of WILD OATS XI. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Iain Murray and Ian "Fresh" Burns, co-crew members on WILD OATS XI. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race