The 68th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Regatta is a great race. Although one ship, Wild Oats XI, has won all the important trophies in this game, it’s a bit unfair to just see this for the other 75 ships in the race.
The 68th Rolex Sydney to Hobart Regatta is a great race. Although one ship, Wild Oats XI, has won all the important trophies in this game, it’s a bit unfair to just see this for the other 75 ships in the race. In addition to Wild Oats XI’s second line-up championship, championship and new event record, there are memorable conditions in this game, as well as the smaller sailing boat in the wind in favor of the big ship. Perseverance.
Two key points in the pre-match weather forecast set the style of the game: the northeast wind that passed through the entire region on the first night, and the wind direction changed later the next day, gradually forming the Westerly winds and strong winds blew to the north and south of Tasmania, creating troublesome leeward zones on the sea off the island. The timing of these shifts in the forecast has benefited the Clippers, especially the 60-foot Black Jack and last year’s champion Loki. In the end, the time of the wind change made a ship smile with arrogance.
Brisk first day
The 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Regatta departed from Sydney Harbour at 13:00 Eastern Daylight Time on December 26, Australia. The start of the race has attracted unprecedented media and public attention. The sailboat hoisted a spinnaker, heading for Heads in the ideal southeast wind. Wild Oats XI was the first ship out of the Heads; the navigator Adrienne Cahalan, who participated in the 21st race, described how this monster’s speed reached more than 20 knots. After turning to the right, the wind started steadily approaching, but Wild Oats XI was able to sail steadily. Its rival Ragamuffin-Loyal has a hard time keeping up. Navigator Andrew Cape disclosed that the crew’s lack of knowledge of the powerful Maxi class ship eventually led to chaos, and the failure of the foremast device could not be repaired and hindered.
For smaller ships, the sea conditions in the first afternoon were a bit cruel. Wild Rose’s Jenifer Wells said: ‘We are in a difficult situation. All crew members are soaked in water.’ Wild Rose is one of the many ships entering the open ocean looking for a southerly wind that can give them an advantage, but in the end They were disappointed to find that the long sailing distance was not worth it at all. For the fleet, the best strategy is to stick to the constant line-the shortest distance between the starting and ending points. However, making choices is not easy. Bridabella’s pilot Brad Kellett reports: ‘We are fighting the legendary unruly nature.’
The fleets were very busy on the first night. The southeast wind turned to the east, weakened at midnight, and then gradually turned to the northeast. Finally, the wind reached about 25 knots the next morning, and the crew was busy changing sails. In the dark, Ragamuffin-Loyal approached the leader, but the north wind once again set Wild Oats XI apart. During Lahana’s struggles all night, we can learn that the breeze dropped to 4-5 knots, but started to grow around 3:00: ‘We feel like we are in the washing machine.’
Runner of the next day
Throughout the second day, the leading ships sailed southeast on the northeast at an average speed of over 20 knots. At the finish line, people made them smile when they told stories after the game. Andrew Cape stated the goals of most of the boats: ‘The faster you run now, the less chance you will encounter a southerly wind. This time is critical.’
At the same time, for those who do not enjoy handicap, such as Charlie’s Dream, Peter Lewis and the crew can sit down and grill a chicken for lunch with brie and chardonnay. ‘We are at the end of the fleet-we look forward to that. We are competing for comfort, not speed.’
That night, after a fierce and exciting day, Living Doll became the first of five retired vessels in the race, and they had to retire due to the rudder being damaged 90 nautical miles southeast of Gabo Island.
Legend of the third day
With everyone anxiously waiting, Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line in the morning on the third day. Wild Oats XI took 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes, and 12 seconds to advance the previously set record by another 16 minutes and 58 seconds. At first glance, this achievement seems impossible, but as the finish line approaches, miracles still happen. Owner Bob Oatley fell into ecstasy: ‘I’m crazy. We never give up, we will try again next year!’ Wild Oats XI entered the history of the race, it is the second ship to break its own race record, and 6 times The sailing ship that won the championship. Only Morna, the later Kurrewa IV, did better than it, winning seven qualifying titles and breaking his own record twice.
Ragamuffin-Loyal crossed the finish line with a second place finish after noon the next day. The 85-year-old captain Syd Fischer completed his 44th race. He congratulated Wild Oats XI and said without sentimentality. : ‘We’re having some trouble. We’re not familiar with boats, but I think we’ve done a good job.’
The audience waited a long time to see the next three ships: Lahana, Black Jack, and Loki. Although they all worked harder, according to the correction time, they did not defeat Wild Oats XI. Loki’s navigator Michael Bellingham said: ‘We sailed very smoothly in the Bass Strait. Before the southerly wind, we sailed fast, the weather was warm, and the journey was easy. We made the boat to the best level.
For a while, several 50-foot ships expected to reach the finish line in the early hours of December 29 could break Wild Oats XI’s monopoly on victory. Calm captain Jason Van der Slot is counting on the wind to turn southwest to bring them victory. However, unfortunately, in the end, Calm and other competitors were forced to stop in two areas close to the finish line, waiting for the wind to appear again. When the southwest wind in the final forecast came, the wind speed reached 30 knots, it rained heavily, and the view was extremely poor. Although not unexpected, the wind is still uncomfortable.
Dramatic on the fourth day
In such a race, two sailing ships from the most distant countries — KLC Bengal 7 from Yoshihiko Murase in Japan and Ambersail from Simonas Steponavicius in Lithuania — only finished a few minutes apart. They meet at Cape Raoul and then cross Storm Bay one by one to Derwent River. Ambersail crossed the line 6 minutes ahead. Steponavicius said: ‘This is an unmissable match. It was exactly the same as I thought it was, it was very interesting: yesterday we were sailing at a speed of 27 knots in a gale of 25 knots.
Shortly after the two international sailing boats reached the finish line in the afternoon, the organizers announced that Wild Oats XI became the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Championship. By this time, the situation was clear. According to the correction time calculation, the remaining boats on the track were no longer capable of defeating Wild Oats XI. Owner Mark Richards is so happy that the championship is still the ultimate result for him: ‘Only a few ships can compete for the qualifying championship, but the Tattersall Cup-the goal of all participating ships-is a great honor.’
Over time, the southern and northernmost vessels of the fleet reported wind speeds of more than 45 knots, and storms reduced visibility to less than 100 meters. Four more ships retired.
The story of the fifth day
By December 30th, the wind weakened and the participating ships began to enjoy the last part of the race. In a 24-hour period, nearly 40 ships crossed the finish line. Chutzpah, a ship that arrived in the morning, seemed to be stunned by the strong wind. Their advanced weather navigation system could have allowed them to sail downwind 70% of the time, but they only used about 20%. Our biggest mistake was to enter the Tasmanian coast and sail inside Maria Island. We were expecting to go out on the southwesterly wind. As a result, the southeast wind came. A spinnaker sailing through the Strait of Bath, with a wind speed of 42 knots, is a scene they will never forget.
Australian Paralympic sailor Liesl Tesch joined Sailors with DisABILITIES to show her love of the sport. She plans to board the ship again and return to Sydney within 48 hours. ‘Flying in 41 strong winds, sailing 25 winds down, a full moon above her head, and a rainbow rising to the moon’ will become part of her eternal memory. Competition veteran Tony Cable is participating for the 47th time. The 70-year-old veteran jumped out of Duende’s comments and received little attention: ‘This game is not the simplest, but it is not the most difficult.’ After 4 days of competition, the Beneteau First 40-level ship The fierce rivalry ended. Lunchtime Legend finished closely behind Two True, only one minute ahead of Wicked. The gap between Wicked and Brannew is only 7 seconds.
As the New Year approaches, towards the end of the 6th day, Maluka of Kermandie, the last ship, Sean Langman, arrives at the end. They happily anchored the ship in the port of Hobart and celebrated with their competitors the successful conclusion of the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Regatta.