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ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE: Alfa Romeo takes line honours  29-Dec-2009
Neville Crichton’s New Zealand supermaxi Alfa Romeo has taken line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, crossing the finish line opposite Castray Esplanade on the Derwent River at 22:02:10hrs for an elapsed time of 2 days, 9 hours, 2 minutes and 10 seconds.

  
NSW Maritime: Hobart Start Went Well  27-Dec-2009
The traditional Boxing Day start in the harbour to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race went well, according to NSW Maritime. NSW Maritime General Manager Recreational Boating Brett Moore said the spectator fleet was around 1000 boats and below expectations.

  
Lead yachts sailing into lighter breeze as Alfa Romeo rains on Wild Oats XI’s parade  27-Dec-2009
As the front runners pass Montague Island they are sailing into a lighter southerly breeze and quite likely very soft winds in the top half of Bass Strait. At 6:30am Neville’s Crichton Alfa Romeo was just leading the fleet with ICAP Leopard beside her a further three miles out to sea and Wild Oats XI five miles astern.

  
Call for Extra Caution in Boats  27-Dec-2009
NSW Maritime has issued a call for extra care following the loss of two lives in two separate boating incidents over the past two days in the Murray Inland Region.

  
Alfa Romeo leads the way – Limit out of Rolex Sydney Hobart  27-Dec-2009
Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo is leading the hunt for line honours victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race early this morning, but it is a three-boat war on the race track, as only five nautical miles separate the New Zealand leader from ICAP Leopard, owned and skippered by Mike Slade from the UK and four-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards (NSW).

  
Solitary Islands Marine Park Leads Black Cod Study  23-Dec-2009
The vulnerable black cod will be the subject of an extensive survey led by the team at the Solitary Islands Marine Park next year. The study will survey areas in and around the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Cape Byron Marine Park and South West Rocks.

  
Shonan Maru No. 2 Attacks Sea Shepherd Ship with Water Cannons  23-Dec-2009
The Japanese harpoon vessel Shonan Maru No. 2 is engaging in some very bizarre activities. At 1300 Hours, the Japanese vessel moved in with water cannons blazing. As they came closer, they turned on their LRAD's and surprisingly they began to broadcast the following message over their loudspeaker: "Steve Irwin, cease your aggressive action. Stop your aggressive action. We have the authority to repel you."

  
Race for Tattersall’s Cup wide open  23-Dec-2009
Geoff Ross, the skipper of the Reichel/Pugh 55 Yendys and outright winner of the race in 1999 reckons that not even Nostradamus could predict the winner of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart. “This is the most competitive race I’ve sailed in 15 years of sailing to Hobart,” he says.

  
Santa delivers another sleigh ride to Hobart  23-Dec-2009
The 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart is shaping up as another uncharacteristically straightforward sleigh ride south for the big boats with the weekend’s forecast nor’easter putting Wild Oats XI on track to finish four hours ahead of its own race record, according to at least one forecast model.

  
Boaters warned to go easy on the drink  23-Dec-2009
With around 30% of all boating fatalities involving alcohol, Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay today reminded boat skippers to take care this festive season and stay under the limit.


 
 


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