Fleet Firms Before Sydney to Hobart

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Image: de.wikipedia.org

Open water yachting experts are saying the super maxis are not sure-things for this year’s prestigious overall honours in this year’s Sydney to Hobart.

While the battle will be on amongst the multi-million dollar, state-of the-art, ivy league super maxis for line honours, little yachts like Sean Langman’s Maluka are in with a real chance at winning on handicap.

Maluka is a gorgeous Huon pine 30-footer, the smallest in the fleet of 117. Love & War, an Oregon and maple wooden labour of love is not much larger, but has actually moved into favouritism against her larger rivals.

Langman, skipper of the 84 year-old Maluka is thrilled. His destiny is in his hands and those of the “weather gods.”

Love & War (a baby by comparison) is just hitting her straps at 41 years-old. She has previous wins in 1974, 1978, and 2006; and so cannot be discounted.

Curiously, it seems the weather is predicted to favour slower boats. Strong winds have been forecast to fill the sails of those at the tail end of the fleet, well after the super maxis have crossed settled in Hobart.

Other bolters to look out for are James Cameron’s 35foot Luna Sea, Ed Psaltis’ 40-foot Ariel, The 38 footer The Goat and the Wild Rose, coming in at 43 feet.

Size, age, sail area, and level of crew expertise all factor into the handicapping system applied to the race entrants.

It’s going to be a magic race!

Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

Comments are closed.