Ocean Magazine : 4 November December 2005
ocean | 111 SYDNEY 38OD INTERNATIONS CUP Hamilton Island, Sydney Yachts and the Sydney 38OD Association have announced the first international event for the Sydney 38OD Class, the Inter Nations Cup, 2006. Sponsored by Hamilton Island, the first series will be hosted by Sydney's Middle Harbour Yacht Club from March 9-13, 2006. The following year it will be contested on the sponsor's home waters at Hamilton Island, in the Whitsunday's. Sailors from the USA, Europe and Asia have already expressed interest in competing. Maxis for Rolex Sydney to Hobart What a dream scene it would be -- three, and possibly five, 100-footers lining up for the start of this year's Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Even if there are only three, it will still be a sensational race for being first to Hobart. The certain starters on the horizon right now are the near sisterships Alfa Romeo (Neville Crichton) and Wild Oats (Bob Oatley), plus Stewart Thwaites' kiwi big boat, Konica Minolta. Unfortunately it's becoming increasingly unlikely that the exciting new kiwi yacht Maximus, co-owned by Charles St. Clair-Brown and Bill Buckley, will make the start, especially after dropping its wing mast during the maxi world championships in Sardinia a few weeks ago (I hear there was a problem with the runners and that's why the rig came down). Regardless, even if she is re-rigged in time and ready to go, the owners are struggling to justify the expense of coming to Australia for just one race. The fifth possibility is Grant Wharington's resurrected Skandia, the yacht that made headlines in the last Hobart when it lost its canting keel and capsized soon after the crew stepped into liferafts. This yacht's participation will probably depend on what happens to Wharington's under-funded Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Alfa Romeo is currently undergoing surgery in Sydney after finishing third at the Hahn Premium Race Week at Hamilton Island. The twin rudders are out of the boat and the canting keel is receiving some attention. Meanwhile the builders at McConaghy's are working frantically to have Wild Oats, which will be a slight development of the Alfa Romeo concept, into the water by the end of November. The fight between these two monsters over the 628nm to Hobart could be the greatest line honours battle of all time.
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