Rudeness with one side of the sail for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race • Live Sail Die

“We are already fed up”

“F ‘me”

“What do you want me to do with Smuggler ?!”

“Dude, calm down, we ruined the start”

“Shut up and let Yvette do her job”

“It was a fucking joke”


“Make it easier to listen to Jib Whizzaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“F me …”

URM, Sail number: AUS72, Owner: Anthony Johnston, Skipper: Marcus Ashley-Jones, Design: RP 72 Maxi © Rolex / Andrea Francolini

It was this great comment aboard URM, owned by Anthony Johnston and helmed by 18 ′ Skiff sailor Marcus Ashley-Jones, that kept me glued to the screen for the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2021 .

Okay … let’s get in there.

Scallywag took the lead with Black Jack, then Law Connect. Law Connect was way too high for the first turn mark and looked pretty average as they tried to capitalize on their way. Black Jack struggled with the furl and gave Law Connect time, while Scallywag just got ahead.

Early 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart.  Photo: Salty Goofy

Early 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Photo: Salty Goofy

“They just couldn’t wind up and ended up close to the spectator fleet,” said expert commentator Jimmy Spithill, referring to Mark Bradford and his Black Jack team.

With the excitement of the first three boats going over the last turn mark and start heading south over, we were sent back to the other turn marks to see the rest of the fleet. The shaky images (these guys haven’t heard of a stabilizer) gave the illusion of being on board and we watched the yachts drop the sails and then hoist themselves up again for change.

It was nice to hear the commentators shout at Stacey Jackson and Adrienne Callahan as two very experienced women of the fleet, who were racing aboard the Hoek TC78, Oroton Drumfire.

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Commercials on the live stream gave us a glimpse of Rolex watches and other luxury brands with a side of the McDonalds and Harvey Norman furniture offerings.

Meanwhile, back to feed and with the building to the south, we saw that Scallywag already had a reef in their main, as they settled in for a long night of bash, bash, bashing, Law Connect. was hot on their hip.

The weather models have the highs finishing in about 2 days / 4 hours, well outside the course record set in 2017 by LDV Comanche who completed the course in 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds, breaking the course record for 1 day Perpetual Loyal. , 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds, set to the previous year.

Early 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart.  Photo: Salty Goofy

Early 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Photo: Salty Goofy

The entrance to the Army Sailing Club, Gun Runner was the last boat to leave Sydney Heads. The smallest boat in the fleet at just 9.3m – this lot still has a long way to go. Well done to you Gun Runner!

“We must have seen a record for the entire fleet racing the port! It was amazing! Jimmy was excited – maybe too many Red Bulls?

Meanwhile, Scallywag dropped his jib – it looked like it had come loose from the deck and the crew were trying to figure out what to do. The jib was flapping just to leeward as the crew tried to let go before a decision could be made on what to do. Jeepers… It’s right out of Sydney Heads! While all of this was going on, Law Connect zoomed in.

“The conditions are very bumpy here and I think there will be more than a handful of crews guessing this second serving of Christmas lunch right now,” said Spithill, a world-renowned expert in the field. lunch and navigation.

And yes! Wendy Tuck and Campbell Geeves on Speedwell, a Beneteau 34.7, get a mention in the doubles fleet! Before the start, Wendy said “I hope we finish before the 31st [December], we have no alcohol on board!

Then we went back to Black Jack who also had a little reef in their big one. Bash bash bash. Yuck yuck yuck.

Then back to a commercial break where once again I was convinced that I had to take a small loan and get a Rolex watch, accompanied by a MaccyD’s while relaxing on my new Harvey Norman sofa dreaming of ‘a Riviera. I have to mention the people who help with sailing on TV!

Zen! It’s great to see this boat spending time in front of a screen while our companion Bex Hornell, a RigPro rigger here in Auckland is a crew member on board. Discover 22 questions with Bex here>

Meanwhile… Scallywag was still sorting out their shit.

Scallywag - problems.

Scallywag – problems.

Eora, the two-handed Class 40 with Rupert Henry and Greg O’Shea on board, has airtime with the commentator saying… “she’s an interesting looking boat”. Dude, this thing will fly under the right conditions!

Eighty-seven women are on board the boats of the whole fleet, which is impressive to see. The once male dominated race is now open to almost anyone and everything. It will be open to everyone when Multihulls are allowed to race!

And just as we got back to a commercial break, we saw Scallywag hit the road with a bright orange jib flying up front. Massive disappointment for David Witt and his team – they wanted to own this race. However, there is still a long way to go and anything is possible in a Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

When we got back inside we saw the crew on the foredeck of Scallywag trying to get things done with their headsail, then a panoramic view of the fleet and the separation just 45 minutes from the 628 nm path.

A few more glimpses of some of the long-distance runners who are now settling in for a long night. The commentators weren’t sure what to talk about, so they started mentioning the names of the boats and then talked about the autopilot on the two-handed boats, which they are allowed to use but are unable to win. in the general classification.

We got a sneaky glimpse of Love and War aiming for their fourth IRC victory – they have a long race ahead of them but the boat is built for those kinds of conditions. Love & War won the Tattersall Cup in 1974, 1978 and 2006.

Early 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart.  Photo: Salty Goofy

Early 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart. Photo: Salty Goofy

At the end of the live stream, the entire fleet was on starboard. Gray clouds began to grow further with the building to the south. Punch.

The 76th cover of Rolex Sydney Hobart then practically came to an end, with a brooding melody setting the dark, dreary tone of what awaits the fleet. Things are going to get punchy!

And that’s pretty much how things turned out via the livestream which was available through the official site. Law Connect led the fleet with Back Jack, then an already beaten Scallywag.

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