The story of two hands in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race • Live Sail Die

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race kicks off today at 1:00 p.m. Sydney time on December 26, 2021, with the warning signal expected at 1250 hours.

Bruce Gould will have the honor of firing the cannon to signal the start after a gap year due to COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of the 2020 race. And this year there have been victims of covid even before the race. begins with Willow pulling the pin after three crew members test positive.

But let’s not let Covid take the limelight here.

Short-crew sailing is essentially a right of passage here in New Zealand. Everyone is in it, and almost every major sailor has a two-man race. It’s just the norm on this side of the ditch, and double-handed boats have as much chance of winning an overall race as full crews.

While we think it’s great that the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finally has a two-man split, it looks like the big leap forward was just a small step aside. 18 boats, with just two sailors on board, are scheduled to start the race at 1:00 p.m. Sydney time today, December 26, 2021. However, these sailors are in a separate race and are not eligible for the race. overall handicap. win, which means the Tattersall Cup will go to a fully crewed boat.

Some may say “they can use the auto bar so they shouldn’t be eligible” and others may say “they have to work harder than a fully equipped team and therefore should have a chance to win”.

If the Rolex Sydney Hobart were a Kiwi event, then the 18 doubles crews would have the chance to win. Hell, they would even sail around multihulls used to all long-haul races in the land of the long white cloud.

So what do you think?

Should two-man boats be eligible for the final victory? Or should they just be happy that they can run?


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Header Image: The 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will start on December 26, 2019. Last year’s event was canceled due to the pandemic. Credit – Kurt Arrigo / Rolex, via Associated Press

A selection of photos of Andrea Francolini from six of the 18 two-man teams of the 2021 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race


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