Offshore Yachting : Offshore Yachting Feb-Mar 2015
customs house corner 040 rolex/carloborlenghi Between 100 and 150 spectator boats escorted Wild Oats XI up the river, many greeting her as she rounded the Iron Pot for the final 11 nautical mile dash to the finish off Castray Esplanade in Hobart’s historic seafaring precinct of Battery Point. A strict exclusion zone was in force to give the first boat to finish an unimpeded path up the Derwent, but there were still a couple of ignorant boat owners who chose to disregard this safety rule. Hobart’s diligent water police ordered two boats out of the zone and one owner copped a $750 fine after back-chatting a police officer. The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s finish co-ordinator for the Sydney Hobart, ‘Biddy’ Badenach, estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 people were around the shores of Sullivan’s Cove to watch Wild Oats XI cross the finish line, marked by a resounding cannon fire from an historic field gun, and then the cheer for Mark Richards and his crew as they berthed outside Constitution Dock. Another warm greeting awaited the Americans aboard Comanche. Commentator Gordon Bray kept the crowd ashore, including those at the packed Taste of Tasmania, entertained with racey updates of the progress of the duel between Wild Oats XI and Comanche, with Robert Round, master of the Tasmania Police vessel Dauntless, phoning regular reports to ‘Biddy’ Badenach. In an innovative move, RYCT Liaison Centre volunteer Julie Martin, armed with a remote microphone, got in close to Mark Richards as he was being interviewed by the media enabling the public to also hear his comments over the loud speaker system around the docks. AwArds to robert ‘biddy’ bAdenAch And MArtin JAMes ‘Biddy’ reckons it was the biggest crowd at dockside since 2009 when “the Kiwis came out of the hills” to see Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo beat Wild Oats XI by just over two hours. ‘Biddy’ should know, he’s being doing this major volunteer task for the past 17 years, an effort recognised at the official prizegiving when he received the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Meritorious Award for his outstanding contribution to the race. The other recipient of this award was Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s past Commodore Martin James who contributed much to bringing Rolex onboard as race sponsor and also in upgrading race communications, HoME CoMING the crowds gather at constitution dock to welcome the fleets at the finish line, writes editor at large Peter CamPbell. rolex/carloborlenghi T he finish of the 70th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race could not have been better timed: A sunny summer Sunday afternoon in Hobart, a pleasant breeze on the River Derwent providing thousands of Tasmanians and visitors to the island state with a magnificent spectacle as Wild Oats XI powered up the river for a record eighth line honours victory. And as a bonus, the US super-maxi Comanche finished just under 50 minutes later.
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