Offshore Yachting : February March 2009
“That’s rubbish. She (Wild Oats XI) was just slow. They were using water ballast and that caused her to be stern heavy.” – Skandia skipper Grant Wharington rejects Wild Oats XI’s claims that debris was snagged on their rudder. Gybe Talkin’ Some quotable quotes from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008. “There was a large bang…We realised very, very quickly that she was going to go down.” – Georgia co-skipper, Graeme Ainley, relives the chilling moment the yacht’s rudder snapped off. “We told them we were 35 minutes away but they were concerned that 35 minutes might be too long.” – Telcoinabox Merit skipper Leo Rodriguez recalls his radio conversation with the sinking Georgia. The crew was waist deep in water when Merit arrived on the scene. Georgia sank 10 minutes later. “We’ll almost definitely be the slowest to Hobart.” – Another prophetic pre-race utterance. Nest Property skipper Murray Wilkes predicts his little yacht’s cruisy southward pace. Nest Property was last to arrive in Hobart at 4:45pm on New Year’s Eve. offshore | 23 “Believe what you want. “This is better than winning the America’s Cup. I don’t think there is any greater achievement to be enjoyed in the sport.” – An emotional Bob Oatley speaks on the record-breaking fourth consecutive line honours win. “The only thing I can ‘clean up’ is the Sydney Hobart.” – Quest skipper Bob Steel prophetically quips to old friend and Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan during the official race launch press con- ference on 26 November 2008. He sure did. All I can say is that winners are grinners.” – Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards gets the final word.
Yatching Media Kit 2009
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