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The Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race 2016


Alan7140

"Loyal" won line honours, beating the old record by nearly five hours, and travelling the 628 nautical miles (1,163km) in one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds (a sea voyage on a sailing ship between the two cities in the 19th Century took anything from two to three weeks).

 

Tasmania turned on typically unpredictable Hobart weather for the winner - 15°C, steady rain and dull, grey overcast even though it's the middle of summer. Two days earlier it was clear skies and mid-30's C (90's F).

 

The stern of the winner:

 

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From the other end, with the public turning out in raincoats and umbrellas to gawk:

 

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Note the state of the two Rolex stickers on the bow - that boat must have been cutting a fearsome bow wave to rip them up like that.

 

And then a reminder of why Tasmania is one of the best places on Earth to live - this is the Tasmanian Premier and his family after they walked right past me as I was photographing the boat, being all but ignored by everyone else, with no security, not even a sole policeman, just heading off to the food stalls as many of the other spectators were doing:

 

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Just to show the indifference to having the leader of the State amongst them, that's him in the background (in his checked shirt with half-rolled sleeves, hands in pockets), just above the sail boom of the winner by the yellow stepladder, on his own, just checking out the boats:

 

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I can't imagine too many other places where this sort of thing would be allowed to happen as a matter of course.

 

I took both the X-T1 with a 100-400 lens and the X-T2 which I alternated the 90/2, 23/4 and 10-24. The lenses not in use I kept in my rain jacket's pockets, and the cameras slung bandoleer-style, one on each hip. Everything got wet to some degree (I was a bit more careful with the two non-WR lenses), but nothing ceased to function and I'm positive this is about as wet conditions that I'd ever spend two hours in the open with the cameras at any time, and they performed perfectly.

 

 


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Luckily the atmosphere in Holland is still quite relaxed when our prime minister is somewhere for duty or pleasure. Watching other (world) leaders like Obama makes me think people like him (or his family) look forward to return to a more or less normal life. Nice documentary images Alan, thanks for sharing.

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9 hours ago, DDFZ said:

Nice work, Alan! I have promoted this to the Articles database. 

 

Well that nearly screwed me, Dallas - I thought I had composed it and forgot to post it as it was very late last night when I did it as it didn't appear in the section I posted it in - I almost started to recompose and post it again, but thankfully I had the foresight to search the title first! :D:D:D

 

Thanks for the comments.... :) Despite the miserable weather I enjoyed being out there - for the first time in what seems like months there was no wind - which hugely improved my sense of humour on the day, and which ended up with four separate subject posts here even though I really didn't take all that many shots, but rather just enjoyed walking around without getting blown off my feet. Getting wet was inconsequential given that.

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I quite liked this photo of the runner-up for Line Honours, "Scallywag", not so much for the partial photo of the boat, but for the incidental pair of plastic-shrouded people looking like a pair of penguins having their photo taken in the background. :)

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Then there was the guy with less grandiose sailing ambitions getting a water-level view of the dock area:

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So, as to what I was saying about there being no wind, this is the tail end of the ABC report, and explains how the record was able to be broken by an abnormal weather event near the finish (you have to feel for those who arrived after the wind dropped and the measures they had to take :) ):

 

"The leaders were lucky to get in first thing [on Wednesday] morning before the winds dropped off in Hobart," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Tony Yates said.

Perhaps the first surprise was that there was any wind to be had in the early morning, as the Derwent is renowned for going breathless when night hits.

But there was enough of a breeze to carry LOYAL home at a moderate clip.

Just hours later other boats had to drop anchor in the Derwent to stop them drifting backwards as the drizzling rain snuffed out the morning breeze."

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Thanks, Armando.

 

The skipper reckoned afterwards that the conditions weren't 100% favourable and they could have gone faster had everything been perfect!!!

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