Maxis Round the Buoys
This was a precursor to the Sydney Hobart race, and featured the super maxis and pocket maxis that would compete in that race.
This turned in to a strictly two horse race – a taste of things to come. Here is Wild Oates thundering down to the finish line...
|… closely followed in second place by the USA boat Commanche.|
Now this was an absolute blast, Formula 1 style racing, but on the water. These are hi-tech carbon fibre cats capable of speeds up to 35 knots. Five man elite crews race them in a global series that brings the action up close and personal with spectators, running short in-shore races designed to maximise strategy and excitement. This year's series traveled to Singapore, Oman, China, Russsia, UK, Turkey, France and held the final four day series in Sydney.
|This is yacht racing like no other – bringing the boats right in close to spectators|
|Five men elite crews (wearing crash helmets) race around the deck furiously grinding, steering, ballast shifting and just plain hanging on.|
|These boats fly. Courses are set to provide choices: turn right out of a gate for a longer leg that allows you to re-converge the fleet on starboard tack, turn left for a shorter leg that has you re-converging on port tack – the skipper decides.|
|The day we attended was blustery with 20 knot bullets. That leeward hull is looking very close to burying itself...|
|Rooster tails a-flyin'.|
|Just look at that spray coming up, these boats are on a knife edge of control.|
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