Wet Wednesday Videos from Down Under

While we were all digesting our figgy pudding, the boys Down Under were, as usual, spending their Boxing Day racing from Sydney to Hobart. There are plenty of accounts and footage of the race. The biggest “moment” in the race came after the start. The video below should open at that moment (but you can start the video at an earlier spot if you want to watch the whole start). Here Wild Oats (aka WOXI) is on port and Comanche is on starboard. The ensuing protest saw WOXI penalized an hour and her line honors passed to Comanche.

Fewer of you may have seen the following footage taken onboard Comanche on day 2. It shows boatspeed (yawn-30 knots) and course. Be sure to go full screen with this video and use your cursor to pan around. It’s not quite reality but it’s the closest thing a lot of us are going to get to 30 knots on Comanche.

NOTE: Bruce Hedrick will put on his swami hat and gaze into his crystal weather ball on Friday with a post for the Duwamish Head race! I’m really hoping one or more of you alert readers comes up with a Wet Wednesday video from an exciting Duwamish race. (Hopefully it’s wet from below and not above) If you’ve got something, just email me.

Kurt grew up racing and cruising in the Midwest, and has raced Lasers since the late 1970s. He has been Assistant Editor at Sailing Magazine and a short stint as Editor of Northwest Yachting. Through Meadow Point Publishing he handles various marketing duties for smaller local companies. He currently is partners on a C&C 36 which he cruises throughout the Northwest. He's married to the amazing Abby and is father to Ian and Gabe.

2 thoughts on “Wet Wednesday Videos from Down Under

  • January 3, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Highlights of the Syndey-Hobart race would be an interesting program for the QCYC sail regatta group. Kurt, would you be available to join us for a ‘sailor social’ for a highlight video of the race and some background from you? Thanks for considering. Pete DeLaunay (206) 579-4883

    • January 3, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      That would be fun. Let’s talk more. I could put something together including the Sydney-Hobart, the Volvo Ocean Race and local adventure racing (Van Isle 360, Round the County).


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