Champion helmsman Gary Smith early this evening is driving his Launceston to Hobart Race record-holder, The Fork in the Road, across eastern Bass Strait in a bid to sail through the notorious Banks Strait before nightfall.
Pleasannt sailing conditions have been forecast for the start of the 285 nautical Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race from Beauty Point on the Tamar River at 1.30pm today. And they should continue for most of race down the East Coast of Tasmania.
The crew of Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race entrant Ultimate Challenge is making a valiant effort to reach Beauty Point in time for this afternoon’s start of the 285 nautical mile race after a week of frustrations in Hobart and on the delivery voyage up the East Coast.
Bellerive Yacht Club members Jeff Cordell and Ian Stewart are normally arch rivals when it comes to yacht racing, but on Sunday they will join forces in a bid to win the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race.
Hobart yachtsman Gary Smith is quietly confident he can emulate, or at least again achieve his sailing successes of last summer, by taking line honours for the fourth time in Tasmania’s longest offshore race, the Launceston to Hobart.
Hobart yachtsman Peter Cretan has two loves – singing and sailing – but for the moment sailing in the Launceston to Hobart offshore race has taken priority over singing with the highly acclaimed Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Choir.
Race Facts Official Name: National Pies Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race 2015 Conducting Club: Derwent Sailing Squadron, Hobart, with the co-operation of the Tamar Yacht Club, Beauty Point. Start Time: 13:30 hours, 27 December 2014 Starting Line: From a line off Inspection Head Wharf, Beauty Point on the Tamar River. […]