It still feels like a bad dream… All our hard work & effort from the last 1.5 years where destroyed after just a few minutes after the start of the Sydney – Hobart 2015. A smaller boat misjudged the situation and disrespect our right of way, unfortunately there was no way for us to go up or down, because we where in the middle of three boats, classic sandwich situation. Due to damage on our boat we couldn’t continue the race and had to retire.
It’s on – the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney – Hobart 2015 is almost on it’s way. On boxing day (26th. of December) the 107 entry fleet will leave the harbour of Sydney and head down South on the 628nm race course to Hobart in Tasmania.
The forecast got less frightened in the last day, but still we will see up to 35kn and big seas in the first 30 hrs. But on the other side these conditions are quite good for the mighty Lupa.
It has been a while for me that I’ve been to Sydney (14 years) and back then it was just a quick stop over… but let’s start with the delivery
We left Auckland on the 30th of November and set sail for a 1300nm trip to Sydney, Australia. The first couple of days were easy motor sailing conditions but there was always this front in the Tasman sea which we tracked on the forecast. It showed us a 180° wind shift and lots of rain on the forecast. Plus you never know how long the transition will be, so we were prepared for everything.
And guess what in between 10 seconds the wind shifted 180°, it was quiet amazing to see. After that the wind built slowly as well as the sea state, in the end we ended up in big sea and 30+ knots for approx. 26 hrs.
Still nice sailing, though ;o)
In the end of our delivery we had to use the good old diesel again and arrived safe just before midnight of the 6th of December.