The Science of Sailing: The Sydney to Hobart Race

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Technology Documentary hosted by Tim Balme, published by Natural History NZ broadcasted as part of X-Force Extreme Adventures series in 2002 - English narration

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The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (sometimes referred to as the 'Bluewater Classic' in the Australian media) is hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, starting in Sydney, Australia on Boxing Day and finishing in Hobart. The race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km). The race is run in co-operation with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, and is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world. The race was initially planned to be a cruise by Peter Luke and some friends who had formed a club for those who enjoyed cruising as opposed to racing, however when a visiting British Royal Navy Officer, Captain John Illingworth, suggested it be made a race, the event was born. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has grown over the decades, since the inaugural race in 1945, to become one of the top three offshore yacht races in the world and it now attracts maxi yachts from all around the globe. The 2004 race marked the 60th running of the event. The current race record was set in 2005 by Wild Oats XI, which crossed the line in a time of 1 day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds

The legendary Sydney to Hobart yacht race crosses one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. Few yacht races can claim the legendary status of this event. The 630 nautical mile route takes yachts down the Australian coast and across the notorious Bass Strait to Tasmania

We follow the fortunes of the 66-foot Grundig, a fast, lightweight racer, as she takes on huge maxi yachts. The 630 nautical mile route takes competitors down the Australian coast and across the notorious Bass Strait to Tasmania.

The Grundig is the brainchild of Australian skipper Sean Langman, who breaks all the conventions and decides to take a gamble. He is joined by world champion David Witt for this epic battle. In true Sydney to Hobart race fashion, disaster is just around the corner and heavy seas in the Bass Strait cause the hull of the Grundig to start breaking-up. It is a long night as she limps back to the mainland and eventual safety.

The race is over for Grundig, Sean Langman, David Witt and their crew. Their quiet landfall at the tiny fishing village of Eden contrasts sharply with the wild and noisy greeting that awaits the race winners in Hobart. Heartbreaking proof that David cannot always beat Goliath.

Directed by Peta Carey Executive Producer : Wayne Tourell Series Producer : Judith Curran

Natural History NZ Ltd (2002)

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