August 19, 2009: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - - The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority for the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the race's naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and invite applications for entry.
Following the CYCA’s decision to extend the overall length limit (LOA) from 98 to 100ft, or 30 to 30.48 metres, the club anticipates entries from four 100 foot maxi yachts including Neville Crichton’s Reichel Pugh designed 100ft Alfa Romeo, Mike Slade’s British based ICAP Leopard and Robert Oatley’s Reichel Pugh designed Wild Oats XI, which is currently undergoing modifications to extend her LOA to 100ft. CYCA member Sean Langman plans to charter and lengthen the Greg Elliott designed New Zealand based Maximus.
Grant Wharington’s Victorian registered Wild Thing and Peter Millard and John Honan’s Bakewell-White designed Lahana, representing the CYCA, both at 30m will round out the maxi fleet.
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