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Top 4 moments from the 2015 Sydney Hobart race

Top 4 moments from the 2015 Sydney Hobart race

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Terrible weather for 2015 race

Over 30 retirements as weather causes havoc though the fleet

Picture courtesy of Rolex/Studio Borlenghi/Steffano Gattini - Rolex Sydney Hobart - regattanews.com

It wasn’t just the big boats who struggled in the conditions as terrifying accounts were reported all the way down the fleet. Race organisers described the conditions as “really nasty” as the feared southerly buster hit the fleet overnight.

These weather conditions are what gives the race such a name. The strong southerly winds come out of nowhere: one minute the yachts are sailing smoothly along downwind and then the wind hits from the south with no warning.

Crews limped back to Sydney with torn sails, broken masts and damaged steering as the weather took its toll on the fleet. It was a credit to the boats and their crews that less than a third of the fleet was forced to retire, despite the worst conditions in over a decade.

The big boats were the first to bear the brunt of the 180-degree wind shift and Wild Oats XI was joined in retirement by Perpetual Loyal. The 30.48 metre Cookson yacht had several celebrities on board.

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