icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.

SIGN UP

Missing your newsletter?

If you’ve unsubscribed by mistake and would like to continue to hear about the latest Boat International & Events news, update your preferences now and let us know which emails you’d like to receive.

UPDATE NOW
No, thanks
Top 4 moments from the 2015 Sydney Hobart race

Top 4 moments from the 2015 Sydney Hobart race

4 of 4 4/4
VIEW ON ONE PAGE
Terrible weather for 2015 race
4

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.

Read More
Sponsored Listings
Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro