2008 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

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64th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Date 26 – 31 December 2008
Defender Wild Oats XI
Number of yachts 100
Coordinates 33°51.35′S 151°12.40′E / 33.85583°S 151.20667°E / -33.85583; 151.20667Coordinates: 33°51.35′S 151°12.40′E / 33.85583°S 151.20667°E / -33.85583; 151.20667-
42°52.7′S 147°19.58′E / 42.8783°S 147.32633°E / -42.8783; 147.32633
Winner Wild Oats XI
Official website http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/default.asp

The 2008 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, sponsored by Rolex, was the 64th annual running of the "blue water classic" Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

As in past editions of the race, it was hosted by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales. As with previous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races, the 2008 edition began on Sydney Harbour, at noon on Boxing Day (26 December 2008), before heading south for 630 nautical miles (1,170 km) through the Tasman Sea, past Bass Strait, into Storm Bay and up the River Derwent, to cross the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania.

The 2008 fleet comprised 100 starters. In 2007, Wild Oats XI equalled Morna/Kurrewa IV's record of three consecutive line honours victories, which Morna achieved in 1946, 1947 and 1948, and is attempting to break the record in its own right in 2008.

2008 fleet[edit]

100 yachts registered to begin the 2008 Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. They are:

Yacht Nation Owner Skipper Launch year

Results[edit]

Line Honours results (Top 10)[edit]

Position Race number Sail number Yacht State/country Yacht type LOA
(Metres)
Skipper Elapsed time
d:hh:mm:ss
1 X1 10001 Wild Oats XI NSW RP100 30.00 Mark Richards 1:20:34:14
2 10 M10 Skandia VIC IRC Maxi 98 30.00 Grant Wharington 1:21:41:17
3 03 AUS 03 Ichi Ban NSW Don Jones VO70 (ex Brunel) 21.50 Matt Allen 1:22:28:10
4 100 USA50062 ASM Shockwave 5 NSW Reichel Pugh 80 24.40 Andrew Short 1:22:57:30
5 05 AUS 98888 Limit WA Reichel Pugh 62 19.50 Alan Brierty 1:23:05:58
6 66 52566 Black Jack QLD Reichel Pugh 66 20.12 Mark Bradford 1:23:19:31
7 60 AUS60000 Loki NSW Reichel Pugh 63 19.20 Stephen Ainsworth 1:23:29:50
8 36 1836 Yendys NSW Reichel Pugh 55 16.80 Geoff Ross 2:00:57:05
9 02 52002 Quest NSW TP 52 15.84 Bob Steel 2:01:00:37
10 102 6952 Wot Now NSW JV52 15.85 Graeme Wood 2:01:10:26

Handicap results (Top 10)[edit]

Position Sail number Yacht State/country Yacht type LOA
(Metres)
Skipper Corrected time
d:hh:mm:ss
1 52002 Quest NSW TP 52 15.84 Bob Steel 2:17:43:22
2 SM 5200 Cougar II VIC TP 52 15.85 Alan Whiteley 2:18:11:05
3 6952 Wot Now NSW JV52 15.85 Graeme Wood 2:18:46:41
4 AUS 70 Ragamuffin NSW Farr TP 52 15.85 Syd Fischer 2:18:54:01
5 1836 Yendys NSW Reichel Pugh 55 16.80 Geoff Ross 2:19:30:14
6 8899 Quantum Racing NSW Farr Cookson 50 15.20 Ray Roberts 2:20:26:14
7 AUS 98888 Limit WA Reichel Pugh 62 19.50 Alan Brierty 2:22:24:49
8 AUS60000 Loki NSW Reichel Pugh 63 19.20 Stephen Ainsworth 2:22:51:57
9 YC3300 Secret Mens Business 3 SA Reichel Pugh 51 14.53 Geoff Boettcher 2:23:40:18
10 USA50062 ASM Shockwave 5 NSW Reichel Pugh 80 24.40 Andrew Short 3:00:27:24

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