It’s their dream forecast’: New Sydney to Hobart favourite

    It’s why Murray, now sailing with John “Herman” Winning and his team on rival Andoo Comanche. believes Wild Oats’ Mark Richards will be the happiest supermaxi skipper in the fleet heading to the 1pm start of the race on Boxing Day. “My gut feeling is Wild Oats will be pretty good in this forecast. That’s with 15 years of sailing on her,’’ he said on Christmas Day.“I don’t think they could have wished for a better one.’’The current downwind forecast should have Wild Oats, Andoo Comanche, Black Jack and LawConnect – in whatever order – in Hobart late on Tuesday night.DEC 25: The race record for the supermaxis is still touch-and-go but what is certain is the 77th Sydney to Hobart is going to be memorable – for a variety of reasons.The latest forecast delivers a mixed bag for the 109 strong fleet with the supermaxis and bigger yachts flying to Hobart in near or record time, potentially turning the event into an overnighted for the frontrunners.It is also looking to throw up an overall winner – the most prized trophy in the race – from yachts around half the size of the 100-footers.But it’s not as easy as some imagine and dangers lurk. MORE HERE. SICK TO THE STOMACHThis famous sailors job literally makes him sick. So why is he about to head out to sea in one of the toughest ocean races in the world? FULL STORYNEW TRICKS FOR OLD SALTHe races one of the fastest and wettest boats on Sydney Harbour and has done so for more than 50 years. Now he’s jumping on one of biggest and wettest in the Sydney to Hobart – at age 70. FULL STORY STRANGE NUMBERS GAME IN SYDNEY TO HOBARTA few years ago the distance of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race suddenly got shorter. Now, despite yacht entries rising, crew numbers are shrinking. So what’s happening to the famous race? FULL STORY SPECIAL TRIBUTE Their boat designer father has already won a Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Now his siblings are on rival boats trying to match his feat and to honour a loved one. FULL STORYWHAT A RIDEA Glen Innis cattle farm is a long way from the high seas he will encounter in the Sydney to Hobart. But this young gun has a special connection to the race. FULL STORYCLOSE CALLA near-miss between his supermaxi and a Sydney to Hobart rival has put Andoo Comanche skipper John Winning Junior and his team on high alert ahead of the Boxing Day start of the famous ocean race. FULL STORY

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