Posts Tagged ‘WIld Oats’
In the best Aussie tradition of having the biggest, sharpest knife in the bush, the legendary machete that is Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI is going back under the knife for a massive refit before the 2015 Hobart. And when we say massive, we mean cut in half and rebuilt from the mast forward, with a huge DSS-style fin at the beam…and that’s only part of the job. Will the WOXI boys continue to stay just ahead of the new curves from VPLP, Verdier, and the Juank? Apparently, all it takes is money, hard work, money, great crews, money, skilled boatbuilders, and a little more money. Gotta do something will all that cash meant for an Aussie AC team, perhaps? (A team which, hilariously, continues to publish a website, hosted on the Americascup.com domain, that loads with a huge image of the Harbour with the words “2017 – Australia Gets Back In The Ring” as of a few minutes ago).
August 7th, 2015 by admin
Succumbing to the same fear that spurred the creation of what has been dubiously called the ‘biggest spinnaker ever built’ for the Perpetual Loyal, Jim Clark’s big native was seen today sporting her own monster mega-kite, an answer to the 10-degree advantaged soaking power that shot the old Speedboat out the back of Wild Oats XI’s skinny ass last year. While the window for a loose-luffed kite on boats these fast is extremely narrow, if those deep downwind angles are required, the fat girls are going to need every advantage they can get to stay in touch with the low-drag hull of the silver arrow.
The first problem? Big ratings hit, which means the decision to carry or not will be a last-minute one. The bigger problem? The 100-foot tall warrior head looks far more like the Rolling Stones’ own Energizer Bunny than it does a fearsome warrior. But the motherf*%ker can play, can’t he?
Longtime SA’er ‘gybe-ho!’ coined the new sail’s name, forever now known as “Big Keef”in the continuously enjoyable trash-talk thread.
For a great look at a couple who’s really growing on us, head over to this Channel 7 sitdown with Clark and supermodel wife Kristy Hinze on whether the decidedly not fat-bottomed girl will race down to the Customs House on a jet or on a supermaxi.
December 15th, 2014 by admin
Comanche’s child-rearing hips vs. Wild Oats XI’s svelte pooper as shot by SA’er ‘wildboats!”: Could there be a better illustration of what to expect in just 25 days? Great shot and plenty more from the fanboy thread.
December 1st, 2014 by admin
Silently she glides toward the Harbour City, with one aim: Beat the mighty WOXI. Game on.
November 29th, 2014 by admin
Are you getting stoked for the Sydney Hobart Race? We sure as shit are, and judging from longtime Sydney-Hobart photographer Andrea Francolini’s Facebook Page, he is too (and thanks AF for sending over a higher-res shot of this 2006 dunking for the SA’ers). It’s not just the long-awaited US vs. AUS showdown between the wily, old, rarely-defeated veteran Wild Oats XI (going for her record-breaking eighth overall win) and the bleeding edge Kenny Read-led star-spangled Comanche. Even better than this tête-a-tête is a big upswing in the typical fleet size (up to 117 boats for this year) thanks to the extra buzz of the race’s 70th anniversary. Relive some of the great shots of the past with Andrea as well as some non-sailing Sydney vistas over here. The CYCA is on board with the nostalgia too – how about a movie from the 1974 race?
And for some classic SA shit talking between the Aussie fanboys and the yank shit-stirrers anxious to prove their maxi is bigger than yours, start here.
November 24th, 2014 by admin
In the audio player above, Our favorite sailor chick/radio host digs deep into Hamilton Island Race Week as Day 2 of the tropical regatta wraps. Nic’s got Seve and Ricko from Wild Oats XI, Gavin Brady from the TP52 Beau Geste, David Chapman from the big MC38 fleet on Ginger and much more, including her own adventures aboard and ashore at a regatta that’s gotta be on everyones ‘s bucket list. Results are here.
August 18th, 2014 by admin
With Team Australia flaming out of the America’s Cup with a whimper, the Oatley family needed a new look for the winged AC45 they picked up along the way. And once they painted it up right, they realized they’d finally gotten a Wild Oats that’s significantly faster than the R/P 100 that’s been winning the Hobart for a decade…and for about 5% of what they’ve spent on the big one!
Pic thanks to SA’er ‘wildboats’ from the 45s launch at the upscale Hamilton Island Race Week. Not the latest or greatest tech or the fastest cat out there, but it’s certainly got sex appeal…
August 15th, 2014 by admin
Wild Oats XI crossed the finish of the 69th Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race just after 7 PM today, horizon-jobbing the fleet after a brilliant night of sailing that saw them turn a 12 NM deficit into a 42 NM lead at the finish. It’s her 7th line honors victory in nine tries, equalling Morna/Keruwa IV’s record from the ’50s. Great job all around; here’s a shot of the dock celebration amongst thousands of ‘Strayans, and here’s 4 and a half minutes with Navigator Tom Addis as they hit the dock. Jump in the thread for more, and keep an eye on the McConaghy Boats Facebook Page for a full night of action as well as some awesome contest giveaways – Perpetual Loyal is just entering the Derwent as we go to press, and Clean is on the scene…Meredith Block photos.
December 28th, 2013 by admin
Update: With Loyal backing up in the light, WO has ground them down and is now sailing away with a 30 mile lead and growing…
Despite sailing into some squally crap when he brought WOXI a bit too close to shore, Tom Addis, Navigator (and ex-Puma nav) sounds confident that they can reel in the bigger, more powerful Perpetual Loyal by the time they get to Storm Bay. The gap has shrunk from 11 to now just 5 miles, with Oats gaining another mile every hour. This sets up a truly spectacular finish, and we’re on station in Hobart to bring the play by play to you right here on Sailing Anarchy and on McConaghy Boat’s Facebook Page. Listen to Tom’s from 7 AM this morning.
December 26th, 2013 by admin
Ironically it wasn’t Perpetual Loyal’s righting moment or hull shape that launched her into the lead of the Sydney-Hobart; it was Stan Honey and his incredible ability to avoid the kind of hole that swallowed Wild Oats XI for a couple of hours about 100 NM south of Sydney. Giacomo (ex-Groupama 70) is hanging OK with the big-assed Loyal, while WOXI and Black Jack (ex Telefonica 70) are only now making their way offshore in the moderate downwind conditions, and they’ll cross Loyal’s wake about 12 NM astern. It’s a bitter pill to swallow after so much work on the aging R/P 100 to keep her competitive, but there’s still a long way to go. Just two boats have pulled out thus far; the TP52 Dodo blew her mainsail up (listen to navigator David Chapman’s explanation here), while the Audi Sunshine Coast - one of the most immaculately prepared in the race – blew up a headsail sheave, letting some lovely 6mm Dux zipper the rig open for a meter and a half.
We’d direct you to the starting video as broadcast by Yahoo!7 but apparently it doesn’t actually exist, and if it does, it’s some kind of state secret. Even the 3-minute clip on the event website is a secret – unsinkable and unembeddable…but hey – at least the tracker works again! Fortunately, you’ve got the full start sequence above from the lens of Mr. Clean’s little Canon, and it ain’t as bad as you might think. For the good stuff – a full gallery of 100+ photos from the CYCA docks and the starting line, get on over here to the McConaghy Boats Facebook Page and take a gander. Clean and the team are headed down to Hobart in the morning with the goal of filming, still shooting, and interviewing just about everyone that comes into the finish line – a first for the race – so keep an eye on that page, and hit the thread for a more stream-of-consciousness style. And if you want to be eligible to win a Gill laptop bag or one of about a dozen SA hats, be sure to like that McConaghy page – only Facebook fans of both Sailing Anarchy and McConaghy can win.
December 26th, 2013 by admin