Rolex Trophy Day One - Hooligan leads Rodd & Gunn Wedgetail and Loki after first two races

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 16 Dec 2010 15:51:00
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A classic Sydney thunderstorm drenched crews racing in the opening day of the Rolex Trophy sailed off Sydney Heads today, Marcus Blackmore’s TP52 Hooligan shrugging off the conditions to finish outright leader after two races.

A classic Sydney thunderstorm drenched crews racing in the opening day of the Rolex Trophy sailed off Sydney Heads today, Marcus Blackmore’s TP52 Hooligan shrugging off the conditions to finish outright leader after two races.

The Rolex Trophy is a Rolex Sydney Hobart precursor and gives a good indication of contenders for the main silverware, the Tattersall’s Cup for the overall winner of the great race that will start from Sydney Harbour Sunday week.

Two races were completed today, Hooligan finishing with the perfect score of two wins from two races.

The first Rolex Sydney Hobart boat on the pointscore after day one is Bill Wild’s custom RP55 Rodd & Gunn Wedgetail (the former Yendys) currently second with race results of second and fifth today. Rodd and Gunn Wedgetail has plenty of highly experienced sailors on the boat, including David Blanchfield, Will Oxley and NZ America’s Cup and round the world sailor Rob Salthouse, and is emerging as a Rolex Sydney Hobart overall winner candidate.

Sitting in third place after two races is Stephen Ainsworth’s fancied RP63 Loki.

Principal Race Officer Denis Thompson reported breeze of 20 knots out of the south at the start of the first race, which then eased to 12 knots by the finish of the second race.

The thunderstorm in race two pulled the breeze right around, from SE to ENE.

Day two of the four-day Rolex Trophy will see the boats race on a course off Sydney Heads again tomorrow, Friday 17 December.  A total of four races are required to make up the short course series, while Saturday and Sunday will take the boats on offshore passage courses.

Full results at http://www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=4965

By Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart media team

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