SYDNEY (AP)– The 75 th Sydney to Hobart race fleet is anticipated to be spared from smoky haze at the start on Thursday and most private yachts are unlikely to encounter strong winds on their sail south to the island state of Tasmania.
Thick smoke from many bushfires in New South Wales required the cancellation of the current Big Boast Obstacle lead-up race on Dec. 10.
However concerns that the start of the race on Sydney Harbour could also be impacted by smoke were played down by the Bureau of Meteorology at Tuesday’s fleet weather briefing.
” Over the next few days we are sitting in easterly winds which implies for Sydney itself and much of the Nëw South Wales coast we are not going to look at thick smoke haze impacting anywhere over the water,” bureau representative Gabrielle Woodhouse said.
” It is most likely the thick smoke haze will be overnight and in the early morning, throughout the day itself it will ease off.”
Woodhouse stated the race was most likely to begin in a 10 to 15 knots north to north-easterly breeze.
The only actually heavy wind conditions, with gusts approaching gale force, might come on Monday or Tuesday, by which time a big part of the fleet of 157 luxury yachts should have completed.
The race record of 1 day, 9 hours and 15 minutes set by Comanche in 2017 is unlikely to be threatened in spite of the presence of 5 speedy extremely maxis, consisting of nine-time line honors winner Wild Oats XI and two-time winner Comanche.
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