"I am definitely putting my batting average on the line," jokes Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok when talking about the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - true enough, too.
Member for the South Coast, Shirley Hancock, has announced that Huskisson, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, will welcome a record number of entrants for the world's largest Hobie 16 World Championships, held from Friday 31 January to Saturday 15 February 2014.
Congratulations to 2013 Audi Melges 20 World Champions John Taylor, owner of Ninkasi, tactician Bill Hardesty and Joey Mello on bow. After ten races, against 52 of the world's greatest Audi Melges 20 teams, Taylor cashed in big at the finish line on Saturday to win the Class' first World title.
A fleet comprising 94 yachts, including 22 international entrants, five 100-ft Maxis, seven former winners and the current race record holder, is arguably the strongest in recent Rolex Sydney Hobart history. Running for the 69th uninterrupted year and sponsored by Rolex since 2002, the 2013 edition of the 628-nm race starts - as is tradition - on 26 December from Sydney Harbour.