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After three and a half days of solid racing in the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart race the leaders are so close together they are match racing around the bottom of Tasmania.

 

After sitting in frustratingly light winds since last night the leading group of yachts are now on the home stretch.

 

At 17.40 Paul Heyes from No Fearr reported that the crew were all very tired, ‘we’ve had lots of wind and no wind and everyway we turn it is always on the nose.  The sea state is ugly very short sharp and bumpy.’

 

Tascoast radio informed the fleet of a forecast of north easterly winds of 15 to 25 knots however Yoko reported east north east 30 to 35 knots with two metre swells.

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The Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart and the Kidder Williams Melbourne to Launceston fleets set off from Portsea at noon yesterday and have been racing now for some 19 hours.

 

The 5am sched today saw most of the fleets continuing on towards their Tasmanian destinations.

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The Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart race has been running now for 25 hours.

Winds on the west coast have turned Southerly at 20 - 23 knots causing the fleet to string out as they slow down with the wind on their nose.  Seas still remain moderate with swells of 1 to 1.5 metres.

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The Kidder Williams Melbourne to Launceston started yesterday at 12 noon from Portsea Pier, Port Phillip Bay.  

22 hours 58 mins and 42 seconds later Shogun crossed the line in Tasmania.  The Geelong based Shogun is owned and skippered by Rob Hanna and made a spectacular sight as they finished the race under spinnaker.

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The fleet in the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart race were tonight hugging the coast as they work their way south. Lead boat, Matt Hannafords No Fearr is still five miles ahead of Jeff Otter’s Icefire with David Phillips Hasta La Vista a further five miles back. 

The fleet is spread from Sandy Cape in the South to West Cape at the northern end.  Hannaford abeam of Sandy Cape is reporting winds at 30 knots and confused swell causing uncomfortable conditions for the fleet.

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