Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Early retirements

Sun Hung Kai Scallywag,

Despite fairly benign running conditions in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race today, two yachts have already retired from the 628 nautical mile race.

At 3.25pm Gordon Ketelbey’s recently purchased TP52, Zen, reported damaged rigging and was heading to Wollongong.

Shortly before 4.30pm, news came from the David Witt skippered super maxi Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, owned by SH Lee, of a broken bowsprit, forcing the Hong Kong entry’s retirement. 

The fleet is now at 83 with international entries reduced to 10 and super maxis down to four.

Further news as it comes to hand.

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