VOR: Race within a race
For the first time in the long history of the Whitbread, now the Volvo Ocean Race,
competitors will participate in an offshore race - the classic Sydney-Hobart -
as part of a transoceanic leg. When inaugural Sydney-Hobart competitor Peter Luke
fires the start gun at 1300 on 26 December 2001, the eight VO60s will cross their
own start-line, 200 metres ahead of the main Sydney-Hobart start-line, beat through
Sydney Heads, then head south for Hobart, 630 miles away.
On arrival in Hobart, each boat will have its exact finish time logged, then racing
will suspend for 3h 30m. The boats will then be escorted to their own paddock
on the northern side of Elizabeth Street Pier. The skippers will be informed of
their exact finish time and the time when they can leave he dock - not less than
1h 30m after finishing - to continue on their way to Auckland and the end of the
During this pit stop, outside assistance and crew changes are forbidden. If
any of the media equipment supplied by the organizers is damaged, repairs will
be allowed, as will medical assistance if required, but apart from food and
hot drinks - again supplied by the organizers - the boats will effectively be
quarantined for the media in Hobart.
After the pit stop is over, each boat will restart with ten and five-minute
signals at the mouth of the Derwent, at a start-line north of Pierson's Point.
Unless they are adjudged OCS, the boats will continue on the 2,050-mile third
leg to the finish in Auckland. Performance in the Sydney-Hobart will not affect
the results of the completed third leg.
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