26 Dec 2008

Only one NZ-owned and run boat in the Sydney to Hobart

12:30 pm on 26 December 2008

Boxing Day's a day for most of us to recover from Christmas excess, but for some yachties it's the toughest day of the year.

The annual yachting classic, the 628 nautical mile Sydney to Hobart race, starts from Sydney harbour at three o'clock on Boxing Day afternoon.

Lou Abrahams, who is 81 years old and a two-time overall winner of the race, will fire the starting cannon.

Sydneysider Tony Cable will set a record of 45 Hobart races, beating the mark he currently shares with Abrahams and the late John Bennetto.

And this year out of the hundred yachts that will start, Time Lord is the only all New Zealand-owned and crewed yacht in the race.

Time Lord's skipper Kevin Lidguard says it's a suprise and a disappointment more New Zealand teams haven't entered this year's event.

Lidguard says there are a few New Zealanders scattered around the Australian boats but it does feel a little lonely.

Time Lord aims to finish the race in just under three days.