Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  Southern hemisphere racing
9 January 2013

Southern hemisphere racing

In January Mainsail is in Australia for the ROLEX Sydney Hobart Race as two of the greatest characters of this offshore classic, both in their eighties prepare their crew and their yachts for an expected duel for line honours. Bob Oatley has made modifications to his yacht WILD OATS X1 as he targets his fifth race win. His rival Syd Fischer has chartered the yacht that beat Oatley’s steed by just three minutes in the last edition of the race. Mainsail are on board with both crews as they train on Sydney Harbour and we are there for start day as WILD OATS X1 leads the fleet out into open ocean and for the finish in Hobart, Tasmania.

Also in this edition Shirley is in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Olympic city for the finale of the global sailing grand prix the Extreme Sailing Series. This is the first chance for some of the world’s greatest sailors to road test the Olympic sailing waters.

Watch at the following times (GMT)

  • Saturday, January 5: 1730
  • Sunday, January 6: 0830, 2200
  • Thursday, January 10: 1030, 1730
  • Saturday, January 12: 0830, 2200
  • Sunday, January 13: 1730

or watch here: CNN Mainsail – January 2013

syho12cb_15402Wild Oats XI crew celebrates their line honours win and new race record
© ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi