Dec 26 2009

Knee Deep in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – 26th Dec

Over the past 64 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup horse race, the Davis Cup tennis and the cricket tests between Australia and England. No yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage partly due to being one of the more dangerous races with the notoriously rough Bass Straight  de-masting and swallowing more than one boat in previous years. – except, of course, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.

This year my Dad, Frank Van Ruth and co owner Phil Childs have entered their yacht Knee Deep. The beasty carries a crew of 14 and is a 50 foot 100% carbon fibre purpose built racing yacht. Built in Sydney by Boatspeed in 1999, she was launched in November that year and went to win the Sydney Hobart yacht race and claim the Tattersall’s Cup raced by previous owner Geoff Ross under the name Yendys (Sydney spelt backwards). Knee Deep recently claimed line honours in the Fremantle to Albany Race.

Keep an eye out for the yacht and wish Dad, Phil and the crew luck!

The race starts on the 26th December and you can track Knee Deep’s progress live from the Yacht Tracker. **Click on the photo of Knee Deep for live race standing.