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Rolex Sydney Hobart, Day 2: Three yachts retired today

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 Rolex Sidnway Hobart 2017, German boat Rockall
Rolex Sidnway Hobart 2017, German boat Rockall

There have now been three retirements in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with the Sydney yacht Wots Next the latest out, with broken rudder bearings. She is abeam of Mallacoota on the Victorian coast. There are no further details.

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Queensland boat Opt2Go Scamp is withdrawing to Eden to effect repairs to unspecified damage but she has not retired because plans to continue racing.

Already out are the German boat Rockall, which has a broken rudder. She is heading to the lee of the Victorian coast after initially planning to be towed to Eden by the NSW water police boat, Falcon.

Victorian yacht Jazz Player retired under the race’s safety rules that a boat cannot proceed in the race past Green Cape without an operating HF radio. She is still heading for Hobart though.

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