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Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 1998

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 1998

The 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was the most disastrous in the event’s 54-year history with only 44 of the 115 yachts completing the race due to severe weather conditions. A storm with winds reaching up to 70 knots hit the fleet off the south-eastern coast of Australia, sinking 5 boats and forcing another 66 to retire. Six sailors drowned and rescue helicopters airlifted 55 more. Thirty-five military and civilian aircraft and 27 Royal Australian Navy vessels took part in the rescue operation, which was the largest in Australian peacetime.

A coronial inquest in 2000 established that race organisers, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, failed to manage the situation as conditions continued to worsen. It also criticised the Bureau of Meteorology for not informing the fleet of the upgraded weather forecast or the severe storm developing south of Eden
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Crew abandoned The Sword of
The body of a sailor
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The body of a sailor
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Police remove the body of
The crew of the Winston
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The crew of the Winston
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Police remove the body of
The body of a sailor
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The body of a sailor
The crew of the Winston
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The crew of the Winston
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The Sydney to Hobart yacht,
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The Sydney to Hobart yacht,
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Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian Financial Review. It is photographed at the start of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 26 December 1998.
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Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian...
Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian Financial Review. It is photographed at the start of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 26 December 1998.
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Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian...
Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian Financial Review. It is photographed at the start of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 26 December 1998.
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Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian...
Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian Financial Review. It is photographed at the start of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 26 December 1998.
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Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian...
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Scene from the start of
Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian Financial Review. It will be participating in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts within the week, 21 December 1998.
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Midnight Rambler is a new yacht sponsored by The Australian...
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Police remove the body of
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Police remove the body of
Two crewmen died during the
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Two crewmen died during the
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Left to right; Denise Lawler,
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