Sydney to Hobart 2022 LIVE: Fog to impact crews into the night, Wild Oats favourite in lead-up to race

Sydney to Hobart 2022 LIVE: Fog to impact crews into the night, Wild Oats favourite in lead-up to race

December 26, 2022

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Fog expected to lift by race start, but will stay around south coast

The Sydney to Hobart is full of surprises, and this year the surprises began before crews even got out of bed: thick sea fog blanketed much of coastal Sydney in the early hours of the morning, with visibility limited to several metres.

At a briefing before the race began, Bureau of Meteorologist forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse said the fog would largely clear by the time the race began – at 1pm – but crews would be affected by it as they moved down the coast.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge disappeared into thick fog this morning.Credit:Sam Mooy

“It looks like it’s going to be relatively sunny by race start,” she said. But she added it was “likely that we’ll still see fog persisting down the South Coast of NSW tonight.”

Fog and low cloud would be a feature throughout “the first half of the race in particular” as racers head down the coast towards Bass Strait.

As for the all-important winds, crews can expect north-easterly winds of about 10 to 15 knots as they leave the harbour, before it picks up to 20 knots as they head down the coast.

Wind direction is obviously crucial for these boats. Some yachts are suited to these weather conditions better than others because of how they are made. That means it’s entirely possible that these early wind conditions will decide the race winner.

Welcome!

Hello and happy Boxing Day. Welcome to our coverage of the 77th Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

I’m Anthony Segaert, and I’m thrilled to have your company for the afternoon as we watch hundreds of sailors depart glorious Sydney Harbour from 1pm.

It’s set to be a big day for crews on board the 109 yachts heading down the coast, many of whom were surprised by the heavy fog this morning – we’ll have more on that shortly.

We’re in for a long few hours together. Do get in touch with your comments, favourites to win and photos if you’re watching the race from around the harbour. Post a comment below or send through an email.

Let the sailing begin!

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