Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

As time marches on, Bob Oatley's passion for the Sydney to Hobart keeps growing

Rupert Guinness For all of his 86 years, winemaker Bob Oatley never loses his zest and energy when it comes to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, especially when his 10-year-old  super maxi Wild Oats XI wins line...

Wild Oats XI wins record eighth Sydney to Hobart yacht race

Triumphant: Wild Oats XI won the line honours title for a record eighth time.

Rupert Guinness Wild Oats XI reaffirmed her status as Australia's supreme ocean racing yacht, fending off a late charge by American raider Comanche to win a record eighth line honours title on Sunday afternoon.

Danny Green takes to Facebook to blast Ragamuffin skipper over Perpetual Sydney to Hobart jibes

Bouncing back: Perpetual Loyal was forced out of the Sydney to Hobart race early but skipper Anthony Bell is keen to try again in 2015.

Rupert Guinness The crew of Perpetual Loyal quickly cast aside their disappointment at retiring from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and returning home by motor on Sunday morning after they set foot back on land at...

Painful decision for Anthony Bell to withdraw Perpetual Loyal from Sydney to Hobart

Shorter trip than expected: Perpetual Loyal retired about 8am with hull damage, damage that occurred at 9pm on Friday night when she fell off a wave or hit something, according to crewman Tom Slingsby.

Rupert Guinness Anthony Bell said before he started the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that he was willing to gamble in his bid to add a second line honours title to his name.

Sydney to Hobart: Ragamuffin hoping to make it three-way race up the Derwent

Determined crew: Ragamuffin.

Rupert Guinness Talk on Saturday of a two-boat race for line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race - between the super maxis Wild Oats XI and Comanche - may have been premature.

No Simon Gerrans, but Tour Down Under poised for mighty fight

Unavailable: Simon Gerrans won't be attempting to defend his Tour Down Under crown next month.

Rupert Guinness Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur has no doubt that "to a man" the line-up of top Australian contenders for overall victory in the race next month would have wished that Simon Gerrans was...

Sydney to Hobart: Bear Necessity, Tina and Occasional Coarse Language Too forced to withdraw


Rupert Guinness It was about two hours after the Sydney to Hobart started when the first casualties of the race were reported after the retirements of two boats, reducing the fleet to 115.

American raider Comanche throws down gauntlet to Wild Oats XI with lightning Sydney to Hobart start


Rupert Guinness Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards reflected what most were thinking as he excitedly said: "She's smoking.

Anthony Bell ready to gamble to beat Wild Oats XI for Sydney to Hobart line honours

Ready to race: Perpetual Loyal skipper Anthony Bell.

Rupert Guinness So strong is Anthony Bell's resolve to try and win a second Sydney to Hobart line hours title ahead of defending champions Wild Oats XI who are chasing a record eighth crown and three other...

Think of back-to-back Sydney to Hobart handicap wins at your peril

Seasoned: Bacardi has raced the most Sydney to Hobarts.

Rupert Guinness Darryl Hodgkinson knows he would be pushing his luck if he said he expected to win back-to-back Sydney to Hobart handicap honours on his 50-footer Victoire.

Mark Richards rates Syd Fischer as 'dark horse' for Sydney to Hobart line honours

On the warpath: New US maxi Comanche undergoes trials on Sydney Harbour.

Rupert Guinness The first thing Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards did after he and the other skippers of the five maxis yachts in the Sydney to Hobart race spoke this week about their campaigns to win line honours...

Wild Oats XI crew in race to repair boom for Sydney to Hobart start

Mark Richards.

Rupert Guinness The crew on Wild Oats XI, the defending and seven times Sydney to Hobart line honours champions, is racing to repair a broken boom before Friday's race start.

Sydney to Hobart amateurs welcome introduction of Corinthian division

Sydney to Hobart 2013

Rupert Guinness For years it has grated on Justin Brennan: seeing professional sailors "step on" the boat they are to sail in the Sydney to Hobart race the day before a start while his crew are busily getting things...

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Sydney to Hobart skipper Sibby Ilzhofer lives for outdoor adventures

Great outdoors: Sibby Ilzhofer, the only female captain in the Sydney to Hobart fleet, is not one for creature comforts.

Rupert Guinness Sibby Ilzhofer openly admits an aversion to hotel rooms and their creature comforts. "I am not a hotel person," says the only female sole owner-skipper in the 628-nautical mile Sydney-to-Hobart race,...

Sydney to Hobart race demands serious approach, says Onesails Racing skipper Ray Roberts

Prepared for almost anything: OneSails Racing.

Rupert Guinness For all the things that can go wrong in a Sydney to Hobart, one thing that Ray Roberts will be able to say when he sets sail from Friday's start line on his Farr 55 named Onesails Racing is that he...

For big and small boats in the Sydney to Hobart fleet ... a rough and tumble first night is forecast

Wild Oats

Rupert Guinness For boats big and small in this year's 70th Sydney to Hobart yacht race the goal on their first night at sea on Friday will be survival rather than to gain any tactical advantages with a southerly...

Cycling star Simon Gerrans breaks collarbone

Injured: Simon Gerrans will miss the summer of cycling.

Rupert Guinness Australian cycling star Simon Gerrans has broken his left collarbone in training, ruining his home season.

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"I'm very lucky to have won it once," says Phil Waugh of the Sydney to Hobart race

Fortunate: Phil Waugh (left) and Danny Green on the ropes in preparation for the Syd-Hobart ocean race on maxi yacht Perpetual Loyal.

Rupert Guinness The more Phil Waugh sails in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race the more he appreciates his one line honours win on Investec Loyal three years ago.

Comanche owner Jim Clark won't bet on his Sydney to Hobart contender ... just yet

Not getting ahead of themselves: The crew of Sydney to Hobart hope Comanche hit the harbour.

Rupert Guinness There may be talk of the brand new US super maxi Comanche possibly ending the dominance of Wild Oats XI in this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race; but it's not coming from her owner, American...

Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards takes zero-tolerance approach on and off the water

Rupert Guinness Ask Mark Richards for the secret to keeping a champion crew's record seemingly as impeccable off the water as it is on it – a feat that top teams in many other sports can struggle with - and...