Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness

Rupert Guinness is a Sports Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney to Hobart 2015: Syd Fischer is ready, willing and 'likely' to go again

Rupert Guinness After Syd Fischer declared that he will likely race the Sydney to Hobart for a 49th time next year after skippering his Ragamuffin 100 to second on line honours on Tuesday, his sailing...

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2015: Ragamuffin 100 wins nail-biting finish for second place

Race to the finish: Rambler 88 was edged out by Ragamuffin 100.

Rupert Guinness Super-maxi Ragamuffin 100, owned and skippered by Syd Fischer, took second place on line honours in the Sydney to Hobart on Tuesday morning in a nail-biter of a finish with Rambler 88  –...

Sydney to Hobart: Darryl Hodgkinson now suffers agony to go with winning ecstacy

On Saturday night, Hodgkinson was sent flying across the galley of Victoire and hit the table.

Rupert Guinness Darryl Hodgkinson can now say - no doubt with regret - that he has experienced the agony of the Sydney to Hobart to go with the ecstasy that came when he won the race on handicap in 2013.

Sydney to Hobart 2015: Comanche pursuit pays off as American super maxi takes out line honours

Super-maxi Comanche.

Rupert Guinness American supermaxi Comanche has taken line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Sydney to Hobart 2015: Ragamuffin 100 skipper Syd Fischer set for a 'winner's' cheer

Doing it for Syd: The crew on Ragamuffin still have 88-year-old Syd Fischer to answer to.

Rupert Guinness When Syd Fischer and his maxi Ragamuffin 100 cross the finish line of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as is expected on Tuesday, he will likely be greeted with the same cheer deserving of a...

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2015: 'Dangerous' procedure keeps Ragamuffin 100's hopes alive

Scary stuff: Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100.

Rupert Guinness The crew of Ragamuffin 100 have had to execute a "quit dangerous" procedure for much of the Sydney to Hobart to stay in the race, let alone within hunt of a podium place on line honours.

Sydney to Hobart: US showdown for line honours fight, says Rambler 88 navigator

With conditions expected to ease right off, Rambler was well placed to claim a surprise line honours victory from a wounded Comanche.

Rupert Guinness An American showdown for Sydney to Hobart line honours is on the cards, believes the Australian tactician on one of the two boats, Rambler 88 navigator Andrew Cape.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2015: Dare Devil skipper Sibby Ilzhofer shaken by experience

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

Rupert Guinness There are few in the Sydney to Hobart fleet who had a worse time of it on the harrowing first night than Sibby Ilzhofer, the skipper of 47-footer Dare Devil.

Wild Oats XI out of Sydney to Hobart as winds batter fleet forcing retirements

Primed: Wild Oats XI.

Rupert Guinness Eight-time winner and defending champion Wild Oats XI has been forced to retire from the Sydney to Hobart race with a torn mainsail.

Sydney to Hobart: Comanche skipper goes hammer down in bid to gain distance

Indian territory: Comanche aims to push hard on the haul to Hobart.

Rupert Guinness As the Ken Read-skippered American Comanche led the Sydney to Hobart into a forecasted gnarly southerly on Saturday night, he declared his intent to push the 100-footer and...

Sydney to Hobart: One year after hasty return, Quickpoint Azzurro is primed for the challenge

Shane Kearns: 'We don't see ourselves as the smallest – we see ourselves as a boat.'

Rupert Guinness Shane Kearns admits his crew "lament" his military background by light heartedly asking him during ocean races like the Sydney to Hobart if he likes to have "a procedure and a routine...

Sydney to Hobart: First hour exits showcase hazards of the Blue Water Classic

 Super-maxi Comanche races during the 2015 Sydney to Hobart

Rupert Guinness Before Wild Oats Xi skipper Mark Richards and his crew set off on their bid to win a record ninth line honours in the Sydney to Hobart on Saturday, he stressed that his main short term gaol was to:...

Sydney to Hobart: Starting boat Aussie Legend takes on water but all safe

The starting boat Aussie Legend has taken on water at the start of the Sydney to Hobart.

Rupert Guinness The Sydney to Hobart yacht race has suffered an on water incident before the 628 nautical mile event has got under way on Saturday with the official starting boat taking on water.

Sydney to Hobart: From Rani to Wild Oats XI, the evolution of an Aussie icon

Rupert Guinness When Captain John H. Illingworth steered Rani across the finish line to win the first Sydney to Hobart race in 1945 there was no inkling of it becoming the icon it is today.

Sydney to Hobart: Comanche's fast start still haunts Wild Oats XI skipper

Scarred: Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards.

Rupert Guinness For Mark Richards, the mental scar of American raider Comanche's lightning start in last year's Sydney to Hobart remains.

Sydney to Hobart: Wild Oats XI primed for win, while others hope for weather change

A chance: Comanche, in the foreground, warms up for the Sydney to Hobart. Crew had been hoping for the strong winds  forecast earlier in the week.

Rupert Guinness Wild Oats XI are firm favourites for a record ninth line honours win in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race that starts on Saturday, Boxing Day thanks to a favourable forecast.

Sydney to Hobart: Win or lose, Comanche will not return next year, says owner

Rupert Guinness Win or lose the 71st edition of the Sydney to Hobart, American billionaire Jim Clark will not return with his 100-foot super maxi Comanche for next year's race.

Sydney to Hobart: How hard call to return after fatal 1998 race became simple

Rupert Guinness The decision by New Zealand sailing great Brad Butterworth to race in the Sydney to Hobart for the first time since the fatal 1998 race was never going to be easy.

Up Wild Oats XI comes for a final rub and polish before Sydney to Hobart start

Wild Oats XI is lifted from the water at Woolwich Dock for the final check before the  Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Rupert Guinness Sydneysiders got to see the recently modified hull of Sydney to Hobart line honours favourite and eight times winner Wild Oats XI in its full racing configuration on Tuesday when it was...

Sydney to Hobart: Adrienne Cahalan back to the big boats and can't be happier

Navigator Adrienne Cahalan will take on Wild Oats on Perpetual Loyal this year.

Rupert Guinness Adrienne Cahalan is back to big boat racing for her 24th Sydney to Hobart after two years in smaller boats.