The Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race has started, minus one boat – Wild Thing Yachting.
Grant Wharington’s multi-modified maxi has been barred from the race in the final hour due to insufficient documentation with regards to all the recent changes.
Wharro has sighted controversy with big boats being targeted. He referred to the treatment that Loyal received after an ABC radio interview where they asked if Wild Oats XI was using a trysail. The Race Committee protested Loyal saying they received outside assistance. The matter was laughed at by the rest of the racing community and the protest was eventually thrown out.
Back to Wild Thing Yachting… Wharro claims that all the paperwork had been submitted, and it wasn’t until 1100 hours ESDT that he got the news that he had been scratched from the race. At the final race briefing held this morning Wild Thing’s name wasn’t read out as one of the boats that still had outstanding paperwork.
So why have they been banned from this years race? Obviously there is a lot more to this story that is being said. Over the last 12 months Wild Thing has gone through some extensive alterations. They did have photos of the rebuild on their Facebook page however just days before this years Rolex Sydney to Hobart, the photos were removed.
It will be interesting to see what comes of this one. Knowing Wharro he isn’t going to let this one go without a fight.
But this is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, nothing can happen without controversy.
A snapshot of Wild Thing’s Sydney to Hobart history
- 2003 – Line Honours Winners
- 2004 – lost its keel and capsized
- 2009 – Dismasted on their delivery to Sydney. They managed to get a replacement mast in time for the race however retired shortly after the start due to… mast problems
- 2010 – collided with a media boat and was unable to continue racing
- 2012 – barred from the race…
It’s a shame for the crew though… They will no doubt be drinking away the afternoon dreaming of what could have been…