July 23, 2010, Newsletter Issue #367: The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1998 Tragedy

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In 1998, the 115 boats competing that year raced headlong into a severe and deadly storm. Winds of up to 78 knots whipped waves to as high as 10 metres. Fifty-five yachtsmen had to be rescued, 50 of them by helicopters braving the gale-force winds. Only 44 of the 115 boats finished the course. Six sailors died.

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