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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Veteran yachtsman calls for Sydney-Hobart changes.

Veteran yachtsman calls for Sydney-Hobart changes. 18/12/2005. ABC News Online

Veteran Australian yachting identity Lou Abrahams says super-maxis are damaging the profile of the Sydney to Hobart race.

Abrahams, 78, has won the event twice and will skipper his 11-metre Challenge in this year's bluewater classic, which starts on Boxing Day.

He said with new 30-metre maxis Alfa Romeo and Wild Oats XI tipped to smash the race record, the public's interest would be lost once they cross the line.

Abrahams said dramatic changes were needed for future races.

"Somehow or other, the boats have got to be split up into three races, or what ever it is in size of boats or something, so that you've got three major prizes instead of one," he said.

"This year certainly is going to highlight the problem very greatly I think."

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