27 Dec 2008

Yachties rescued by fellow race competitors

6:45 am on 27 December 2008

The crew of one of the yachts in the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race had to be rescued by competitors on other boats late Friday night.

A mayday call was sent just before midnight by the Georgia, a New Zealand-built Farr 52 yacht belonging to Victorian race veterans John Williams and Graeme Ainley.

Race media say the boat suffered a broken rudder stock and was taking on water. Two nearby boats, Ragtime and Volvo 60 Telecoinabox Merit, raced to Georgia's aid.

All 14 members of the crew are reported safe and well.

A hundred yachts are taking part in the annual race, which started at 3pm on Boxing Day.