29 Dec 2012

Commodore dismisses criticism of Sydney to Hobart race director

4:26 pm on 29 December 2012

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia commodore Howard Piggott has dismissed Grant Wharington's criticism of Sydney to Hobart race director Tim Cox as nonsense.

Wharington's super maxi Wild Thing was excluded from the race less than three hours before the start because his revamped boat's documentation to verify construction requirements did not comply with race regulations.

Wharington claimed Cox was a serial offender at trying to get big boats out of the race, pointing out that Cox had lodged unsuccessful post-race protests against the line honours winners of the past two years.

Piggott says that's a nonsense.

Wharington says he would like to work with the CYCA to find a way the documentation process for the race could be more accurately enforced.

Piggott says he doesn't think it was necessary to change the process.

Wharington has confirmed Wild Thing might chase the Sydney to Hobart course record and he was waiting for an appropriate weather window in the next week or two.