SYDNEY _ Sydney to Hobart officials are hoping a major ocean race planned for New Zealand will help entice more top quality boats to their own event.
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The fleet for this year’s race starting on Boxing Day stands at 88, one more than headed south in 2010.

The costs of building a new supermaxi and bringing any size of boat to Australia has limited the contingent of overseas entrants this year to seven.

Cruising Yacht club of Australia commodore Garry Linacre believes the race for New Zealand, scheduled to start in 2013, could help attract more overseas entrants, by giving them two major events to shoot for.

“We are working with the Kiwis at the moment, who are looking at bringing in an iconic race that is timely to involve yachts coming from the northern hemisphere to our race,” Linacre said.

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