Wednesday morning saw four more participants crossing the finish line of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race. Lahana, Ichi Ban, Wild Thing and RÃ¡n finished their run early morning on the 29th of December. Lahana, captained by Peter Millard had to go through the same conditions as Investac Loyal as it encountered the dropping of winds on Derwent River. Lahanaâ€™s crew took a total of two days, fourteen hours and nine minutes to complete the coveted Rolex Sydney Hobart race.
Matt Allenâ€™s Jones 70 Ichi Ban had a similar story to tell. Matt Allen sailed in an inspiring manner and faced stiff competition from rivals like the supermaxi Wild Thing and RÃ¡n. Talking about his experience during the toughest Rolex Sydney Hobart Race so far, Matt Allen said that the conditions were fine and they reached Tasman Island under northerly breeze; however, the conditions beginning Derwent River were not good as there was no wind at all.
Ichi Ban completed its sail in the Rolex Sydney Hobart in a total of two days, sixteen hours and fifty-two minutes. Right behind Ichi Ban was Grant Wharingtonâ€™s Wild Thing that took 23 minutes more than its rival.Â Zennstromâ€™s RÃ¡n finished seven minutes behind Wild Thing. This was RÃ¡nâ€™s second participation in the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Commenting upon his experience, Zennstrom stated that the experience of the entire race was utterly fantastic and now he finally understood what the race was all about. He narrated that crossing Bass Strait at 35 knots of wind was the most difficult thing that he had to encounter during the entire race.
On Wednesday morning at around 10.30 am, the Hobart coast saw Alan Briertyâ€™s Reichel/Pugh Limit crossing the finish mark and in a span of less than three minutes it was followed by Stephen Ainsworthâ€™s Loki. Both the yachts were exposed to extreme weather conditions during the regatta. Speaking about the neck to neck competition with Loki, Alan Brierty of Limit said that it was a race within the race. He mentioned that it was back and forth for them throughout, but when they hit the Tasman Light they made it to the front and maintained their position till the end.
Commenting upon their finish behind Limit, Stephen Ainsworth said that the crew of Loki did the best of everything that they could and eventually Limit gained a lead with which they just could not catch up. He teasingly even said that he hated his race. Being questioned upon the comparison of the Rolex Sydney Hobart with other races, Chris Dickson, the tactician of Limit said that the race was not better or worse than any other Hobart event. The crew saw 45 knots of winds, big waves and everything that could have made the task challenging.
Race organizers have announced 17 retirements so far, the latest being Matthew Prenticeâ€™s Archambault 40 Nautical Circle. Until now nine yachts have crossed the finish line and 61 are still at sea. The Tattersallâ€™s Cup for the overall handicap win is still open.Â Currently Darryl Hodgkinsonâ€™s Beneteau 45, Victoire is leading ahead and needs to finish the race by 07.36 on December 30th if it wants to secure its position.