The winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Celestial on the ice after sportsmanship makes the Enterprise Next Generation heard
The official confirmation of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race handicap winner has been put on hold as a yacht trying to help a struggling competitor requested time compensation.
NSW yacht Celestial, which crossed the finish line on Wednesday, is first overall and set to win after losing first place last year due to a time penalty.
A hearing will be held Thursday afternoon after Enterprise Next Generation sought redress for helping Koa, who suffered a damaged rudder and eventually retired.
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The overall winner will only be officially announced after the hearing.
Enterprise Next Generation, which sits 14th overall, could make up for lost time.
However, skipper Anthony Kirke said he didn’t expect Enterprise Next Generation to oust Celestial from the top spot.
“We could squeeze into the top ten. I don’t think we’re going to challenge Celestial,” he said.
“You sailed a great race. In my eyes they won. I don’t see us getting anywhere near them.”
Kirke said his team lost about 70 minutes and then spent more time sailing upwind to Hobart because of the delay.
“We will take this time into account. We’re going to put all that on the table (at the hearing) and see where it goes,” he said.
The remaining fleet struggled with very rough seas on Wednesday night – the list of failures grew to nine with New Caledonia’s Eye Candy (forestay damage) forced to pull the pin.
The 47-foot Victorian Cyan Moon (damaged gooseneck) and NSW’s Flying Cloud (broken jib) both suffered damage but continued to sail.
“We had strong winds – 25 gusts to 35 knots, 2.5 meter high waves. (It was) very messy and confused. It was so nice to see the sun come out this morning,” said Quantock navigator Jonathan Turner.
Around 70 yachts from the starting fleet of 109 were still at sea on Thursday afternoon in much calmer conditions.
Last placed two-handed yacht Currawong, to be sailed by Kathy Veel and Bridget Canham, is unlikely to arrive until next year.
Veteran Sydney sailor David Blanchfield was hospitalized on Wednesday after arriving in Hobart with a broken leg after being tossed around aboard Moneypenny in bad weather.
Line Honors were claimed for the fourth time by supermaxi Andoo Comanche in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
https://7news.com.au/sport/sailing/rolex-sydney-hobart-winner-on-ice-after-enterprise-next-generations-act-of-sportsmanship-sparks-late-twist-c-9299318 The winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Celestial on the ice after sportsmanship makes the Enterprise Next Generation heard