Ichi Ban and Quest Arrive in Hobart:
The TP52 Ichi Ban, owned and skippered by seasoned campaigner Matt Allen, has won the 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and, with it, the Tattersall Cup and Rolex timepiece reserved for the overall winner on corrected time. One of the pre-race favourites to secure one of yachting’s greatest prizes, Allen and his crew had to put aside their usual prudence in a calculated gamble. With a large number of strong boats favoured by the forecast conditions, there was no room for caution.
Ichi Ban’s closest rival proved to be two-time winner, Bob Steel and Quest, which added to the mounting pressure. Making the most of the fast running conditions of the second day, and avoiding serious da…
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Sydney Hobart: Loving this Race:
Sydney, Australia (December 29, 2017) – “Amo questa gara – I love this race,” Giancarlo Simeoli declares after his seventh Rolex Sydney Hobart after years on the much loved Brindabella, but this time he raced south aboard the faster, wilder American Cookson 50, Triple Lindy and had a ball.
“You know how you ski downhill on a mountain? This was like fast downhill skiing for two days. At the Organ Pipes dolphins came over to play in our bow wave, but we were going so fast they had to chase our stern.”
It has all been a bucket load of cream on an antipodean cake which, over the years, this Italian has become addicted to. “This race has made it possible for me to l…
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