Sydney to Hobart yacht race overall title awarded to Tasmanian boat Alive
Mini maxi Alive has won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on handicap, becoming the first Tasmanian boat to do so in 39 years.
Alive crossed the line in fifth place behind the fleet’s four super maxis and had to wait in Hobart hoping not to be bettered by other competitors.
But one by one the likes of Wild Oats X, Chutzpah, Smuggler and defending champion Ichi Ban failed to beat their required handicap finish times to claim the coveted Tattersall Cup for themselves.
The last Tasmanian boat to win the race on handicap was Screw Loose back in 1979.
In 1994, the maxi Tasmania was skippered to line honours victory by Tasmanian businessman Bob Clifford, the founder of the Hobart ship-building company Incat.
While there are still boats yet to finish the race they are out contention for handicap honours.
The all-women crew of Wild Oats X skippered by Stacey Jackson came second in the handicap standings, followed by Voodoo and Ichi ban.
Alive is registered with the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart’s Sandy Bay and was purchased in 2014 by Tasmanian businessman Phillip Turner.
The 66-footer was skippered by fellow Tasmanian Duncan Hine who leads a crew of Queenslanders, Tasmanians and a Dutch navigator.
She last raced the Sydney to Hobart in 2016 where she placed 17th overall and eighth across the line.
Wild Oats XI, which took line honours glory on Friday, finished 11th in the handicap standings.