Now that the powerful 100-foot maxis have crossed the finish line, the overall battle for the Tattersall Cup intensifies among the remaining fleet.
Stefan Racing, Whisper, Ichi Ban and Celestial have all streamed into Hobart today under a beautiful, fresh 10-25 knot south-westerly.
Sam Haynes‘ TP52 Celestial had a fantastic tussle with Matt Allen’s Botin 52 Ichi Ban, managing to usurp the two-time winner by just 3 minutes, 11 seconds to clinch the provisional win and take the box seat for the overall title.
With 44 quality teams still racing though, the 2021 Great Race remains anyone’s game.
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The crew of the 30.5-metre (100-foot) maxi yacht Black Jack prevailed in the contest for Line Honours at the 76th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. It was a seesaw battle, initially raced in punishing conditions before ending in light and variable winds. Black Jack successfully held off the attentions of two other similar-sized maxis to secure the Illingworth Trophy awarded to the first boat to finish. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is one of the preeminent offshore competitions and the 2021 race is living up to its fearsome reputation with fleet enduring an extended period of strong southerly winds and a big sea during the early stages. Perseverance has characterized the race since it was first held in 1945, and never more so than this year. Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the race has been partnered by Rolex since 2002. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3qPJEN5Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.