Black Jack claims Sydney’s victory in Hobart | The advertiser – Cessnock

Supermaxi Black Jack took top row honors at the 76th Annual Sydney Yacht Race to Hobart.

The 100ft recorded in Monaco crossed the finish line of the Derwent River at around 1:37 am (AEDT) on Wednesday.

Skippered by Mark Bradford, Black Jack held the lead for the majority of Tuesday’s races off the Tasmanian east coast after leaving Sydney Heads on Boxing Day.

LawConnect, a former recipient of honors as Perpetual LOYAL in 2016 and Investec LOYAL in 2011, looks set to finish second ahead of Hong Kong’s SHK Scallywag.

This year’s fleet was decimated by rough seas on Sunday and Monday, with 36 of the 88 members of the starting peloton forced to retire.

Black Jack previously won line honors in the 2009 628 nautical mile blue waters classic under the Alfa Romeo name.

He finished fifth in the most recent Sydney to Hobart in 2019 and finished second behind Wild Oats XI by just 28 minutes in the 2018 thriller.

Black Jack’s navigator Alex Nolan told media early Tuesday that the crew decided to sail outside the course line, the line on the course being the shortest distance, and that they were “pushing hard. “.

It was one of the slowest Sydney to Hobart races in recent memory, a far cry from Comanche’s 2017 record of a day, nine hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds.

Crews of all ships must perform rapid COVID-19 antigen testing and return a negative result before being allowed to disembark in Hobart.

Australian Associated Press

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