Drawing to a close on New Year's Day, the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race saw some of the regattas most challenging conditions to date.
An impressive total of 31 yachts out of the 108 participating vessels fell victim to various issues in the first two days alone, ranging from broken steering systems to torn sails and even structural damage from the sheer force of the rough ocean waves. Two noted favourites of the race were noted as casualties in the first two days, Wild Oats XI and Perpetual Loyal.
Taking the title of overall winner this year was Paul Clitheroe’s - one of Australia’s most famous financial gurus - TP52 Balance. He comments, “I started sailing at eight years old in a sabot, on a lake. But it’s stuff like this that makes you think this is an amazing sport. It makes kids jump in a little boat and take on a healthy sport.
"In what other sport do you know that if you are in trouble in the middle of the night, your competitor is going to stop and come to help. I’m proud to be a part of our sport. I am proud of my team and the people in this community. I’m honoured to win this trophy and sail with these folks, my crew. It’s an absolute privilege.”
Balance’s crew were awarded the coveted Tattersall’s Cup at the regattas prizegiving ceremony, with the engraved Rolex Yacht Master timepiece awarded to Clitheroe. The 72nd edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race will kick off once again on Boxing Day, 26th December, 2016.