Black Jack wins against Tasmania

AIn the end it was a tough struggle. But then the checkered hull of the Black Jack pushed its way across the finish line in the Derwent River shortly before 2:00 a.m. local time in front of Hobart, the capital of the Australian island of Tasmania. The 100-foot yacht (30.48 meters), which is registered in Monaco, but which owner Peter Harburg has mostly manned with sailors from the Australian state of Queensland, won the 76th Sydney-Hobart regatta. It was hard bought because this race was one of the toughest in the history of the traditional regatta. It was also fitting that skipper Mark Bradford first had to test his crew for Corona before they were finally allowed to join their loved ones on the quay.

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Christoph Hein

Business correspondent for South Asia / Pacific based in Singapore.

Harburg had only bought the former Alfa Romeo in 2017. After a second place in 2018 and a fifth place a year later, the 17 sailors now prevailed after two days, 12 hours and 37 minutes. The time was weak, measured against the record that the LDV Comanche had set on their wild spaceship ride in 2017 with one day, nine hours and 15 minutes for the 628 nautical miles (1163 kilometers).

However, this difference points to the great battle since Boxing Day, which was marked on the faces of the men on board that very early morning in Hobart: first against Corona, then against wind and waves, and for the winner also against his direct competitor Law Connect and Scallywag. Even after sailing 600 nautical miles, they hadn’t wanted to let the Black Jack pull away.

After the storm had calmed down in the Bass Strait off Tasmania, which had meanwhile been more than eight wind strengths, it was no longer a question of bringing the racing boats from Sydney over four-meter waves without damage; now they had to get from wind to wind under full gear as quickly as possible in order to finally reach Hobart’s harbor wall.



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