It should be champagne on land this year, for all the Sydney Hobart fleet. Typically, at this time of the race, many boats would still be spread across Bass Strait, resigned to spending New Years Eve at sea, but this year’s consistent northerly winds have all but guaranteed that all the crews will be on dry land when they crack the champagne.
Sean Langman is more commonly associated with yachts at the front of the fleet and might be wondering whether he made the right decision to head south in his restored 76 year old gaff rigged Maluka of Kermandie. He may draw some comfort from the fact that, although he is in 89th place, he currently leads IRC Division 4.
Maluka pic from Steve Hall. There’s a ton more here from several photographers and, if you would like a bigger pic of your favourite boat, you can PM anarchist snorky.