Black Jack, the 2005 Reichel/Pugh 100, has won line honours in the 2021 Sydney-Hobart Race. The supermaxi that began life as Alfa Romeo (and won line honours in 2009) crept across the line at 1.37am.
The scrap for second place was a classic ghosting duel of the kind that makes all skippers dread arriving at the Derwent River late at night. Law Connect and Scallywag both chased tiny cat’s paws of breeze as they strained towards the finish.
In the end it was Law Connect who claimed the runner-up prize, with the unlucky Scallywag drifting over 20 minutes later at a speed of less than a knot.
The ‘real’ race for the overall IRC handicap winner is now wide open. The leading TP52s have 100 miles to go and will benefit from the daytime land wind. But there are plenty of smaller yachts now in ‘top ten’ positions still crossing Bass Strait and with more than 200 miles to sail.
As is usual with the Hobart Race, fortunes will change dramatically from hour to hour and it may be another two days before we know this year’s winner.
– anarchist David