Black Jack bet pays off with Sydney-Hobart victory

Nolan was one of Black Jack’s brains who crafted a strategy good enough to make their 100-footer stand up to the repeated challenges of Sydney supermaxi LawConnect, which crossed the line more than two hours later. Black Jack completed the 628 nautical mile race in 2 days 12 hours 37 minutes 17 seconds, making him the slowest Sydney-Hobart line winner since 2004, when Nicorette won in 2d16h0m44s. This was even slower than when Black Jack won in his debut in 2009 when, sailing as the newly launched Alfa Romeo, he beat Wild Oats XI in 2d9h2m10s. He glided leisurely through a dark Derwent to the finish line under a dramatic starry sky with only a handful of spectator boats for company and a modest but noisy crowd waiting on the waterfront. Nolan, a Sydney-based professional sailor, had his family at the quayside despite arriving at night. “It’s awesome,” Nolan said. “It’s an amazing feeling to come home to the winner.” I did my first Hobart with Pete in 2013 so I’ve been with the team for a long time. and we finally got there. It’s incredible. “This is my first victory. It took a while, but I finally checked that box. Black Jack skipper Mark Bradford missed the first 20 hours of the race to “get in touch” with Christmas lunch. “I had internal issues, mainly my stomach was coming out of my mouth,” Bradford said. “It might be in my DNA, but I’ll put it down to the conditions. “It’s great to get the win. Pete and I have been working on this for 14 years, so it means a lot. It was the first race Harburg missed on one of his yachts named Black Jack. ” It is very moving. How does that feel? We could both cry anytime, ”Harburg said. “It’s the grand prix of yachting in Australia, so it’s very special. rapid antigen tests and waited for the results. When they docked, a State Health representative climbed aboard to confirm 17 negative test results before the crew members could board the Kings Pier dock. The LawConnect crew did the same when they finished at 4:11 a.m. Of the 88 yachts that started the race on Boxing Day, 36 gave up after a brutal bashing in the first 24 hours. torn sails, damaged hulls, engine problems, damaged rudder, broken autopilot and a blown window. Ten yachts are expected to be home on Wednesday while the last boat in the fleet, the army sailboat Gun Runner, was listed as finishing on January 11. PREVIOUS: BRISBANE millionaire’s Black Jack supermaxi Peter Harburg was set to take home line honors in Sydney. at Hobart yacht race early Wednesday in what would be the most bittersweet win of his career. three of the 628nm race, before the 40nm drag race to the finish. Black Jack, which Harburg recorded in Monaco and won the Sydney-Hobart as Alfa Romeo in 2009, was set to win the Illingworth Trophy as the first Hobart Champion since 2019 and host the accompanying champagne celebrations. _ there is only one thing missing. “This is the first time that Black Jack has raced without me participating,” said Harburg. . I’m surprised we managed to push LawConnect off because they’re theoretically stronger upwind than we are. milk every knot of speed from their 40 feet. Three-time handicap winner Love & War (NSW) fell in the race for overall handicap and Quest (NSW), Celestial (NSW), defending champion Ichi Ban (NSW), Whisper (NSW) in the early hours of Wednesday . “If the breeze stops, which it can do, then their arrival will be a bit delayed,” said Cornish. “It will be an exciting ending. Black Jack and LawConnect are so close to each other. They are obviously fighting a big battle there.” We couldn’t pick a winner just yet _ nobody ‘established supremacy on the race track there. “I suspect it will be all the way through Storm Bay and maybe into the Derwent before we see someone come out ahead.” The Commodore said it would be “like the race started all over again” if Black Jack and LawConnect remain locked during the 11nm race from the Iron Pot _ the entrance to the Derwent _ for the finish. Sidewinder had a 12nm line on the NSW Disko Trooper yacht for two-handed line honors and was up to third place on the PHS handicap. Tasmanian journeyman Midnight Rambler (Ed Psaltis) was 33rd on the water out of the 42 remaining boats in the main fleet, sixth in overall handicap and second in IRC Division 4.james .bresnehan @ news.com.au

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