Black Jack takes out line honours in the 2021 Sydney to Hobart
Its official,…Supermaxi Black Jack has taken out line honours in the 2021 Sydney to Hobart yacht race, in a dramatic and an incident filled event.
It was however the slowest line honours time since 2004,..and Comanche still holds the record set in 2017 with one day 9 hours and 15 minutes. As mentioned in yesterday’s report,.. dozens of yachts retired early because of the heavy seas and stormy conditions.
Black Jack a Monaca flagged yacht crossed the line after 2 days, 12 hours, and 37 minutes, arriving just after 1:30am.T
The yacht was skippered by Mark Bradford who admitted that both He and yacht owner Peter Harburg had been working 0n the win for over 14 years. Black Jack held and then extended its lead over Law Connect and Scallywag in the final hours of the race as they moved down the coast of Tasmania towards the Royal Yacht Club in Hobart.
Harburg said that “We had a couple of minor things went wrong but this is a professional sailing team and this is a well-prepared boat” and further said that getting through the first night “was a combination of good luck, good management and a good boat.”
“These are really complicated boats and it’s hard to keep on the water … the preparation, the time that we put into this project really shines through in those conditions,” he said.
LawConnect finished less than three hours later with a time of 2 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes.
SHK Scallywag crossed third only 19 minutes after Law Connect!
Skipper of third-placed Scallywag, David Witt, said:
“The crew did an amazing job, we probably don’t deserve to have a 100-footer here in the condition the boat ended up in the first night so it was a credit to the team that the boat got here,…We broke the J2 tack coming out of the harbour, and then we broke it again. The two times cost us about 20 miles.!”