'A sprint followed by a dawdle' aptly describes the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race. Perpetual LOYAL smashed Wild Oats XI's 2012 record by nearly five hours, and by day two, a quarter of the fleet looked set to beat that time as well. However the Derwent had other ideas... the breeze petered out and the fleet drifted in.
Above: the fleets underway. Top: Sean Langman makes a perfect start.
Photos by John Jeremy.
RSYS was well represented in both boats and crews - see the list below for results.
Paul Clitheroe of Balance, last year's winner, commented: 'What a contrast. Last year our overall victory was based on surviving the southerly gale, which seemed to go forever. This year we pulled up our big A4 as we turned south and had it up for some 48 hours of our 52 hour race!
'We were delighted with 4th overall and 1st in Div 1, a strong defence of our title. We were even more pleased to be having a beer in Customs House in Hobart after only racing for a bit over two days.'
Another previous winner, albeit 50 years ago, was Fidelis. Nigel Stoke had crew shirts made up emblazoned with '1966 Winners 2016 Grinners'.
'Winners are Grinners, but only just...' he said on his return. 'We made it to Hobart in record time with a PB for Fidelis of three days nine hours. This is close to one day faster than the line honours winning time in 1966!
'We experienced the odd challenge along the way including a broken boom mid Bass Straight that slowed us down some three or four hours.'
Overall Class Winners
Perpetual LOYAL- Anthony Bell NSW
(Also setting a new race record of one day 13 hours 31 minutes and 20 seconds, beating Wild Oats XI’s record in 2012 by four hours 51 minutes and 52 seconds.)
Giacomo – Jim Delegat, New Zealand
UBOX – Bin Wang, China
Imalizard – Bruce Watson (RSYS), NSW
Cromarty Magellan- Richard Grant, TAS
RSYS Boats and Results
Abracadabra – James Murchison
A 14.33m Tripp 47 yacht Designed by Bill Tripp. There were 10 on-board.
Line Honours – 51st
PHS Division 2 - 6th
PHS Overall – 8th
Balance – Paul Clitheroe
A 15.9m Farr Tp 52 with 13 on-board. This Tp 52 has won the Sydney Hobart twice before as well.
Line Honours - 12th
IRC Division 1 - 1st
Fidelis – Nigel A Stoke
A 18.1m long Knud Reimers 61. There were 8 on-board and Fidelis last raced in a Sydney to Hobart in 2006.
Line Honours - 82nd
ORCi Division 2 - 10th
Imalizard – Bruce Watson
The first Sydney to Hobart for the 11.8m long, Welbourn 12. With 6 on-board.
Line Honours - 40th
PHS Overall – 1st
PHS Division 1 – 1st
Springday Pazazz – Rob Drury
A Cookson 12 of 11.9m in length with 11 on-board. The boat competed in last year’s Sydney Hobart but sadly had to retire due to mainsail damage.
Line Honours -33rd
IRC Division 2- 1st
Chinese Whisper- Rupert Henry
A JV 62 designed by Judel Vrolijk and is 18.9m long. Coming off hot from a win in Division 0 at the 2016 Sydney Gold Coast race. 17 on-board.
Line honours - 9th
IRC Division 0 - 7th
ORCi Division 1 - 7th
Maluka of Kermandie- Sean Langman
It was the first yacht under 9.5m in length to finish the race. This year the smallest and oldest yacht in the race being a 9.01m Ranger, designed by Cliff Gale and had 6 on-board.
Line honours - 76th
IRC - 12th
IRC Division 4 – 1st
Jackpot- Adrian Van Bellen
A J/122 of 12.2m in length with 10 on-board competing in their first Sydney to Hobart.
Line honours - 65th
ORCi Division 3 – 9th
Philosophers- Gordon Ketelbey and Peter Sorensen
A Cookson 12, 12m in length with 11 on-board. It was the first Hobart for the boat.
Line honours - 53rd
IRC Division 2 – 9th