The sight of Wild Oats XI storming up the Derwent River under black spinnaker, to take line honours, was certainly impressive, but other events beat it for sheer drama.

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This year everyone hoped for an answer to the question “Can a Volvo Open 70 beat a 100 foot?”, for Volvo Ocean Race winner ABN AMRO One had entered the Sydney Hobart.

It looked as though it might be close run, until both ABN AMRO One and Maximus dismasted. Maximus’ mast landed in the cockpit & several crew had to be airlifted to hospital.

The saddest event in the race was not, in the eyes of most Hobart followers, the demise of two line honours candidates, but the loss of one of the most beautiful boats in Australia.


Rob Mundle wrote “When the yacht they called ‘the floating Steinway’, the classic 38 year old timber sloop Koomooloo, surrendered to the Tasman Sea, a significant part of a glorious era in Australian ocean racing was lost.”

 

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