The overall victory in the Sydney to Hobart race is claimed by the Tasmanian yacht Alive.

A second overall victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race was secured by Alive, despite their best sail blowing out on the first day. The 66-footer, skippered by Duncan Hine, reached Constitution Dock in first place on corrected handicap time. With no competitors able to surpass their mark, Alive’s crew was awarded the prestigious Tattersall Cup on Saturday morning.
In 2018, Alive claimed the handicap title, making it only the second Tasmanian yacht to win two overall titles, following in the footsteps of Westward in 1947 and 1948. Hine praised Alive, considering it the best mini-maxi around, solid as a rock, and durable compared to modern counterparts. Unfortunately, some anxiety arose when the decision was made to sail further off the coast after the Boxing Day start. They lost their best sail, which should have been replaced before the race.
Hine highlighted the invaluable contribution of experienced navigator Adrienne Cahalan, who now boasts three overall wins and six line honors victories in her 31 races. He lauded her meteorology degree and superior understanding of the weather systems. Alive crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of two days, two hours, 19 minutes, and four seconds, approximately seven hours behind line honours winner LawConnect.
A total of 39 yachts completed the race out of the initial fleet of 103. The casualty count increased to 17, with Helsel 3 retiring after diverting to Port Arthur due to undisclosed damage. The remaining competitors face squally conditions and a storm, with gale wind warnings in place for waters off Tasmania’s lower east and south-east coast.
Gunshot, a 52-footer skippered by David Walsh, had to be towed by a police vessel after mainsail damage forced their retirement. The crew requested a tow as they could only sail at one knot. The yacht is now safely anchored off Flinders Island until weather conditions improve. The two-handed yacht Sylph VI, skippered by Bob Williams and accompanied by his cat Oli, is expected to arrive after the new year, trailing behind the rest of the fleet.
(Source: This article was amended on 29 December 2023. A previous version misnamed Duncan Hine as “Darren Hine”.)

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