It’s all wrapped up in the Wyndham Harbour Melbourne Hobart for another year.

This year’s race was marked by a chaotic start to the event which resulted in two protests that are still to be heard.  The videos that were posted on the ORCV Facebook page have had in excess of 140,000 hits and were the talk of all 3 fleets in Hobart (see below if you missed them). The fleet left the heads in very light conditions which stayed that way for the rest of the day. The fleet gathered pace overnight and all the fleet were at the top of Tasmania by the morning.

The rest of the race was marked by three groups of boats that seemed to be kept to together by elastic bands; as soon as one got away, it would be slowed by the next wind hole and this would bring the group together again.

Up the front it was Cadibarra 8 and Lord Jiminy who were locked together and the outcome was decided as they approached the finish line and then only by 7 minutes. Lord Jiminy crewed by Chris Barlow and Jamie Christensen, managed to keep in front of the fully crewed Cadibarra 8 until the dying stages of the race. These two finished early on the 30th.

The next group was Jaffa, Arcadia, One for the Road, Addiction and Double Trouble, who finished some 16 hours later, after the wind closed down.  One for the Road was slowed in the race initially, as they broke their steering. The first fix was not successful but by day two, they had it repaired as good as new. The compression and expansion of this group allowed One for the Road to get back in the group. Jaffa lead this group home, followed by Arcadia, Addiction, One for the Road and Double Trouble. Well done to Arcadia for winning the battle of the Archambault 40 battle with One for the Road.  This group was separated by only twenty seven minutes.

The final group was Yoko in her 35th. Melbourne to Hobart, Alien and Blue Chip.  The lead changed at least 10 times and every time you thought one boat had a decent lead, the wind Gods would slow the leader down allowing the others to catch up. This group crossed the line within 7 minutes, which is unbelievably close racing after over 3 days.

So thanks to all the skippers and crews who made this year’s race a great spectacle.  Thanks to all the volunteers, major sponsor Wyndham Harbour and a big thank you to Grant Dunoon for the great tracker.

Results

Melbourne Hobart Race

IRC

  1. Cadibarra 8 Paul Roberts
  2. Double Trouble Jordan Sunkel-Lozell and Leeton Hulley
  3. Alien Justin Brenan

AMS

  1. Cadibarra 8 Paul Roberts
  2. Alien Justin Brenan
  3. Double Trouble Jordan Sunkel-Lozell and Leeton Hulley

PHS

  1. Cadibarra 8 Paul Roberts
  2. Lord Jiminy Chris Barlow Jamie Chritensen
  3. Yoko Robin Hewitt

Navigator of the winning Yacht - Cadibarra 8 Brian Murphy

Novice Skipper- Lord Jiminy Chris Barlow

First woman to reach 25 Hobart races - Patricia Peart

Sovereign Series, AMS, IRC and PHS- all won by Cadibarra 8

Scroll down below for videos and photos.

2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster Finish ABC TV News 30-Dec-16
 

ABC TV News bulletin on Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race finish 30 December, 2016

 

2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart & Devonport - ABC TV News 27-Dec-16
 

The ABC News coverage of the start of the 2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport ocean yacht races.

ABC TV Reporter Cameran Best reporting form onboard ORCV Media Boat.

 

2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart & Melbourne to Devonport races start from Committee boat
 

Exciting and chaotic start in the 2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport races, which resulted in two protests. Footage from the Committee Boat.

 

2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart & Melbourne to Devonport races, pre-start and start
 

Activities surrounding the start of the 2016 Melbourne to Devonport and 2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne to Hobart West Coaster yacht races. Includes footage from the Press boat of the exciting and chaotic start in the 2016 Wyndham Harbour Melbourne Hobart and Melbourne to Devonport races, which resulted in two protests.

Video Camera: Keving Manning and Ian MacWilliams
BYS Rib/Media boat driver: Phil Beattie
Photographer: Karen McCloskey
Production: Ian MacWilliams

 

IMG 2906Cadibarra Crew Louise Cotter, Mark Geels, Helen McRae, Dennis Jeffries, Paul Roberts(Skipper), Iain Davidson, Matt Fahey, Kim Girdler, Brian Murphy

      

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Justin Brenan Alein Double Trouble Jordan Sunkel-Lozell and Leeton Hulley
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Yoko Robin Hewitt  Lord Jiminy Chris Barlow and Jamie Christensen
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 Trisha Peart first woman to reach 25 Hobarts The 10 year Hobart club

Cadibarra

Cadabarra 8 The Soveriegn Series Winner

 Cadibarra    LordJiminy
 Cadabarra 8    Lord Jiminy
 Jaffa    Arcadia
 Jaffa    Arcadia
 Addiction    One for the road
Addiction    One for the Road
 Double Trouble    Alien
 Double Trouble    Alien

 

 BlueChip  Yoko
 Blue Chip  Yoko

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