Black Jack promises Sydney to Hobart victory

Supermaxi Black Jack has gained line honours in the 76th edition of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

The Monaco-registered 100-footer crossed the River Derwent complete line at about 1.37am (AEDT) on Wednesday.

Skippered by Mark Bradford, Black Jack held the guide for the the vast majority of Tuesday’s racing off Tasmania’s east coastline acquiring trailed out of Sydney Heads on Boxing Day.

LawConnect, a prior line honours winner as Perpetual Faithful in 2016 and Investec Loyal in 2011, appears established to finish next in advance of Hong Kong’s SHK Scallywag.

This year’s fleet was decimated by rough seas on Sunday and Monday, with 36 of the 88-solid starting off field pressured to retire.

Black Jack earlier claimed line honours in the 628 nautical mile bluewater typical in 2009 under the title Alfa Romeo.

It completed fifth in the most current Sydney to Hobart in 2019 and was second to Wild Oats XI by just 28 minutes in the 2018 thriller.

Black Jack navigator Alex Nolan explained to media early on Tuesday the crew experienced decided to sail outside the rhumb line, the line on class representing the shortest distance, and were “pushing it difficult”.

It is a single of the slower Sydney to Hobart races in current memory, a long way off Comanche’s 2017 file of 1 working day, 9 several hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds.

Crew from all ships are necessary to finish quick antigen COVID-19 exams and return a destructive final result in advance of they’re allowed to disembark in Hobart.

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