Ichi Ban seeks elusive Hobart landmark

Matt Allen will resume his quest for an elusive again-to-again all round title with Ichi Ban in the Sydney to Hobart when the fantastic race will get underway on Sunday.

Allen’s steady TP52 Ichi Ban took all round honours in 2017 and 2019, but it is really been 57 decades given that any boat reached the feat in successive races.

Allen will the moment once more deal with formidable opposition from a substantial-excellent mid-sized fleet which involves a range of other former handicap winners.

Among the the TP52s is Quest, which received the race in 2008 and yet again in 2015 less than the title Balance, and also Gweilo.

Of the even larger boats, the 66-foot 2018 winner Alive is again for another crack though the 72-foot URM is also tipped to carry out perfectly.

Among the the lesser yachts the 34-foot White Bay 6 Azzurro is properly regarded.

“The conventional of the fleet in that mid-size is genuinely powerful, probably it will be the most effective regular that you see in any race in the world,” Allen told AAP.

“That’s true at the best close as perfectly, certainly the supermaxis, even to have 3 is amazing.

“You will find an array of other boats in that 60 and 70 (foot selection) and then scaled-down than us.

“There is boats all above the store that are a whole lot more persistently sailed than they were being two or three years in the past.

‘”The common has greater drastically and folks have been modifying their boats a great deal.

“A large amount of the things we did for the duration of the winter season, a couple of boats have copied presently. You should not they say copying is a type of flattery?

“There is a great deal of persons tweaking their boats a ton far more and increasing their sail wardrobes and the high-quality of the crews are up.”

Allen, who has also suffered his share off disappointments throughout 30 former Hobart campaigns, mentioned having the best boat and crew was no warranty of profitable the prized overall title.

“We know that this is rather a prevalent prevalence in this race and that’s the beauty of this race,” Allen mentioned.

“Which is what helps make this race so challenging to earn and this kind of a big problem for the reason that you want unquestionably almost everything to make it come about.”

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