The tailenders of the Indec Melbourne Hobart Race were treated to over 50kts of wind to the finish line

All 17 boats in the Indec Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race were at the Elizabeth St dock in Hobart by dark last night. Island Trader skippered by John Chatham was the last boat to finish the 480-mile race crossing the line at 2028 with Nick McGuigan and Gary Roswell’s Magazan 53 finishing 15 minutes before.

Conditions for the last 40 miles of the race allowed the tailenders to come down the Derwent River after rounding Cape Queen Elizabeth with breezes up to 50 kts. Earlier finishers didn’t benefit from these conditions and this allowed the final boats to influence the final places in the handicap divisions.

These finishing places have given the last boat over the line places in both the AMS and IRC divisions.

Tristan Gourlay’s Force Eleven, the only Tasmanian entry in the Indec Melbourne to Hobart Yacht race, finished eighth over the line late yesterday afternoon.

Final places (in each of the handicap divisions)

AMS 1st Wavelength (Keith O’Donnell)

2nd Island Trader (John Chatham)

3rd Rumbeat (Geoff Henderson)


1st Magazan 53 (Nick McGuigan/Gary Rowswell)

2nd Island Trader (John Chatham)

3rd VDO Ruthless (John Geist)

PHD 1st Rumbeat (Geoff Henderson)

2nd Wavelength (Keith O’Donnell)

3rd Magazan 53 (Nick McGuigan/Gary Rowswell)