At 9.45 this morning No Fearr the Matt Hannaford’s Cookson Farr 39 from the Mornington Yacht Club has taken Line Honours in the Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race.
As they went into last night five yachts lay within four miles of each other, the tactical game was afoot. During the night Hannaford and his crew put themselves in front and just tried to stay there.
“We had a plan to be first in and we had the jump on them and we knew we had the right boat for the conditions. It really freshened around Maatsuyker Island, got in front of them and just changed back half a gear and just managed to stay in front.
We weren’t stressing the boat, every other time we had bolted on them and pushed the boat and pushed the crew the wind would just make us start again. So we just thought we would just stay in front and keep it all even.’