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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.’

 

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Elizabeth Street Pier is the site of celebration and commiseration today as the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race 2006 was finalised.

 

After four days at sea the first nine yachts have finished within just over four hours.

 

Matt Hannaford’s No Fearr, having duelled with Sally Rattle’s Archie during the night on the South East Cape and across Storm Bay, took the lead in the Derwent River to finish at 9:45am.

 

Sally Rattle is the best performed female skipper in the history of the race.

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At 15:12 this afternoon the lighthouse keeper at Maatsuyker Island David Dow has reported two yachts rounding the South West Cape. 

He has visual contact with the two lead yachts in the Melbourne to Hobart race, No Fearr and Hasta la Vista and describes them as being almost on top of each other. 

David is the lighthouse keeper on the Island and with his wife Lynne describes the experience as amazing.  He and Lynne can’t wait to come back again after this stint finishes in February.  He tells that there ‘a lot of interesting stuff to do.’ 

At last we have the rounding point in sight and some wind to help us get there.

Good spirits on board again - sunny, all well fed and the boredom of the "doldrums" past.

Full speed ahead!

Don Fraser

Reported at 5pm tonight. Five boats are rounding Maatsuyker Island now with a changed order. No Fearr in the lead and powering away in the building breeze. Following:ArchieVarta Spirit of DownunderIcefire Hasta La Vista These four boats are so close you could throw a handkerchief over them. It is anyone’s race at this stage and building to an exciting climax.