Adrienne Cahalan has become the first woman to contest 25 Sydney to Hobarts.
Adrienne Cahalan has become the first woman to contest 25 Sydney to Hobarts. ANDREW DRUMMOND

Light winds slow Sydney to Hobart fleet

WHILE the frontrunners hit Hobart in record time, less than a third of the 72nd Sydney to Hobart fleet had made it to Constitution Dock as the race entered its third full day on Thursday.

Light, shifty conditions on the east coast of Tasmania and then areas of calm on the Derwent River have significantly delayed the fleet.

With just 20 boats moored, the New Zealand yacht Giacomo looks the goods to claim the overall win.

On Thursday morning it held a lead over the 100-footer Perpetual Loyal and the Chinese boat Ubox in the handicap race.

Perpetual Loyal, Giacomo and Scallywag were the only three boats to make it in before the wind died out on Wednesday.

So bad were the conditions some yachts had to throw an anchor out to prevent themselves from going backwards in the current.

One yacht to make it to Hobart overnight was Ragamuffin, carrying navigator Adrienne Cahalan, the first female to do 25 Sydney to Hobarts.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH


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