Oh you know, just hanging out with 20 million dollar boats, we all do that everyday....right?!?! HAHA!
Last year Dad and I were in Sydney when the Sydney to Hobart race started on Boxing day. This year we were in Hobart and got to see quite a few boats finish.
We got to walk around and see all the boats that had already finished, the huge ones and the clippers that were sailing the world. This year Comanche crossed the finish line first, Ragamuffin 100 crossed second and Rambler crossed third. Comanche and Rambler are American boats, and Ragamuffin 100 had the oldest skipper out there. Their skipper was 82 years old and had actually done the race 47 times before this. They have a handicap rule thing, so the boat that actually won the overall honors was a $25,000 boat bought on a credit card, named Tattersalls. A lot cheaper than the $20,000,000 Comanche that crossed the line first.
It was really neat how they let all the spectators really be a part of everything. At one point I looked up and the announcer was standing beside me announcing the boat that was coming in to finish.
The atmosphere around Hobart was great. They had a food festival going on while all the boats were coming in. This year, the first night was a really rough night. 34 boats had to drop out, including the winner of the 2014 race. Check out this video News corp Australia, GoPro, and Craig Greenhill put out about what it is actually like to be on a boat.
Still want more? Click here for interviews from people on this boat.