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Third Sydney-Hobart Race Overall Victory for Howth's Gordon Maguire

28th December 2017
In the groove. Matt Allen’s new TP 52 Ichi Ban, with Gordon Maguire as Sailing Master, on her way to overall victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2017 In the groove. Matt Allen’s new TP 52 Ichi Ban, with Gordon Maguire as Sailing Master, on her way to overall victory in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2017 Photo: Rolex/Borlenghi

Gordon Maguire, originally of Howth Yacht Club but now well established as a leading figure in Australian sailing, looks set to be confirmed for his third overall win in the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Race this (Thursday) morning writes W M Nixon

Although most of the fleet still had to finish, as Sailing Master aboard Matt Allen’s new TP 52 Ichi Ban, Maguire had the satisfaction of hearing his skills praised as a primary factor in a fine win after a very hard-fought race.

While they were the leading TP 52 from an early stage, sail damage hampered their progress. And then this morning as they came into the final flukey stages in the Derwent River with a good margin in hand, a local calm patch had them parked for 20 minutes within sight of the line.

But they got going again and in the end their elapsed time of 1 day 19 hours and 10 minutes proved to be a course record for a boat with a non-canting keel and no water ballast, despite being only a 52-footer.

As for their corrected time of 2 days 12 hours and 13 minutes, this gave them a clear margin of 21 minutes on the next in line, another TP 52, the much-fancied Quest (Paul Clitheroe & Bob Steel).

Other sailors of Irish interest who have come in within the top ten include Dublin-born Noel Drennan aboard the American Volvo 70 Wizard, who can expect to be at least sixth overall and possibly better, and top navigator Ian Moore on the Italian Cookson 50 Mascalzone Latino 32, currently rated eighth overall but again with a chance to rise in the rankings if boats still at sea are slowed back.

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