Rolex Sydney - Hobart Coming to an End

The Sydney-Hobart race has proved to be yet another tough one - starting off in fairly light conditions the fleet have been pounded with gale force winds for the latter part of the race.
Wild Oates XI has once again won line honours but, as yet, no overall winner has been announced.
Local sailor, Christian Ripard, was this year on board NIKATA - a Swan 82 - and they were 11th over the line behind  VARUNA and from what I have heard are 2nd in Class though I cannot say that is definitely correct. Below are some great shots taken from REGATTA NEWS.

Start of the race coming out of Sydney Harbour

NIKATA starting the long haul towards the Bass Straits

NIKATA surfing the waves 

Glad I am not on board !