Ichi Ban confirmed as overall handicap winner after Celestial's protest was rejected - petsitterbank

Ichi Ban confirmed as overall handicap winner after Celestial’s protest was rejected

Ichi Ban was confirmed on Saturday as the overall handicap winner of the grueling Sydney to Hobart yacht race, beating his rival Celestial, who finished faster but was punished with a time penalty.

It was the third Sydney-Hobart handicap victory for the 52-foot (15.9-meter) Ichi Ban, owned and skippered by Matt Allen.

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But the victory was overshadowed by the controversy over the sanction against Celestial, imposed after protests by Ichi Ban and the race organizers.

“Winning with Ichi Ban for the third time is incredible. It is always better, ideally, not to enter the room to decide, ”said Allen of Ichi Ban on Friday.

On Saturday, an international jury rejected an offer from Celestial to reopen the penalty hearing after it added an additional 40 minutes to the ship’s time on Friday, relegating it to second place.

The time penalty occurred because the Celestial crew did not respond to radio communication for more than an hour after a personal locator beacon on the yacht was activated by mistake.

Ichi Ban captain Matt Allen (center) with crew members Matiu Te Hau (left) and Tim Sellars (right). Image: Nikki Davis-JonesSource: News Corp Australia

Ichi Ban’s time, on the other hand, was shortened by three minutes because he had helped contact Celestial, even by activating a flare.

“I’m very, very disappointed,” said Sam Haynes, owner and skipper of the 52-foot Celestial, after the jury decided not to reopen the penalty hearing.

“None of us want technical problems that eliminate a result in the water.” Supermaxi Black Jack was the first to cross the finish line on Tuesday after competing in difficult conditions that forced many yachts to retire.

But the main award for sailors is considered the overall handicap distinction, which takes into account the size of the yachts.

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