Andrew Saies’ newly launched Beneteau First 40 Two True has been declared the overall winner of the 65th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race after a protest against him over an incident on Sydney Harbour soon after the start was dismissed by the five person international jury this afternoon.
“I’ve been dreaming of winning this trophy since I was 12 years old,” an emotional Saies said
Two True is only the fourth South Australian winner of the Tattersall’s Cup. The last was Kevan Pearce’s SAP Ausmaid in 2000.
The jury met at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania to hear evidence for an hour and a half and deliberated for a further hour before delivering their verdicts on five separate protests.
The protest against Two True relating to an incident on Sydney Harbour was dismissed by the International Jury.
The protest against Colortile relating to an incident on Sydney Harbour was dismissed by the International Jury.
The protest against She’s the Culprit relating to an incident on Sydney Harbour was dismissed by the International Jury.
Nick Athineos’ Beneteau 47.7 Kioni was disqualified from the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2009 by the international jury relating to an incident on Sydney Harbour.
The official prizegiving for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart will be held at the RYCT tomorrow morning, 11am.
By Lisa Ratcliff, Rolex Sydney Hobart media team