Sydney to Hobart ends in Derwent cliffhanger as LawConnect pips Andoo Comanche at finish line


Perennial bridesmaid LawConnect has claimed Sydney to Hobart line honours, coming from behind to pip fellow supermaxi Andoo Comanche in a thrilling river finale.

LawConnect, runner-up in the past three events, crawled across the River Derwent finish line not long after 8am (AEDT) on Thursday.

The pair, who were neck-and-neck the whole race, played cat-and-mouse in light winds as they neared the finish line.

LawConnect crossed less than one minute ahead of Comanche.

Comanche had taken a narrow lead into the River Derwent after holding the advantage down Tasmania’s east coast on Wednesday night.

LawConnect has sensationally overtaken Andoo Comanche in the final moments to snatch line honours in the 2023 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) December 27, 2023

LawConnect, skippered and owned by Christian Beck, was first out of the Heads in Sydney on Boxing Day after a dramatic start to the 628-nautical mile bluewater classic and the retirement of fellow supermaxi SHK Scallywag. 

The closest finish in Sydney to Hobart history came in 1982 when Condor of Bermuda beat Apollo by a mere seven seconds.

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