To cap off the 2020 sailing season, Detail First, skippered by Hobart teacher Scott Broadby, was declared the overall winner of the TasPorts Hobart to Launceston Yacht Race 2020.
The crew of Detail First, still coming to terms with their success, accepted the silverware from Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, Governor of Tasmania, at the official prize giving presentation at the Derwent Sailing Squadron.
Detail First needed an entourage of trophy handlers after making an almost clean sweep of all handicap categories winning on IRC, PHS and AMS handicaps overall, and IRC, PHS and AMS handicaps in Division 2.
Duncan Hine and Luke Watkins, skipper and navigator of Alive, accepted the trophy for their line honours victory on behalf of owner Phillip Turner, while Mark Bayles, co-owner of Kraken 42s with Andrew Sinclair, accepted the trophy for the ORCi overall winner.
The Division 1 winner on IRC was Heatwave Brierley MC, skippered by Matthew Keal while Jazz Player, skippered by John Dryden, won Division 1 on AMS. Dream, the only interstate entry from Victoria, and skippered by Robert Green, took out Division 1 on PHS.
The presentations ended a dramatic race that saw two boats dismasted and retirements due to seasickness and rudder damage, coupled with some exhilarating and fast racing.
The camaraderie among the crews was palpable, as was the relief to be sailing in one of the most-watched offshore races for 2020.