For Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race has been a great success, with three high profile, high performance race yachts, completing the grueling 628 mile race course, securing places in the top finishing fifteen boats.
Most notably, PCT reports Matt Allen’s, PCT built Carkeek 60, Ichi Ban put in a fine performance, placing 6th over the water and second place in IRC Class Zero, following an incredibly tough and close race against the slightly longer Chinese Whisper.
The two boats had stayed in touch with each other, pretty much throughout the race and ended up match racing their way up the Derwent River in the closing stages of the race.
“There was hardly a time in the whole race when we couldn’t see them,” Allen said. “We didn’t plan it, we sailed our own race, but they have that extra waterline length and a slight ratings advantage over us so we always knew they were going to keep track of us. They did that the whole race, even tacking up the Derwent River. We tacked, they tacked.”
Over the course of the race, PCT explains that the boat and crew, were sorely tested, with an extremely tough first night at sea, which saw 25% of the fleet retire. Following this, Ichi Ban benefited from fast ‘running’ conditions, off the breeze, which really suits the Carkeek 60, before a fast moving cold front, tore across the race track, resulting in a second testing period of upwind sailing in 45 knots of wind.
Despite these rough conditions, the Carkeek 60 completed the course in one piece and came very close to delivering the much vaunted first place.
In addition, the PCT built, Carkeek 47 “Indian” and the newly launched Mills 45 “Concubine” have also delivered on the water, coming home in 11th and 14th places overall, whilst in IRC division 1, this translates to 4th & 6th spots respectively.
”We are delighted with the results these boats have achieved,” comments Max Waimer, Technical Director at Premier Composite Technologies. “This year’s race has been the toughest since 2004 and it is a credit to our team that these boats have completed the course in full race mode, with limited damage and no retirements, giving our owners a real shot at winning these demanding trophies.”