Tasmania’s Team Whistler has taken out the Three Peaks endurance race after a dark and foggy run up Hobart’s Mount Wellington.
The five person crew skippered by David Rees finished at Constitution Dock just before midnight, completing the running and sailing event in three days, eight hours and 41 minutes.
Skipper David Rees says it was a tough slog despite the team having more than an hour lead going into the final run.
“The thing about this race is that you never know until it’s over that you’ve done all right,” he said.
“I mean anyone could have sprained an ankle, it was the worst mountain conditions that we’ve had.”
It was runner Jacqui Guy’s first win after competing in 12 Three Peaks races.
She says team work proved the key to this year’s success.
“We’ve had the sailors out running for over 12 months, the runners have been sailing for over 12 months. We’ve been practising rowing, kedging, boat safety, man-overboard,” she said.
“Its been a big team effort so it’s really good to win it as a team.”
Race chairman Alistair Douglas says the Whistler team earnt their win in the gruelling event.
“It’s a small boat but they’ve shown that they can beat some of the larger boats, not by running record times or sailing record times, but by being consistent throughout.”
“They’ve certainly had to earn their position, they’ve served an apprenticeship,” he said.
Team Deguello finished in second place.
The Whistler team will now compete in the UK’s Three Peaks race in about 10 weeks.