A sport that still values sportsmanship:
Competition is tough in a Hobart race, but Konica Minolta proved that camaraderie between sailors is stronger.These boats are built to go fast, not take a pounding. Then again, every skipper has a legal obligation to render assistance to a vessel in need - unless doing so would endanger your own ship. These guys are several hundred miles off shore, and this race has a history of tragedy. (1998, 70 of 115 boats "withdrew," which means that they didn't complete the race, 5 boats sank, and several people died.)
"Skandia stopped to check any damage to the rudder and when Konica saw them stopped, they radioed and asked if they were OK," [a race spokesman] said.
It was only when Skandia radioed back an all clear that Konica Minolta continued her charge towards Hobart. The 30-metre super-maxi climbed to a lead of 9.6 nautical miles over Skandia by 11pm last night after 34 hours of racing.
The photo is of the boat in 4th place, AAPT.