Published: Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Roger Hickman’s Farr 43 Wild Rose has been confirmed as the overall winner on corrected time of the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Completing the 628-nautical-mile Rolex Sydney Hobart race in 3 days, 7 hours, 4 minutes and 43 seconds, Wild Rose arrived with a corrected time that proved insurmountable for the yachts drifting through a faltering breeze to Hobart.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 Finished 2 

Hickman acquired Wild Rose in 1991 from Bob Oatley, the owner of the 100-foot Maxi Wild Oats XI.

Oatley, who sailed the race three times with Hickman, witnessed his Wild Oats XI crew make history with an eighth line honours success meanwhile Wild Rose claimed the race’s most significant prize. “Fantastic, wonderful, surreal, it hasn't sunk in,” says Hickman, a Hobart native. “I am so elated. Every sportsman old and young loves the feeling of competing and winning.”

Wild Rose, a 29-year-old boat, has a crew of 14 including six female sailors as well as family members including Hickman’s sister Lisa, and brother Andrew, both sailing the race for the first time.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 Finished 3

Passionate about the competition, Hickman admits he is a driven, fierce competitor. Claiming victory in the 70th edition of the race carries an extra satisfaction for Hickman, a keen student of the race’s history and 38-time competitor. “I am pleased to have done more than half of the 70 races,” he says. “This year is a big milestone, it shows the creativity of the people 70 years ago, the enormous efforts that have gone in.”

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 Finished

A driving force for so many competitors in the Rolex Sydney Hobart is that the handicap system provides any boat a theoretical chance of victory. Hickman and his skilled crew sailed the boat hard to its full potential and pushed relentlessly to maximise her speed. Nights at sea were short and resources deployed skilfully.

However, the fatigue is already forgotten as Hickman and his crew toast a historic Rolex Sydney Hobart success having received the Tattersall’s Cup and Rolex timepiece for etching a unique place in sailing history.

Across the finish line shortly after 1500 Australian Eastern Daylight Time Dec 30, after just over four days of racing, Southern Myth was the final yacht to complete the 2014 race. Out of 113 total starters, 103 boats finished.