“It all shut down on us,” Wharington said, having started in a brisk sou-wester in Sydney. “What can you do? You just have to keep turning up.”
This is the third time he has taken line honours, but George Snow’s record eludes him. Skandia, flying its huge Code 0 spinnaker, finished the race in light winds and a smooth sea.
The next boats - Steven David’s Reichel/Pugh 60 Wild Joe, Stephen Ainsworth’s Loki, John Woodruff’s Seriously TEN and Leslie Green’s Ginger were expected to finish in the next few hours.
Wharington will choose either Mark van Gelderen (34) or Edward van Lierde (30) as the Dutch member to join the crew of his Volvo 70 Brunel in Baltimore when it re-enters the Volvo Ocean Race later this month. Both were on Skandia for the Gold Coast race.