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The conditions continue to be very bad for the boats still sailing and many of these are small boats that are among the slower:

"“Boat breaking”. That’s how Andrew Wenham, skipper of the VO70 Southern Excellence II described the seas off the Tasmanian coast when he arrived at Constitution Dock this afternoon.

“The sea is coming from everywhere; the north-west swell is joining up with the new south-west swell, so it’s very shallow, very choppy,’’ he said.

“Four and five meter seas, big waves, a lot of them breaking. I would be seriously worried about the smaller boats that are still at sea tonight and tomorrow.”

Wenham said that during the last hours of the race, Southern Excellence II was seeing consistent 30 knot winds, which is pretty much what they expected, but it was the gusts that made it tricky.

“We got up to 45 knots, possibly up to 50 if you watched it that closely,’’ he said.

The good news for the boats still at sea is that Matthew Thomas from the Bureau of Meteorology does expect things to get a little bit better, but still from the south west.

“Over the next six to 12 hours there’ll be 15 to 25 knots,’’ he said early this afternoon.

“As the boats get closer down to Maria Island winds will increase again. Currently there are gale conditions down there, wind speeds of around 30 to 35 knots for the southeast and lower east of Tasmania.

“There’s winds of 25 to 30 knots in Storm Bay, but they’re easing back and conditions will improve later today.”

Seas, not the wind, the big problem for the boats still at sea - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2013

It seems that a Victoire, a Cookson 50 raced by Darryl Hodgkinson will won the race in compensated time.

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