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‘Nothing is set in stone until the finish gun’ – Nikki Henderson

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‘Nothing is set in stone until the finish gun’ – Nikki Henderson


No matter how technologically advanced our sport gets, it’s the humans that make the difference, says Nikki Henderson

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Race is a spectacle, with three start lines and a huge fleet of spectators. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

The Sydney Hobart race was a thrilling finish, with the leaders heading up the Derwent River. I was 455 mi east of Martinique in day 14 of my transatlantic trip, glued by updates from a erratic Starlink connection.

The race was second-closest in history. It never ceases amaze me that a race of 600 miles can be won or lost by mere seconds.

We’ve all said it before when racing (particularly when you are at the back!): “It’s not over, until it’s over. Anything can happen.” But it’s when we see a finish like that, where we are reminded that nothing is set in stone until the finish gun sounds. Things can change quickly – a breakage on one of the front runner boats, an underdog’s flyer suddenly paying off, or simple human error can make what seems impossible suddenly within grasp.

All sports have close finishes. But there’s something particularly engrossing…



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