Ichi Ban declared the handicap winner
The 52-footer was the eighth yacht to cross the line, but beat Quest by 20 minutes in the handicap rankings calculated according to size.
Wild Oats crossed the line in record time late on Dec. 27, but an international jury handed the crew a one-hour penalty after Comanche protested over a near-collision between the 100-footers early in the race. It is just the third time the result of the annual race, which has been held since 1945, was decided by a protest, and the first since 1990.
“These guys go to the ‘nth’ degree to push the boat so hard in incredibly challenging conditions,” he told reporters.
“You cannot imagine how rough and how wet these boats are to sail at that speed through the ocean.”