Sydney yachtsman Bob Steel with his state-of-the-art 46-footer, Quest, is the Overall Winner of the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The veteran sloop Zeus II, skippered by another Sydney yachtsman, Jim Dunstan, on his 25th Hobart race missed out on an historic second win by a mere half mile after 630 nautical miles of exhilerating sailing.
Zeus II, a Currawong 30 launched in 1979, had to finish by 10.08am today to displodge Quest, a state-of-the-art Nelson/Marek 46 that this year has undergone a major upgrading of its rig and sails.
Zeus II crossed the line at 10.16.28 this morning, just 4 minutes 47 seconds short of winning Overall.
Provisional third Overall is the Sydney 38, Another Challenge, skippered by veteran Victorian yachtsman Lou Abrahams on his 40th Hobart race.
The Overall and Divisional provisional results for the IMS and IRC divisions of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will be announced by the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania at Constitution Dock at 3pm this afternoon.
The Sydney 38 One Design results will also be announced, along with the provisional PHS results if all yachts have finished.
Zeus II rounded Tasman Island at 1.50am and plugged away
The Lord Mayor of Hobart, Rob Valentine, will present the Tattersalls Cup to the Overall winner and Rolex flags to the Overall and division winners and placegetters