Anger Management crew heralds second successful race

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The crew of Anger Management FLG is celebrating the completion of its second-consecutive Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race entry.

The vessel placed fifth in Division 4 and finished hours ahead of its 2018 time.

This year was the 75th anniversary of the iconic Boxing Day event, with more than 170 yachts entering.

Boat owner and skipper, Tim Stewart, said the crew had an average first night, making a few errors, but managed to get back on track on day-two as the wind picked up.

"It ebbed and flowed quite a bit, but all in all we were quite a few hours quicker than we were last year," he said.

The 10-member crew found the sheer number of vessels alongside them a spectacle to behold.

"Throughout the night you could see lights everywhere. In the daytime you could see on the horizon that there were boats everywhere," Mr Stewart said.

"Even when we came into the finish, when you get to Tasman Island, there were boats coming from all different directions. They were all converging."

While the crew didn't have a professional navigator, they drew on their experience from 2018 and took advantage of state-of-the-art technology.

"We had a better system. Full internet the whole way and a new satellite navigation gauge," Mr Stewart said.

"This gave us up to date weather files, so we knew exactly what was going on and we were able to make decisions based on that information."

Along the way the sailors faced a few challenges including close encounters with sunfish, a broken rudder, a ripped kite that had to be sown back together and periods with no wind.

However, they also enjoyed hour-long periods of full-speed sailing, at times in total darkness.

Mr Stewart said he was unsure whether or not Anger Management would enter the 630 nautical mile course again.

"You never know what next year's going to bring," he said.

"So we'll just wait and see. We'll make that decision next year."

The crew thanked its major sponsor Freight Lines Group and all of its other sponsors for their support.