Boxing Kangaroos win the Virtual Regatta TAG Heuer Vela Race

Boxing Kangaroos’ hotshot Gareth West in his boat BigBalls led his team to victory in the “TAG HEUER Vela Cup” finishing on May 30th. West came 3rd overall closely followed by BK Top Guns Volante, Wild Goats X1, Shockwave and GibDodger supported by a rampant mob of Boxing Kangaroos. “After an early lapse in concentration and an unscheduled visit to the rock of Gibraltar, it was always a catch up game. Such is the never say die spirit of the Boxing Kangaroos. The opportunity came when the leaders fell in a hole off Tunisia. Seizing the opportunity and sharing with my teammates word of the wind change. We skirted over the north of Africa sailing around the leaders to an unexpected but welcome comeback.” Really proud of my teammates”, added an elated West at the virtual Boxing Kangaroos bar after the race. Known as “Stevoo’s Bar” this virtual drinking hole is where many a Boxing Kangaroo race winning strategy is hatched.

The team performed at all the major strategic points of the race, at each mark rounding and split BKs had boats well positioned but crucially, after an advance weather warning early on Saturday morning from Adam (Shockwave), Gareth split from the main fleet and avoided the becalming many suffered and called for the team to follow.

And that was how it was won.

Press Release: The Boxing Kangaroos Win The Sydney Hobart Virtual Yacht Race 2020

In a tightly fought race The Boxing Kangaroos, an international team of virtual yacht racers, beat 549 teams in The Sydney Hobart late Monday night claiming first place in the Team standings. The individual race was won by taberly-TPN a racer belonging to the eminent TPN team from France.

In close second place came Boxing Kangaroo Gareth West from Perth, WA in his boat BigBalls.

The real Sydney Hobart was not sailed this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, 165,885 boats participated in the virtual race. The Boxing Kangaroos had 10 boats place in the top 60 and 12 boats place in the top 100 standings. 38 Boxing Kangaroos boats sailed in the race.

“This was a well-planned, brilliantly executed team victory that sends a strong message to all other teams that The Boxing Kangaroos mean business”, said West.

Virtual yacht racing has seen a surge in popularity since the onset of the pandemic with many sailors unable to get out on the water, but able to fulfill their desire for competitive yacht racing in a virtual sense.

“We are a close knit team of international racers from around the world. Our internal team communications systems and an attitude of intense competition with each other along with open sharing of weather analysis, race strategy and tactics give us a winning edge” added West.

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Team BK wins Sydney Hobart

What a race!  While we were all massively disappointed that the actual race didn’t go ahead, The Boxing Kangaroos lined up on the virtual start line in big numbers.  For many of us its our favourite race of the year.

Congratulations to Guf for an individual podium finish with a fantastic second place.

Well done to the whole team with a overall team ranking of #1 in the race.  The win shows the dedication and preparation that the Boxing Kangaroos put into these big events with online strategy sessions and big support between members.

A hugely impressive 10 BK members finished in the top 50 places and 12 in the top 100.