LawConnect skipper Christian Beck’s surprise take on Rolex Sydney Hobart winner: ‘Want to buy it?’


LawConnect skipper and owner Christian Beck has doubled down on his take that his supermaxi is similar to a crappy car after defeating Sydney to Hobart heavyweight Andoo Comanche in a nail-biting race.

After winning the second closest Rolex Sydney-Hobart in history, Beck then delivered an epic speech, calling LawConnect a “s***box” and saying now was a good time to sell it.

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Beck said the victory was a “dream come true, and also confirmed he would return to defend the win.

“I can’t believe that result. Honestly … I never thought it was possible, actually,” he said.

He then gave his 100 foot winning yacht a surprising spray, doubling down on his pre-race take.

LawConnect skipper Christian Beck is tossed into the water at Constitution Dock after winning line honours in the 2023 Sydney to Hobart. Credit: Getty Images

“I know it looks good on TV but you go up close … she’s rough as anything. Comanche is a beautiful boat, it’s better in every way, it’s four tons lighter, etc,” he said.

“The fact (our crew) can make that boat beat Comanche is amazing.”

He jokingly wondered if anyone wanted to make him an offer for the boat.

“Do you want to buy it? It’s probably a good afternoon to sell it, when it beats Comanche,” he said.

“It’s probably the highlight of its career, I’m sure.”

He also sang the praises of sailing masters Tony Mutter and Chris Nicholson.

“Secondly, they had a pretty lean budget. Thirdly, they had five corporates including me on the boat to deal with, none of us know all that much about sailing. To have all of that but still win the race, it’s actually an incredible feat.”

LawConnect arrived in Hobart with a red protest flag flying after they slowed for 30 minutes for Comanche who they believed was in distress.

LawConnect sailing master Tony Mutter said they didn’t assert any wrongdoing on Comanche’s part, with the winners finishing in one day, 19 hours, three minutes and 58 seconds.

Comanche skipper and owner John Winning Jr said it was a “pretty painful” loss.

“We’ve got an amazing boat that should have won,” he said.

“The other guys sailed their guts out and left nothing on the table.

“They beat us with an underdog boat, those guys deserve all the praise they get.”

Winning Jr, whose two-year ownership of Comanche will come to an end after this race, lamented a slow start and getting caught in unexpected low pressure.

“It was one of the most epic finishes in probably any sailing race I know,” Winning Jr said.

“In the last three minutes I think the lead changed three times.”

– With AAP

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