"Loyal" won line honours, beating the old record by nearly five hours, and travelling the 628 nautical miles (1,163km) in one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds (a sea voyage on a sailing ship between the two cities in the 19th Century took anything from two to three weeks).
Tasmania turned on typically unpredictable Hobart weather for the winner - 15°C, steady rain and dull, grey overcast even though it's the middle of summer. Two days earlier it was clear skies and mid-30's C (90's F).
The stern of the winner:
From the other end, with the public turning out in raincoats and umbrellas to gawk:
Note the state of the two Rolex stickers on the bow - that boat must have been cutting a fearsome bow wave to rip them up like that.
And then a reminder of why Tasmania is one of the best places on Earth to live - this is the Tasmanian Premier and his family after they walked right past me as I was photographing the boat, being all but ignored by everyone else, with no security, not even a sole policeman, just heading off to the food stalls as many of the other spectators were doing:
Just to show the indifference to having the leader of the State amongst them, that's him in the background (in his checked shirt with half-rolled sleeves, hands in pockets), just above the sail boom of the winner by the yellow stepladder, on his own, just checking out the boats:
I can't imagine too many other places where this sort of thing would be allowed to happen as a matter of course.
I took both the X-T1 with a 100-400 lens and the X-T2 which I alternated the 90/2, 23/4 and 10-24. The lenses not in use I kept in my rain jacket's pockets, and the cameras slung bandoleer-style, one on each hip. Everything got wet to some degree (I was a bit more careful with the two non-WR lenses), but nothing ceased to function and I'm positive this is about as wet conditions that I'd ever spend two hours in the open with the cameras at any time, and they performed perfectly.