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Quest’s rare double in the history
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - News Update
12:04 AEDT December 29, 2008
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One of Sydney’s most successful yachtsmen, Bob Steel, today completed a rare double in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race when his latest Quest was declared the overall winner of the 2008 race, the winner on corrected time.

For that he receives the ‘sailors prize’, the Tattersall’s Cup, the trophy he first won in 2002 with a previous Quest, a Nelson Marek 46.
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Bob Steel and crew onboard his TP59 Quest, receiving the Tattersalls Trophy for their overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008.

Photo © Peter Andrews.

Bob Steel and crew onboard his TP59 Quest, receiving the Tattersalls Trophy for their overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008. Photo copyright Peter Andrews.
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"I am humble about the double. To win it twice is sensational, the fight was pretty daunting," said Steel.

His third and latest Quest is a TP52, with which he had already won the 2008 Skandia Geelong Week and finished second in the 2008 Audi Sydney Gold Coast Race.

Steel’s crew is one of the most experienced in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in terms of the number of Hobart races completed - 170 between 14 crew.
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Bob Steel’s previous Quest on Sydney Harbour ahead of the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. A a Nelson Marek 46, Steel had also won overall with this boat in the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Photo © Peter Andrews.

Bob Steelís previous Quest on Sydney Harbour ahead of the 2003 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. A a Nelson Marek 46, Steel had also won overall with this boat in the 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Photo copyright Peter Andrews.
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When told the news this morning by the Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Matt Allen, Steel replied: "We did our very best."

"Your best was good enough," Allen replied.

Quest crossed the finish line at 2pm on Sunday, four and half hours behind the line honours winner Wild Oats XI and at the head of the highly-competitive TP52 fleet that competed in the race.
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Bob Steel's TP52 Quest on Sydney Harbour during the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, a lead-up race to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008.

Photo © Peter Andrews.

Bob Steel's TP52 Quest on Sydney Harbour during the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge, a lead-up race to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008. Photo copyright Peter Andrews.
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Steel is a former tourism entrepreneur in Sydney and is semi-retired. He was named the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Ocean Racer of the Year in 2003 following that 2002 Rolex Sydney Hobart win and in the same year was named Australian IRC Offshore Champion.

His record with his latest Quest is equally impressive.

"This is the greatest sport in the world," Steel said as Allen presented him with the Tattersall’s Cup. "Anyone can take part in it - from the young to the very old, like me," he added.
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The Overall Winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008, Bob Steel, with his TP52 Quest.

Photo © Peter Andrews.

The Overall Winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2008, Bob Steel, with his TP52 Quest. Photo copyright Peter Andrews.
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"This has been one of the best and strongest fleets in a Hobart ever. To be in front of this fleet and to take home this amazing trophy and my second Rolex makes me proud of the crew and the boat," continued Steel.

Rolex Sydney Hobart first timer, Sydney based Quest crewman Stuart McCuaig, 26, was proud as punch this morning. McCuaig only joined the Quest crew this year and when the offer came up to do the Rolex Sydney Hobart he jumped at the chance.

Given there was still some uncertainty late yesterday about the provisional winner, Quest’s crew celebrations were fairly tempered last night, "we went out and celebrated being the first TP52 home" added McCuaig.
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Bob Steel and crew onboard his TP59 Quest, receiving the Tattersalls Trophy for their overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008.

Photo © Peter Andrews.

Bob Steel and crew onboard his TP59 Quest, receiving the Tattersalls Trophy for their overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2008. Photo copyright Peter Andrews.
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Previous Rolex Sydney Hobart multiple overall winners include GD Gibson in 1947, 1948;Trygve and Magnus Halvorsen in 1954, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1965; Vic Meyer 1956, 1962; Graham Newland 1958, 1960; Peter Kurts 1974 and 1978 (his boat Love and War won a third time in 2006); Lou Abrahams 1983 and 1989; Gary Appleby 1985,1990.

Official race website: www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
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