Goldfinger close to victory

Goldfinger holds a massive lead over the rest of the fleet in the Melbourne to Hobart yacht race, and is closing in on winning the race.

Peter Blake’s Sandringham-based yacht entered Storm Bay, south of Hobart, on Saturday morning holding a lead of more than 100 nautical miles from her nearest challenger.

Dry White is currently in second place, with Matrix third and Seven50 in fourth place.

Goldfinger’s huge leads means she is a good chance to claim handicap honours as well as line honours in the east coast classic. She is expected to reach Hobart either late morning on Saturday or early afternoon.

The fleet is much more congested in the race to Hobart via the west coast of Tasmania, as eXtasea, skippered by Paul Buchholz, held a lead of nine nautical miles over Tevake II, with Cadibarra 8 a further six nautical miles back.

The leading boat has rounded South West Cape.

The first of the westcoaster boats are not expected to reach Hobart until Saturday afternoon at the earliest.

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