Spectators tripods are lined up at Lady Macquarie's Chair ready for the annual New Years Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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Australian 52-footer Balance was Thursday crowned the overall winner of the Sydney to Hobart race, after overcoming the roughest conditions in years which forced dozens of yachts to retire.Quikpoint Azzurro finished up in third place overall with a time of four days, 18 hours, 37 minutes and 59 seconds, behind French 35-footer Courrier Leon, which reached Hobart after four days, five hours, 28 minutes and 53 seconds.Balance -- which won the race in 2008 under the name Quest -- had finished seventh in line honors with a time of three days, three hours, 50 minutes and 45 seconds.Some 108 yachts had left Sydney on Saturday, battling strong winds and punishing conditions as they headed towards Hobart's Constitution Dock on the island state of Tasmania, with more than 30 boats unable to complete the race.
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