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Delegat joined by sons in Sydney Hobart

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/12/2016 By Warwick Barr

New Zealand wine industry leader Jim Delegat has spoken about what it means to have his two sons compete with him in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

He owns the Volvo 70, Giacomo and this is the third time Giacomo has competed in the 628 nautical mile race.

The last time was 2014 when the elder of his two boys, Nikolas, who turned 20 in November, joined him as an 18-year-old.

Nikolas was in the news this year when the sentence he received for the assault of a police officer was criticised for being light.

As a University of Otago student he knocked unconscious a police constable and assaulted a Campus Watch staff member during a drunken scuffle outside a bar.

He was sentenced in September to community work and ordered to pay $5000 emotional harm reparation to the police officer. He publicly apologised.

Nikolas Delegat says he's very keen to get back out and compete in the Sydney to Hobart this year.

When he was on board Giacomo in 2014 the yacht lost its mast and didn't finish.

Both sons grew up learning to sail as toddlers at Kohimarama Yacht Club. Initially they sailed Optimists, Jim Delegat says in a interview published on the race's website.

Younger son, James, is along for first time, having turned 18 on December 11.

"I know that Nikolas and James can crew well on Giacomo, but it is more the occasion and being in the company of a high performance team that makes it very special for them and me," Jim Delegat says.

Both sons have done the Coastal Classic, Auckland Fiji and inshore series.

James Delegat is just hoping to finish the race and improve on the yacht's sixth over the line result in 2013.

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