The indigenous yacht Tribal Warrior heads for open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race on Sydney Harbour, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Chirsto)
Eight of the race's starting field of 157 were still making their way to the Hobart finish line on Tuesday afternoon.
Thunderstorms which crossed Tasmania on Monday reached those sailing down the east coast overnight.
"It was horrendous. We went sideways," said Wayne Jones, skipper of Tribal Warrior, which sailed with the first predominantly indigenous crew to compete in a Sydney to Hobart.
"We saw it coming and reefed down and put a small headsail on, but it was blowing 38 to 42 knots on rough seas. We got a full storm too."
Tasmania-owned Natelle Two had to make a stop at Triabunna on Tuesday morning to drop off an injured crew member who hit their head.
They were well enough to go home with family.
At just 30 feet long, less than a third of the size of line-honours winner Comanche, Gun Runner is second last with Take Five bringing up the rear.
Both are scheduled to bring in the New Year at sea and finish in Hobart on January 1, although that could change depending on conditions.
In the 75th edition of the blue water classic, Ichi Ban was on Monday declared the overall winner for the second time in three years.
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