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Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI claims line honours in the Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast race

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In the closest finish in more than 15 years, the Oatley family’s record-breaking supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, has claimed line honours for the sixth time in the 384 nautical mile Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Race. The 30-metre long, silver-hulled racer knifed its way across the finish line off Main Beach soon after sunrise; and only 3m 31s behind was the similar sized Black Jack, owned by Peter Harburg, out of Brisbane. These two yachts started life as near-identical Reichel-Pugh designs in 2005. Harburg purchased Black Jack from a European owner earlier this year, shipped it to Sydney and had it modified just in time for this race. Light to medium headwinds made what was the 32nd staging of the…

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SUPERMAXI YACHT “WILD OATS XI” RETURNS TO OCEAN RACING IN THIS WEEKEND’S LAND ROVER SYDNEY GOLD COAST RACE

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Australia’s most successful ocean racing supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, will return to competition tomorrow as a starter in the 384 nautical mile Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast race. The 30-metre long, silver-hulled racer, which is owned by the Oatley family, made a dramatic exit from the Rolex Sydney Hobart race last December when the hydraulic mechanism controlling the canting keel failed. Wild Oats XI was leading the fleet mid-Bass Strait when the incident occurred. The cause for the keel failure was confirmed after the yacht limped back into Sydney Harbour and was lifted from the water. “We did exhaustive tests on every piece of the hydraulic keel mechanism to make sure this was a once only problem,” said the…

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SAILING - Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Regatta Yacht Race 2016

WILD OATS XI HOLDS A NARROW LEAD IN THE ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART RACE

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After a terrible start in the 72nd edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, line honours favourite, Wild Oats XI, had clawed her way back to a narrow lead in the 88 yacht fleet late this afternoon. The latest indications from the race tracker indicated that the 30-metre long supermaxi, which is going for her ninth line honours in 12 starts in the classic, was holding a one nautical mile advantage on latitude over arch rivals Scallywag (Seng Huang Lee) and Perpetual LOYAL (Anthony Bell). However, Wild Oats XI held the advantage of sailing directly down the rhumb line (the shortest course) while her rivals were on a more easterly track. All three yachts were averaging between 23 and 25…

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