Wild Oats News

Rolex Sydney Hobart race 2019 – more brains than brawn

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

The gear-busting, boat breaking reputation of the Rolex Sydney Hobart yacht race could be far from reality when the 628-nautical mile classic starts on Boxing Day, according to Mark Richards, the skipper of the 30-metre long supermaxi, Wild Oats XI. The three most reliable weather forecasts for the race all agree there will be a southerly change exiting Bass Strait and moving up the NSW south coast as the fleet heads towards Hobart. But, how strong it will be and from what precise direction remains unknown. “At this stage it appears the race will be more like a game of chess than a hard slog south,” Richards said today. “It will be a very tricky, tactical challenge in relatively light…

Read More

All systems “GO” for supermaxi Wild Oats XI in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

After five weeks of frenetic repair work, sometime around-the-clock, the supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI has been declared ready to race in the Rolex Sydney-Hobart race on Boxing Day. The declaration came from the skipper, Mark Richards, after the 30-metre long, silver-hulled racer completed a compulsory 24-hour qualification course off Sydney this week. “We went into race mode for that trial and returned to our base more than pleased with what we had experienced,” Richards said. “We couldn’t fault a thing.” Richards and his team are now turning their attention to putting sails and equipment aboard the yacht, and watching a very unusual weather pattern that is developing off Australia’s east coast. Incredibly, the pall of bushfire smoke enveloping Sydney…

Read More

Repaired supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, sets sail on overnight qualifier for the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

The supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, will today take another significant step forward in its challenge to be on the start line for this month’s 75th annual Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. Little more than a month ago the 30-metre long sloop suffered major structural damage while contesting the 180-nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island race out of Sydney. The yacht’s 45-metre high carbon fibre mast fractured at deck level and as a result a large part of the deck structure failed. Miraculously, through great skill, the crew was able to stabilise the broken mast and reach shore before the yacht suffered any additional damage. Subsequently, during the past five weeks Wild Oats XI has undergone a major rebuild at its dock in…

Read More