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WILD OATS XI – A RACE AGAINST TIME FOR THE START OF THE ROLEX SYDNEY-HOBART RACE

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The international effort to have the 30-metre long supermaxi yacht, Wild Oats XI, repaired and on the start line for next month’s Rolex Sydney-Hobart  race took a major step forward today with the replacement of a large part of the yacht’s damaged deck. Highly qualified composite construction specialists took much of the day to fit an 8 x 3 metre section of deck. The pre-fabricated structure replaced the deck area between the forward hatch and aft hatch which was damaged when the yacht’s mast broke during a trial race two weeks ago. A local and international effort swung into place immediately after the incident in a bid to have the record-breaking yacht on the start line for the 75th Hobart…

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Wild Oats XI – clearing hurdles for Hobart

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A lightning fast and very professional response by the highly experienced crew aboard the supermaxi Wild Oats XI when its mast failed at the weekend saved the yacht from the likelihood of considerably more damage. The 30-metre long sloop, which is recognised as the most successful yacht in the 75-year history of Rolex Sydney Hobart race, went close to being dismasted while leading the fleet in the 180-nautical mile Cabbage Tree Island race out of Sydney on Friday night. The yacht was two hours into the race when a solid splintering sound signalled that the 45-metre high carbon fibre mast had fractured at deck level. The mast then tilted at an alarming angle and threatened to crash over the side….

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It’s anyone’s prize in the race for line honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart race

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Mark Richards, the skipper of the supermaxi Wild Oats XI in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, was despondent but not depressed late today after a tactical change of course was impacted by an unexpected change in wind direction, which in turn led to the yacht losing distance on its three line honours rivals. “It is still anyone’s race as there are more than 250 nautical miles to go, “ Richards said. “But it is very much a guessing game when it comes to trying to decipher what is going to happen in these light conditions over the next 12 to 24 hours. There is every chance that the race for being first to Hobart will go down to…

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