Mark Richards, the skipper of line honours contender, Wild Oats XI, in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which starts tomorrow, is expecting this year’s race to be as much a tough test of tactics as boat speed.
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Wild Oats XI, the most successful yacht in the long history of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, will start in the classic on Boxing Day with the most efficient sail plan it has carried since first competing in the event in 2005.
The Australia National Maritime Museum is offering visitors the opportunity to climb on board Wild Oats XI as it visits the museum this Australia Day weekend. From 26 – 28 January visitors can discover what life on a high-seas racer is like by speaking to representatives of Wild Oats XI who will be conducting tours of the vessel. Guided tours will run from 10am – 12pm and 1 – 4pm. Numbers will be limited to 10 people on board at a time and for safety Wild Oats XI will only be open to visitors 10 years old and above. Entry is included with the museum’s Big Ticket which allows unlimited access to everything the museum has open on the…