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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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