29 Dec 2012

Wild Oats wins Sydney to Hobart and sets new record

11:11 am on 29 December 2012

Super maxi Wild Oats XI has crossed the line first in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a sixth time and has broken its own race record.

Wild Oats finished just under 20 minutes better than her previous best time set in 2005.

The line honours win adds to victories in 2005 through to and including 2008 and 2010.

Wild Oats' crew had all but given up on breaking the race record after westerlies of 10-15 knots replaced the strong northerlies that had powered the boat to a position hours ahead of its record pace.

But, as tactician Iain Murray had predicted, Oats picked up the forecast southwesterlies and increased its speed as it tacked along the River Derwent.