28 Dec 2011

Tactical battle on the Derwent predicted in Sydney to Hobart

6:00 pm on 28 December 2011

The Wild Oats XI navigator Ian Burns is predicting line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, to be decided by a tactical tussle on the Derwent River.

Wild Oats Eleven resumed the lead earlier today and now leads fellow supermaxi Investec Loyal by three miles.

Burns believes it'll be a battle in the Derwent for the first time since 1997, when Brindabella beat Exile.

He says changeable south-easterly winds of just seven to eight knots make it difficult to be confident about holding the lead.