The Australian team of Wild Oats XI won the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record-equaling seventh time on Saturday.
The 100-foot super maxi, owned by Sydney winemaker Bob Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, crossed the finish line in a time of two days six hours seven minutes and 27 secs.
Richards said: “It was a really tough race, you know. As you all saw from the start, an exciting start and into the first night we fell into a bit of a hole and didn’t do a very good job, you know and we fell a long way behind (Perpetual) Loyal, so, much to our disappointment, but you know what, the next morning it all just started to come together.’‘
It was Wild Oats’ seventh victory from the last nine editions of the race.
They equal the record held by Morna/Kurrawa IV, which won seven races between 1940 and 1960.
Perpetual Loyal, owned and skippered by Anthony Bell, took second place a little over 3 hours and 12 minutes behind the winners.