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Alfa Romeo wins Sydney to Hobart race

New Zealand supermaxi Alfa Romeo passes the historic James Craig on its way to victory in the Sydney to Hobart race.
New Zealand supermaxi Alfa Romeo passes the historic James Craig on its way to victory in the Sydney to Hobart race.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Zealand maxi Alfa Romeo eased to victory in the 65th annual Sydney to Hobart ocean yacht race.
  • Skippered by Neville Crichton, Alfa Romeo crossed the finish of the 628-mile race ahead of Australian maxi Wild Oats XI.
  • Crichton credited his team's victory to the fact they had made few mistakes having led from start to finish.
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  • Yachting
  • Sydney (Australia)
  • Hobart
  • Sailing
  • Australia

New Zealand maxi Alfa Romeo eased to victory in the 65th annual Sydney to Hobart ocean yacht race on Monday.

Skippered by Neville Crichton, Alfa Romeo crossed the finish of the 628-mile race ahead of favorite Australian maxi Wild Oats XI.

Alfa Romeo had led since they left Sydney Harbor on Saturday and was not threatened during its two days, nine hours and two minutes at sea.

Australian maxi Wild Oats XI finished 16 nautical miles behind in second place with British yacht ICAP Leopard a further 24 miles behind in third.

Crichton admitted he was taken aback by the large crowd which had gathered at the dockside to welcome his team home before he paid tribute to his crew.

"We didn't expect to see anything like this crowd. We're certainly honored," he told the event's official Web site wwwrolexsydneyhobart.com.

Making the least amount of mistakes won us the race.
--Alfa Romeo skipper Neville Crichton

"I'd like to thank the 21 guys in my crew. We didn't have any problems and I don't think there was any time in the race when we were passed."

Crichton continued: "There were occasions when we had to take a gamble and hope it paid off. We were very busy the whole race. There were occasions when there was a lot of breeze, and occasions when we drifted, so it made the race much more interesting.

"I don't think there was any part of the race that counted any more or less. We all had periods we were parked up. I think it was the advantage of making the least amount of mistakes of anybody that won us the race."

Wild Oats, who set the race record in 2005, was bidding for a fifth win, but trailed Alfa Romeo out of Sydney Harbor in the traditional Boxing Day start and was never able to get on terms with the leader.