Wild Oats wins Sydney-Hobart race in record time

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI enters open water after sailing out of Sydney Harbor in rough conditions on December 26.

Story highlights

  • Wild Oats XI breaks its own record to win Sydney-Hobart yacht race for sixth time
  • Finishes in time of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds to claim victory
  • Second-placed Ragamuffin Loyal avoids time penalty after ruling over start incident
  • Living Doll becomes the first yacht in 76-strong fleet to withdraw, suffering broken rudder
Wild Oats XI claimed a sixth victory in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Thursday after producing a record time to see off the opposition.
The super-maxi crossed the line with an official time of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds to claim victory in the prestigious 628-nautical mile bluewater classic.
It broke its own previous record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds, which it set back in 2005.
It also won the race every year from 2005-08 and in 2010 but last year was narrowly beaten by Investec Loyal, which finished a distant second this time under the new name of Ragamuffin Loyal.
"Last year we were beaten by by three minutes, which was very disappointing. This year we beat them by much more," skipper Mark Richards told the race's official website after coming home with 45 nautical miles to spare.