25 Dec '15, 8am

2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race - Wild Oats XI's 'secret weapons' ##s2h ##rshyr

Wild Oats XI owner, 87-year-old Bob Oatley, hands over the “voodoo stick” to skipper Mark Richards prior to the start of last year’s Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. &copy Andrea Francolini / Audi 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob and Sandy Oatley’s supermaxi, Wild Oats XI, will go to the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart race tomorrow with two “special weapons” on board – meat pies and the “voodoo stick”. Both are considered to be a vital part of the successful formula that has seen the 30-metre long, silver-hulled sloop become the most successful yacht to have contested the 628 nautical mile race; one of the world’s three ocean racing classics. “We can’t leave the dock without either good luck charm. They’re important parts of our arsenal” said the yacht’s skipper, Mark Richards, the man who has guided the Wild Oats XI to eight line honours, two handicap victories, ...

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