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How record pace for a 1/4 of the field has turned into a torturous wait to cross the line, READ MORE:

How record pace for a 1/4 of the field has turned into a torturous wait to cross the line, READ MORE:

When Scallywag docked at 4:30am yesterday morning three boats had reached Hobart well inside Wild Oats XI’s 2012 record - Perpetual LOYAL had smashed it by nearly five hours – and at one stage on Tuesday morning, 24 yachts, more than a quarter of the fleet, was ahead of Wild Oats XI’s position at the equivalent time during her record run. A race of breathtakingly fast reaching and running with just the mildest of fronts Monday night to interrupt the sleigh ride. But with Scallywag came the rain and the Derwent River shut down. Nothing. Breathless. A tortuous 11 miles of drifting and clawing to the finish line. And there is unlikely there’ll be much breeze in the river until after mid-day today. So the usual stream of boats at this time in the race has turned into a trickle. Just five more boats finished overnight. By 5am there were still just 18 tied up in Hobart. Ironical...

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