27 Dec '12, 10pm

Wild Oats XI Takes 16 Minutes 58 Seconds Off Rolex Sydney Hobart Record

Wild Oats XI Takes 16 Minutes 58 Seconds Off Rolex Sydney Hobart Record

The time difference was a long one in terms of how the crew would have been feeling in those last 16 minutes of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race. Could they or couldn't they? At 5 am today, Wild Oats XI's 2005 record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds seemed out of reach, but at about 7 am, her dashed hopes were revived, and as the minutes ticked by, her chances improved. Initially, skipper Mark Richards and his crew were a tantalisingly 40 minutes outside the record time and were expected to finish at about 8.30 am. However, as the clock ticked, the super maxi picked up speed to around 15 knots and her finish time was upgraded to 8.00 am, then 7.50 am, 7.36 am, 7.23am and 7.13 am with five nautical miles to go. The breeze eased. Richards ordered a bigger headsail to keep it moving, which ended with their record victory. It remains...

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