Rolex Sydney Hobart - It has been rated the toughest 'Hobart' in 10 years, and once again Line Honours has been won by the McConaghy built Wild Oats X1 a Reichel Pugh 30m super maxi. This latest achievement by the Bob Oatley owned flyer, notches up its fifth victory in six years after surviving punishing gale force winds and sea conditions.
WILD OATS XI, Sail n: 10001, Owner: Bob Oatley, State: NSW, Division: IRC, Design: Reichel/Pugh 30
Mark Richards Skipper of Wild Oats X1, said that 'the going was tough, the boat and crew revelled in these conditions'.
87 boats started the race, 18 boats retired with varying degrees of damage.
All three McConaghy Boats in the race came through with flying colours, finishing in the top ten. Wild Oats X1 first, Loki eighth, Rodd & Gunn Wedgetail ninth (6th Place overall on Handicap).
LOKI, Sail n: AUS 60000, Owner: Stephen Ainsworth, State: NSW, Division: IRC, Design: Reichel Pugh 63
McConaghy Boats have now won seven out of the last nine races, Wild Oats X1 (5) Alfa Romeo (2) which is a testimony to the craftsmanship and skill which goes into every McConaghy Boat.
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RODD & GUNN WEDGETAIL, Sail n: AUS 11888, Owner: Bill Wild, State: QLD, Division: IRC, Design: Reichel Pugh Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Start