Sailing - Sailing-Wild Oats win sixth Sydney-Hobart in record time

Dec 28 (Reuters) - Race favourite Wild Oats XI clinched their sixth Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Friday, beating their own race record.


The Mark Richards-skippered super-maxi, which had been pushed along for much of Thursday by strong northerly winds, crossed the finish line in Tasmania at 0723 (2023 GMT) to break their own record by just under 20 minutes.

Wild Oats set the record of one day, 18 hours, 40 minutes and 10 seconds in 2005 when they not only took line honours for the 628-nautical mile blue water classic but also won the overall handicap title as well.

Last year's winners Ragamuffin Loyal, who pipped Wild Oats to the line by less than three minutes last year, were about 50 nautical miles from the finish line in second place, though they will face a race jury later to determine whether they will be penalised for jumping the gun in Sydney on Wednesday. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by xxxxx)

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