Wild Oats XI
Returning for the seventh year in a row, with skipper Mark Richards at the helm, Wild Oats XI is hungry for her sixth line honours win from seven race starts. Wild Oats XI currently holds the record for the most consecutive line honours wins – four - she surpassed Morna’s record of three in a row achieved in the 1946-1948 races when she won in 2008.
In her Rolex Sydney Hobart debut in 2005 this maxi with canting ballast twin foil (CBTF) took line honours in record time and won the Tattersall’s Cup – the only boat to take the trifecta since Rani in the first race in 1945.
In 2009, Wild Oats XI underwent extensive modifications to increase her overall length to 100ft, in accordance with the rule changes to extend the maximum length overall of yachts from 98ft to 100ft. Wild Oats also set a new race record for the Cabbage Tree Island race of 14hrs, 13mins, 35secs last year. She also claimed back to back line honours victories in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race beating Investec Loyal by a mere nine minutes.
|Yacht Name||Wild Oats XI|
|Skipper||Mark Richards (9)|
|Crew||A Cahalan (19), A Henderson (15), C Links, G Taylor (17), G Simmer, I Smith (11), I Burns (15), I Murray (17), J Hildebrand (7), J Whittaker (9), M Shillington (16), P Westlake (5), R Naismith (15), R Daniels (10), S Beavis (2), S Jarvin (23), S Runow (22), T Wiseman (5), G Belgiorno-Nettis|