Wild Oats XI rounds Tasman Island

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 28 Dec 2006 19:39:00
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If Wild Oats XI takes line honours, it will be only the sixth time a boat has done it back-to-back and the first time since Astor in 1964.

The 30 metre maxi Wild Oats XI has just rounded Tasman Island, 40 nautical miles from the finish line of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and 22 miles ahead of second-placed Ichi Ban.

If the south to south-easterly wind of around18 knots holds, Wild Oats XI should be able to hoist a spinnaker soon after rounding Tasman for her final run to Hobart and the finish line at Castray Esplanade. The crew of Wild Oats XI has given the race centre an ETA across the finish line of 10.30pm tonight.

If Wild Oats XI  takes line honours, it will be only the sixth time a boat has done it back-to-back and the first time since Astor in 1964.
Skandia has just lost second place to Ichi Ban in their intense match race down the Tasmanian coast. As Wild Oats XI rounded Tasmania, Ichi Ban crept past Skandia.

Wild Oats XI is about 16 hours outside her record for the race.

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