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Wild Oats XI claims Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours

Wild Oats XI smashed last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart record after crossing the finish line at 21:48:50 Wednesday (AEDT) - But is to be protested.

The new time of one day 8 hrs 48 mins 50 secs, takes 4 hrs 42mins 30 secs of Perpetual LOYAL’s time.

But will she hold on to line honours? Second placed LDV Comanche is flying the protest flag she raised after an incident after the start.

LDV Comanche must file her protest against Wild Oats XI within six hours of finishing.

Wild Oats Skipper Mark Richards conceded that the protest flag at LDV Comanche’s stern has cast a shadow over this result, but he is adamant it will come to nothing.

“I think we were totally innocent at the incident at the start. It is not the America’s Cup, it is the Hobart. The rules are different. I am not concerned at all.”

The protest will be heard by an international jury in the next two days.

Third to finish was Black Jack, fourth Infotrack, fifth Beau Geste, sixth Wizard, seventh Wild Oats X, and eighth Ichi Ban. Quest due to finish ninth . . .

There are still 90 other yachts out to sea competing for the overall win and the Tattersall Cup!

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