Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 Line Honours drama


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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2011 Line Honours drama

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race 2011. In a drama filled race Mark Richards and his Wild Oats XI crew, looking for their sixth line honours win, sailed out of the breeze under a large cloud and Anthony Bell's Investec Loyal team sailed around their floundering rival and into the lead. It took the Oats XI team 12 hours to regain the lead.

WILD OATS XI heads for the first weather change on the first night - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011  © Rolex/Daniel Forster


Yesterday afternoon as the two boats headed for Tasman Light, again a passing lane presented itself for the Investec Loyal crew.

INVESTEC LOYAL exits Sydney Hobart - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

Just 15 miles from the corner Wild Oats XI slowed and for the second time in the race Stan Honey and Michael Coxon directed the boat around the struggling leader.

Investec Loyal cut inside Oats and for more than 30 minutes she had substantially more breeze. Wild Oats XI's three mile lead quickly became a two mile deficit.

With just 39 nautical miles to go across Storm Bay, past Iron Pot and up the Derwent River, could Loyal hold off her rival?

The Sail-World Team was on the water to provide blow by blow reports of the final stage of this Line Honours battle.

Investec Loyal, the Greg Elliott designed supermaxi did hang on she was first to finish the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, beating the race favorite, Wild Oats XI by less than a mile

The official margin was 2m 10 secs, both boats finished well outside the race record.

After she finished Investec Loyal was advised that she was being protested by the Race Committee for receiving Outside Assistance. Details of the case were made public by Garry Linacre, Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, at an impromptu media conference in Hobart.

The incident relates to an alleged casual conversation from a key crew member to a helicopter as to the sails being carried by Wild Oats over 36 hours earlier at 6.30am on Tuesday, 30 nautical miles south of Merimbula on the NSW south coast.

The description of the incident in the protest lodged by Race Committee Chairman, Tim Cox reads: 'Audio recording of conversation between ABC helicopter and Investec Loyal. Crewman from Investec Loyal seeking information from the helicopter of the sailplan in use on Wild Oats XI, In particular information as to whether Wild Oats XI was flying a trysail. This is assessed to breach 41 by soliciting help from an outside source.'

We take you through the following drama.

Now the dust has settled, our focus will swing back to the main game, the handicap racing across the IRC, ORCi and PHS fleets, so check with us again soon.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



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Sail-World,
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