Courtesy of Rolex World of Yachting
A thrilling contest for 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours went down to the wire with the fleet’s remaining four 100-ft Maxis offering a compelling spectacle and finishing within 42 minutes of each other. Having assumed leadership of the 628-nm race shortly after 04:00 AEDT on the second morning, Wild Oats XI extended her advantage down the Derwent River to cross the Hobart finish line in first place. Owned by the Oatley family and skippered by Mark Richards, Wild Oats XI extends her record number of line honours victories to nine. Peter Harburg’s Black Jack finished second on the water prevailing from an epic duel with last year’s line honours winner Comanche. The gap a mere 63 seconds. The spotlight now turns to who will claim the Tattersall’s Cup and Rolex timepiece as overall race winner.