‘A Portrait of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race’ by Mark Richards

Wild Oats XI is a maxi yacht most famous for being eight-time line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The yacht’s success is renowned, thanks in part to its skipper, Australian Mark Richards, who has been at the helm for over ten years and knows this offshore classic well.

High seas and powerful winds make the 628-nautical mile course from Sydney to Hobart a formidable challenge for any sailor. For Richards, there is no place in the world he would rather be.

Organized by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in collaboration with the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, this 628 nautical mile offshore race requires meticulous preparation, honed skills and resolute determination just to finish.

With over 100 yachts, including 30 overseas entries, expected to cross the start line at 13:00 AEDT on 26 December 2016, everything is in place for another exceptional chapter in the history of this classic race.

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