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12-27-2017

Wild Oats X1 Record Ninth Rolex Sydney Hobart Line Honors Victory Overturned, Comanche Declared Winner

December 27, 2017

Hobart, Tasmania (December 28, 2017) – Congratulations to Jim Cooney and crew of Comanche for being awarded line honors and the new course record in the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race. It was a tremendous battle between Comanche and Wild Oats XI. We are hopeful to see many more in futures races. We also would like to congratulate and cheer on all the crews who battled for the Tattersall Cup. Without these competitors the race would not be the spectacle that it is! Reichel/Pugh competitor’s included: the Oatley’s RP 100′ Wild Oats XI and RP 66′ Wild Oats X, Peter Harburg’s RP 100′ Black Jack, Bruce Taylor’s RP 40′ Chutzpah, and Tony Walton’s RP 46′ Hartbreaker.

Hobart, Tasmania (December 27, 2017) – Late Thursday evening,  the 12-year-old Reichel/Pugh-designed 100′ Wild Oats X1 took line honors for the ninth time since launching in 2005. Wild Oats achievement was quite remarkable, having trailed Jim Cooney’s much newer Comanche much of the race they found plenty of speed in the windy downwind conditions and in the light air up Tasmania’s River Derwent. Wild Oats XI smashed last year’s record of one day 13hrs 31mins 20secs by after passing Comanche and crossing the Castray Esplanade finish line 26 minutes and 24 seconds ahead, in the new time of one day 8hrs 48mins 50secs, taking 4hrs 42mins 30secs off Anthony Bell’s Perpetual LOYAL’s record. This is a record ninth line honours for Wild Oats and a third record as nobody in the history of the race has achieved this honour before.

VIDEO | Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017 – Downwind Class

Unfortunately, Wild Oats was involved in an incident of not keeping clear of her rival the 100’ Comanche exiting Sydney Harbour. Following a protest by the Comanche, an International Jury met on the 28th in Hobart and upheld the protest, imposing on Wild Oats X1 a one-hour penalty for failing to keep clear, stripping her of Line Honors victory allowing Comanche to secure the title.

“In the end, the race to be first home on the water came down to a single maneuver judged to have been mistimed.  Yet to remember the Line Honors for this reason would be and injustice.  This was yacht racing in its purest form. Man and machine against the elements in all their guises.” – courtesy of Rolex

Reichel/Pugh’s other 100’ design Black Jack, took 3rd overall after leading the fleet out of Sydney Heads.  Black Jack was originally Alfa Romeo and launched in 2005 taking 2nd in line honors to Wild Oats that year. Alfa went on to huge success in Europe and came home to take line honors from Wild Oats in the 2009 Hobart Race, after setting a new course record in the 2009 Transpac race.  Alfa was then sold to Europe as Esimit Europa which went on to dominate Maxi racing in Europe. She was this year sold to Australian Peter Harburg who renamed her Black Jack.

Black Jack leads out of Sydney Harbor on S2H 2017

Reichel/Pugh designs capped off a great year, our latest Wallycento design the 100’ Galateia won the Wally Class at the Maxi Rolex Cup in Sardinia and Galateia, and the 100’ Magic Carpet³ took 1st and 2nd place in the 2017 Wally Class Season’s Championship.For all information visit rolexsydneyhobart.com

More from The Guardian: “Wild Oats XI smashes record to win Sydney to Hobart race in thrilling finish”

source: Di Pearson, RSHYR media
image: Wild Oats XI was first across the line in battle on Derwent – ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi

Wild Oats X1 built by McConaghy Boats, Australia
Alfa Romeo built by McConaghy Boats, Australia
Magic Carpet³ built by Wally Yachts, Italy
Galateia built by Green Marine, UK

REICHEL/PUGH’S HISTORY IN THE 630nm ROLEX SYDNEY TO HOBART BLUE WATER CLASSIC:

  • R/P Yachts have won the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race Overall (on handicap) in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Since 1996 RP Maxis have taken Line Honors 11 times including a record four times in a row by 100’ Wild Oats XI in 2005-2008
  • R/P designs have reset the course record three times in 1996, 2005 and 2012
  • Wild Oats XI has taken Line Honors a record eight times in ten years (2005-2014)

2017 – 100’ Black Jack – 3rd in Line Honors – P. Harburg
2017 – 40’ Chutzpah – 3rd Division 2 (IRC) and 8th overall corrected time – B. Taylor
2017 – 66’ Wild Oats X – 4th Division 0 & 7th in Line Honors – The Oatley Family
2014 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish and 1st Overall – B. Oatley – 8th Line Honors Win In 10 Years
2014 – 40’ Chutzpah – 1st Class 2 (IRC) and 2nd Overall corrected time – B. Taylor
2014 – 52’ Scarlet Runner – 1st Division 1 ORCi and 2nd Division 1 IRC – R. Date
2013 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – B. Oatley
2012 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish & First Overall (Trifecta Win and Course Record Set: 1 day 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds)– B. Oatley
2012 – 63’ Mini Maxi LOKI – 2nd Overall & 1st IRC Division 1 – S. Ainsworth
2012 – 66’ Mini Maxi Black Jack – 3rd Overall IRC & 1st Overall ORCi – P. Harburg
2011 – 63’ Mini Maxi LOKI – 1st Overall – S. Ainsworth
2010 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – B. Oatley
2010 – 51’ Secret Men’s Business 3.5 – 1st Overall – G. Boettcher
2009 – 100’ Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – N. Crichton,
2009 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 2nd to Finish
2008 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish (Record 4th Consecutive Line Honors Win) – B. Oatley
2007 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – B. Oatley
2006 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish – B. Oatley
2005 – 100’ Wild Oats XI – 1st to Finish & Overall Winner Corrected Time (Trifecta Win and Course Record Set: 1 d, 18 h, 40 m and 10 s) – B. Oatley
2005 – 100’ Alfa Romeo – 2nd to Finish & 2nd on Corrected Time in Fleet – N. Crichton
2002 – 90’ Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – N. Crichton
1996 – 80’ Morning Glory – 1st to Finish (Course Record Set: 2 d, 14 h, 7 m, 10 s) – Dr. H. Plattner