Posted: Dec 28, 2013 1:28 AM
Updated: Dec 28, 2013 1:28 AM
HOBART, Australia (AP) Defending champion Wild Oats XI has taken line honors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record-equaling seventh time, winning by more than 30 nautical miles Saturday.
Wild Oats, owned by wine mogul Bob Oatley, who is head of the Australian syndicate challenging for the next America's Cup, crossed the finish line in the 628-nautical-mile race in 2 days, 6 hours, 7 minutes.
Wild Oats set the race record last year when it finished in 1 day, 18 hours, but light winds this year left that mark well out of reach.
The other yacht to win seven Hobart races was Morna/Kurrewa IV, the first time in 1946 and the last in 1960.
Perpetual Loyal, another super maxi, was expected to finish second.