Wild Oats in historic Sydney-Hobart triple crown

RNW archive

This article is part of the RNW archive. RNW is the former Radio Netherlands Worldwide or Wereldomroep, which was founded as the Dutch international public broadcaster in 1947. In 2011, the Dutch government decided to cut funding and shift RNW from the ministry of Education, Culture and Science to the ministry of Foreign Affairs. More information about RNW Media’s current activities can be found at https://www.rnw.org/about-rnw-media.

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI on Saturday completed a historic Sydney to Hobart triple crown with organisers declaring it the overall handicap winner to go with its line honours and record time.

Its main competition in the handicap standings, which takes into account the dimensions of each boat in the 76-strong fleet, along with age and other factors, was expected to be Jazz and Calm.

But winds turned against them and they failed to finish fast enough.

"@WildOatsXI is officially declared the overall handicap winner. First team in history to claim a treble twice! Congrats," said the official Twitter site of the prestigious 628-nautical-mile bluewater classic.

In claiming all three milestones, Wild Oats XI emulated the feat it achieved in 2005 and becomes the only yacht ever to secure two trebles.

The only other boat to boast the treble is British yacht Rani, but her record was set in the first race in 1945.

Wild Oats XI smashed its own record time by nearly 17 minutes in taking line honours Friday ahead of Ragamuffin-Loyal.

The Mark Richards-skippered 100-footer completed the gruelling race, which takes crews across the notorious Bass Strait, in one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds for its sixth victory.

It also won every year from 2005 to 2008 and in 2010.