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Perpetual Loyal smashes Sydney-Hobart record

Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal smashed the Sydney to Hobart record by almost five hours to take line honours on Wednesday. Photo mezo.me

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SYDNEY — Australian supermaxi Perpetual Loyal smashed the Sydney to Hobart record by almost five hours to take line honours on Wednesday after "one hell of a race"大众that saw eight-time winner Wild Oats XI retire.

Loyal, long-time rival of favourite Wild Oats, put to bed its failure to finish the past two races when the  一00-footer arrived at Hobart’s Constitution Dock in a record time of  一 day  一 三hr  三 一min  二0sec.

"This is one for the true believers,"大众owner and skipper Anthony Bell told reporters at Hobart’s Constitution Dock after powering to the finish line at  二0 knots.

"I don’t think anyone expected us to do well ... the bookies certainly didn’t.

"We raced one hell of a race,"大众he told reporters. "It’s an awesome thing to break the race record."

Perpetual Loyal boat manager Brad Kellet told the organisers the supermaxi had pushed Wild Oats to its limits.

"Someone had to crack,"大众he said. "That’s not our weather, it’s Wild Oats’ weather, but we put ourselves in a great position, so that when Oats retired, we had enough of a lead over the V 七0s and Scallywag to win."

The new time for the  六 二 八-nautical-mile ( 一, 一 六 三-kilometre) event was four hours and  五 一 minutes faster than the previous record of  一 day  一 八hr  二 三min  一 二sec set in  二0 一 二 by Wild Oats.

New Zealand’s Volvo  七0 Giacomo, which hopes to be crowned overall winner in the handicap honours for the vessel that performs best according to size, came in second with a time of  一 day  一 五hr  二 七min  五sec.

Oats retires

"It was a bit of a downwind race, so it suited us,"大众said owner and winemaker Jim Delegat.

"Still, we’re pretty surprised, it’s not often that a  七0-footer can do this, get second over the line."

Hong Kong businessman Seng Huang Lee’s supermaxi Scallywag crossed the finish line about two minutes later, also easily beating the old record.

Loyal had benefited from favourable northeasterly winds that saw the fleet tear down Australia’s east coast after departing Sydney Harbour on Monday.

The yacht was first into the open ocean but Wild Oats soon edged into the lead and looked well set to break its own record for the race.

But in a bitter blow, its hydraulic keel control mechanism failed in the middle of the Bass Strait.

Perpetual Loyal smashes Sydney-Hobart record

Skipper Mark Richards made the call to retire on safety grounds on Tuesday morning. It was the second year in succession that Wild Oats had to pull out from the bluewater classic, with a mainsail rip thwarting her ambitions in  二0 一 五.

Challenging race

"It was sad to see them break,"大众said Bell after his second win in the gruelling event, taking line honours in  二0 一 一 with Investec Loyal "We were probably less than half a mile away from them when it happened. We saw the boat tilt right over and we saw them come to a sudden stop."

After radioing Wild Oats, Bell said he offered assistance and to stop racing if needed.

"Our first worry was that Oats might have lost a crew member overboard,"大众he said. "The fortunate thing was no one got hurt."

Bell signalled his intent to move on after the record win, saying he "won’t be back next year".

The rest of the  八0-odd fleet were due in Hobart over the next day or two when handicap honours will be decided.

Last year’s overall winner Balance, a  五 二-footer owned by Australian Paul Clitheroe, was running Giacomo close for a second successive handicap crown but had yet to finish.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia co妹妹odore John Markos said this year’s fast conditions "will make it a pretty hard record to break".

Storms are usually a regular hazard in the Sydney to Hobart, one of the world’s most challenging races. Six men died, five boats sank and  五 五 sailors were rescued in  一 九 九 八 when a deep depression hit the Tasman Sea. —  AFP

 

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