Wild Oats XI smashes record
WILD Oats XI has smashed the race record to claim the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race in stunning fashion on the weekend.
The Wild Oats crew beat the previous record by nearly three hours, arriving at Keppel Bay Marina in 24 hours, 22 minutes and 20 seconds.
The previous record for the race, which is now in it's 5th year was 27 hours, 11 minutes and 22 seconds.
Shortly after arriving in picture-perfect conditions on Saturday about 12.20pm, Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards said it was a great race.
“We had a fantastic race,” Mark said.
“(It was) a glorious day, postcard sailing and a good way to get to Hamilton Island.”
“We enjoyed it so much last year we had to come back this year.”
The race was between 32 yachts over 348 nautical miles.
Peter Millard's Lahana cruised in at 3.30pm on Saturday, the TP52 Wot Eva at a cold 3.28am on Sunday in a 6-8 knot breeze, while Stewart Lewis' Marten 49 Ocean Affinity came in at 6.12am.
But the bulk of the fleet in the fifth annual Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race was expected to finish last night.
Principal race officer Denis Thompson said: “It was exciting to see Oats XI finish in such perfect conditions in this race and beat the record. Some of the sailors will now head off to Airlie Beach then onto for the Hamilton Island Race.
Wild Oats XI came in at 12.22pm Saturday
Lahana came in at 3.30pm on Saturday
TP52 Wot Eva came in at 3.28am on Sunday
49 Ocean Affinity came in at 6.12am on Sunday
Farr 40 Bribie Star came in at 12.47pm on Sunday