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2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Start

December 26, 2015

Click to access the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race here and follow Reichel/Pugh’s entries: RP100 Wild Oats XI owned by Robert Oatley and skippered by Mark Richards, built by McConaghy and launched in 2005 (now retired due to torn mainsail); RP78 canting keel performance cruiser Lupa of London owned by Jeremy Pilkington, built by Baltic Yachts and launched in 2000 (now retired due to bow damage); and RP40 Chutzpah owned by Bruce Taylor, built by Hart Marine, finished 2nd overall last year; and Victorian yacht, Primitive Cool, owned by John Newbold and also built by Hart Marine. Reports say over 500k spectators on the harbour on this gorgeous day.

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With her distinctively slim and elegant hull, Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI has taken line honours in eight out of the last ten Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races. In collaboration with Reichel/Pugh, her original builders McConaghy Boats have recently completed her most radical evolution yet. On the eve of the 628 nautical mile 2015 RSHYR on December 26th, McConaghy TV shared a film about forging this new reality.

Wild Oats XI Evolution Video



Title photo © Brett Costello