LDV Comanche reported passing the Iron Pot @1952hrs, with an ETA still of 2100hrs. Wild Oats 11 reported passing the Iron Pot then at 1957hrs, but reported her ETA as 2039.
Black Jack, the supermaxi that lead them all out of Sydney Headsets yesterday a little after 1300hrs, declared rounding Tasman Island via HF radio @1958hrs, with an ETA of 2330. InfoTrack just rounded Tasman Island @2107hrs and provided an ETA of 2355hrs. Beau Geste rounded Tasman Island @2112hrs and provided an ETA of 0010. So it is bound to be either a busy night for the team at the finish line at Battery Point, or terribly frustrating for a lot of crews.
Back with the leaders and Crosbie commented live at 2047hrs., “On the wind with barely 3knots, and Wild Oats XI was 400m behind, but caught a zephyr as they both headed to the Western shore of the river. WOXI was moving, but Comanche was not.” Then at 2106hrs, “Wild Oats has pulled out a two ile lead with about three miles to go, and still has breeze. Comanche struggling.” By 2136hrs it was very sticky indeed, with maybe the occasional two-knot puff rolling along, but Wild Oats was abeam Sandy Bay, albeit on the Western shore and LDV Comanche was a good few miles further astern.
Of course, there is still the matter of the protest from just off Sydney Heads, should Wild Oats XI beat LDV Comanche across the line. Six hours to get the paperwork in from when you finish, International Judges to arrive by kerosene canary and it should be heard on 28/12/17 sometime…
At 21:48:50hrs AEDT, Wild Oats XI took Line Honours, a place she knows so well. Her time of 1:8:48:50 is the new mark, taking four hours. 42 minutes and 30 seconds off Perpetual Loyal’s time from 2016, and smashes last year’s record of 1:13:31:20.
by John Curnow/Crosbie Lorimer