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SOLAS Big Boat Challenge win Wild Oats XI

Wild Oats XI won the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge today on line honours for an epic ninth time after a close boat on boat match up with fellow maxis Perpetual Loyal and Scallywag.

There were plenty of lead changes over the entire race, right through the fleet, with Perpetual Loyal leading the early stages of the race, and Beau Geste up in third at times.

The fickle conditions kept us all on our toes!

Wild Oats XI wins the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

Wild Oats XI powering down Sydney Harbour – SOLAS Big Boat Challenge © Andrea Francolini Photography http://www.afrancolini.com/

Even though Chinese Whisper came home in seventh position out of the seven boats, they won the challenge on IRC.

Wild Oats XI wins the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

Super accomplished – Is this what everyone else will see on Boxing Day? – SOLAS Big Boat Challenge © Beth Morley – Sport Sailing Photography http://www.sportsailingphotography.com

Wild Oats XI wins the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

Gee. You’d better work you rotten thing… – SOLAS Big Boat Challenge © Beth Morley – Sport Sailing Photography http://www.sportsailingphotography.com

Wild Oats XI wins the SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

Up on the pointy end with Perpetual Loyal. – SOLAS Big Boat Challenge Beth Morley – Sport Sailing Photography© http://www.sportsailingphotography.com

Check out all of the action, from on the water to the press conference with the three maxi skippers below!

by Nic Douglass

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