Sport

Wild Oats XI leads the way on day of drama

THE Sydney to Hobart yacht race is rarely short of drama, but this year the controversy began even before the start in Sydney Harbour yesterday.

Grant Wharington, the owner-skipper of supermaxi Wild Thing, had the wind taken out of his sails when he was told by officials his boat was unable to take it place in the field because the necessary paperwork spelling out recent changes to the vessel's configuration had not been lodged in time.

Wharington was furious, saying, "I don't know if there is any kind of conspiracy going on, but unfortunately this particular race director (Tim Cox) seems to be a serial offender of trying to get big boats out of the race."

That left fellow supermaxis Wild Oats XI, Ragamuffin-Loyal and Lahana as the boats to beat.

Ragamuffin Loyal almost cost itself any chance of winning by jumping the gun, but officials decided against what would have been a costly recall after a review showed they had not followed correct procedures.

By the time the boats left Sydney Heads, Wild Oats XI had opened a significant lead, the crew working like clockwork under skipper Mark Richards.

A northerly wind change has been forecast today which would assist the fleet, although it may not be strong enough or last long enough to threaten the race record.

While Wild Oats XI looks unbeatable in the race for line honours, a great start saw Queensland 66-foot Reichel Pugh class yacht Black Jack put itself right in contention for the coveted handicap honours.

Topics:  sailing, sydney harbour, sydney to hobart, sydney to hobart yacht race




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Delays in Korean student murder case

Murder victim Eunji Ban was found in a Brisbane park early Sunday morning.

Murder accused still "unwell" according to lawyer

Dog attack victim was trying to save chicken

A photo of a dog barking for a story about problem dogs barking in Ipswich neighbourhoods. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

Council officers investigating early morning incident

Latest deals and offers

Mt Crosby Road and Warrego Upgrade

The Minister for Main Roads and Road Safety Mark Bailey with Member for Ipswich...

Woman cops $12,000 water bill

Bundamba resident Sherelle Taylor receiveda water bill for more than $12,000 after a leak was found in a pipe on her property.

Bundamba resident Sherelle Taylor received a water bill for more than $12,000 after...

Free mobile washing service for homeless

The Orange Sky laundry service offers free clothes and laundry services to those in need. QUU spokesperson Michelle Cull, resident Rickie Stuart and Orange Sky service rollout co-ordinator Alek Jacoby.

The OrangeSky mobile washing van sets up in Queens Park in Ipswich every Wednesday...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked