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Protest dismissed, Investec Loyal race winner

 In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal, center right, is escorted by spectator craft after crossing the finish line in the Sydney ...
 In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal crosses the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, fin...
 In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal, right, and Wild Oats XI race to the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wedn...
 In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal approaches the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, ...

Australia Sydney Hobart Sailing

In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal, center right, is escorted by spectator craft after crossing the finish line in the Sydney ...

Australia Sydney Hobart Sailing

In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal crosses the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, fin...

Australia Sydney Hobart Sailing

In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal, right, and Wild Oats XI race to the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wedn...

Australia Sydney Hobart Sailing

In this photo provided by Rolex, supermaxi Investec Loyal approaches the finish line in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, ...

Supermaxi Investec Loyal is the official line honors winner of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race after an international jury threw out a protest that the supermaxi had used outside assistance to beat defending champion Wild Oats XI by three minutes in the event's closest finish in 29 years.
Investec Loyal crossed the line first on Wednesday, but the result was placed under protest by the race committee which alleged Investec Loyal had used a television helicopter pilot to spy on Wild Oats XI.
The protest under rule 41 was heard Thursday by the jury, which ruled that the information on Wild Oats XI's sails received by the winning yacht did not affect the race outcome and was not done to seek any unfair advantage.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:39 GMT+08:00