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Wild Oats XI set to win 7th Sydney to Hobart

Wild Oats XI closing in on record-equaling 7th Sydney to Hobart race win

Spectators watch as the fleet sail out of the heads at the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race in Sydney Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Glenn Ni...
Spectators watch as Perpetual Loyal, left, leads Wild Oats Xl out of the heads at the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race in Sydney Thursday, Dec. 2...
In this photo released by Rolex, Perpetual Loyal sails the east coast during the Sydney Hobart yacht race off Eden, 470 kilometers (292 miles) south o...
In this photo released by Rolex, Wild Oats Xl sails the east coast during the Sydney Hobart yacht race off Eden, 470 kilemters (292 miles) south of Sy...

Australia Sailing Sydney Hobart

Spectators watch as the fleet sail out of the heads at the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race in Sydney Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Glenn Ni...

Australia Sailing Sydney Hobart

Spectators watch as Perpetual Loyal, left, leads Wild Oats Xl out of the heads at the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race in Sydney Thursday, Dec. 2...

Australia Sailing Sydney Hobart

In this photo released by Rolex, Perpetual Loyal sails the east coast during the Sydney Hobart yacht race off Eden, 470 kilometers (292 miles) south o...

Australia Sailing Sydney Hobart

In this photo released by Rolex, Wild Oats Xl sails the east coast during the Sydney Hobart yacht race off Eden, 470 kilemters (292 miles) south of Sy...

HOBART, Australia (AP) -- Defending champion Wild Oats XI is expected to take line honors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record-equaling seventh time after the super maxi increased its lead to more than 50 nautical miles over second place Perpetual Loyal on Saturday.

Wild Oats, owned by wine mogul Bob Oatley, who is head of the Australian syndicate challenging for the next America's Cup, was scheduled to cross the finish line Saturday evening in the 628-nautical-mile race.

Wild Oats set the race record last year when it finished in 1 day, 18 hours, but light winds this year left the mark well out of reach.

The other yacht to win seven races in the Sydney to Hobart was Morna/Kurrewa IV, the first time in 1946 and the last in 1960.


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:30 GMT+08:00