HOBART, Australia (AP) — Wild Oats XI won the 74th Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Friday, claiming line honors for the ninth time.
The Mark Richards-skipped super maxi crossed the line in Hobart shortly after 8 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Thursday) after taking the lead from defending line honors champion Comanche before sunrise.
The win comes after Wild Oats XI was stripped of line honors in last year's race, with a rule breach and time penalty handing victory to Comanche.
This year's fleet in the 628-nautical mile race was reduced to 80 yachts from the starting 85.
Comanche, skippered by Jim Cooney, set the race record of 1 day, 9 hours, 15 minutes, 24 seconds while winning last year.
Wild Oats XI's time on Friday was 1 day, 19 hours, 11 minutes, 14 seconds.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the 1998 race where six sailors died after the fleet was hit by a large storm.
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