For the world Sailing could be quite a Drama: Because after the Australian yacht racing game that had been crossed Oats XI in this year’s Sydney to Hobart yacht race first to the finish line, you now a Protest of the stewards. In the Australian night, the Committee announced to examine whether the crew of the Super Maxi had switched off during the race, the prescribed location transmitter. This would be evidenced, in danger of Wild Oats XI in a time penalty, which could result due to the very tight victory in Hobart, in turn, to the loss of the title.

Christoph Hein

Economics correspondent for South Asia/Pacific, based in Singapore.

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but it would be especially tragic. Because in the heart-stopping finale on Friday morning, the Wild Oats XI crossed already for the tenth Time as the First of the line, but gained just the ninth place in the title, because last year she had lost due to a granted protest your even in 2018 strongest opponent Comanche victory.

this year, the team is currently the second-placed Super-Maxi Black Jack, the values initially about the possible fraud on the part of Wild Oats XI: the switch-Off of the tracking system during the race was not to identify their Position for their competitors. A Protest but Skipper Peter Harburg is not submitted.

The Wild Oats Skipper Mark §Richo” Richards responded after the finish because even contemptuously: “This is a storm in a teacup”, said the success of the skipper, since the System was first prescribed, and, secondly, the leading super-Maxis were almost the entire time in sight. His Navigator Juan Vila said that he had switched the System from the Start and pointed to a possible malfunction. The race Committee voice in the night, however, “Prove” that it did, and wants to leave the Protest against Wild Oats XI on Saturday to negotiate.


After Crossing the finish line Richards had called with a view to the Disaster of last year, still on the water in the port of the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, “to make amends, guys, reparation”.

The 74. Edition of the traditional race in Australia leads 628 nautical miles from the East coast metropolis on the island in the South of the continent. This year, 85 yachts, including the German Freddy Böhnert started, a deep-sea experienced lawyer in hiatus, had transferred to his ship myself to Australia. He finished the race as 37., however, the calculated time counts in the end. Richards described the finish of the top Quartet of the super Maxis shortly after eight o’clock in the Morning than the most spectacular in the decades-long history of the long-distance regatta. His fourteen-year-old racing machine, which belongs to the billionaire Oatley family, he explained to the “Australian icon”.