Sailing-Investec Loyal wins Sydney-Hobart

Australian supermaxi
Investec Loyal won the 67th Sydney-Hobart on Wednesday, crossing
the line just minutes ahead of Wild Oats XI after the two boats
engaged in a tacking duel ahead of the finish line.

In the closest finish in 28 years, Investec Loyal gained the
lead from rival supermaxi Wild Oats XI early on Wednesday after
trailing the favourite since the start of the 680 nautical mile
race on Monday.

Investec Loyal, crewed mainly by amateur sailors, opted to
sail further out to sea than Wild Oats XI, a six-times line
honours winner, and picked up better winds in the final stages.

Investec Loyal crossed the line two minutes, 10 seconds
ahead of Wild Oats XI.


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