Sailing-Protest lodged on Sydney-Hobart winner

Australian supermaxi
Investec Loyal’s thrilling Sydney-Hobart win is under threat
after a protest was lodged minutes after the race, claiming its
crew asked a media helicopter pilot to spy on rival supermaxi
Wild Oats XI during the 680 nautical mile race.

An international yacht racing committee will hear the
protest on Thursday, meanwhile Investec Loyal has been declared
provisional winner, crossing the line only minutes ahead of Wild
Oats XI on Wednesday.

The protest says that an Investec Loyal crew member asked a
media helicopter pilot whether Wild Oats XI was using a tri-sail
as the two boats sailed down the Australian east coast off the
fishing town of Merimbula on day one of the race.

Under yacht racing rules such a request could be viewed as
outside assistance.

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