Australian yacht race lives up to the reputation

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The 68th Rolex Sydney Hobart, started each year the day after Christmas, was a great contest, according to organizers.

It might have finished with one boat, Wild Oats XI, scooping all the serious silverware, but to limit the story to that fact would be an injustice to the other 75 yachts that raced. Over and above the remarkable second string of line honors, overall win and new race record secured by Wild Oats XI, this race will be remembered for the array of conditions experienced and the commitment of the smaller boats to finish despite the wind playing into the hands of the larger boats.

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