The racing yacht Investec Loyal took line honors Wednesday in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Ocean classic, but it faces an anxious wait to have the victory confirmed after an official protest by the race committee.
Anthony Bell's supermaxi crossed the finish line in the Tasmanian capital with a 3:07 advantage over five-time winner Wild Oats XI, one of the closest finishes in the race's history. The race is the biggest and most popular in Australia and begins the day after Christmas (Boxing Day).
Meanwhile, in another race under way, five yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race have been transported on an armed ship through part of the Indian Ocean because of the threat of piracy.
They will be set down off the coast of the United Arab Emirates before a one-day sprint to the finish in Abu Dhabi.
"Sometimes the real world gets in the way of our little race," said Puma Ocean Racing's British skipper Ken Read.