Unfortunately, Wild Oats was involved in an incident of not keeping clear of her rival the 100’ Comanche exiting Sydney Harbour. Following a protest by the Comanche, an International Jury met on the 28th in Hobart and upheld the protest, imposing on Wild Oats X1 a one-hour penalty for failing to keep clear, stripping her of Line Honors victory allowing Comanche to secure the title.
“In the end, the race to be first home on the water came down to a single maneuver judged to have been mistimed. Yet to remember the Line Honors for this reason would be and injustice. This was yacht racing in its purest form. Man and machine against the elements in all their guises.” - courtesy of Rolex
Reichel/Pugh’s other 100’ design Black Jack, took 3rd overall after leading the fleet out of Sydney Heads. Black Jack was originally Alfa Romeo and launched in 2005 taking 2nd in line honors to Wild Oats that year. Alfa went on to huge success in Europe and came home to take line honors from Wild Oats in the 2009 Hobart Race, after setting a new course record in the 2009 Transpac race. Alfa was then sold to Europe as Esimit Europa which went on to dominate Maxi racing in Europe. She was this year sold to Australian Peter Harburg who renamed her Black Jack.
Black Jack leads out of Sydney Harbor on S2H 2017