Thanks Audi Australia for your kind words and support.
On behalf of the Oatley family, Skipper Mark Richards and the entire Wild Oats XI crew, we would like to congratulate Anthony Bell and the Perpetual Loyal crew for making history this morning by breaking the race record with their time of 1 day, 13 hrs, 31 mins, 20 secs and taking Line Honours in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016.

Image via Australian Sailing capturing #PerpetualLoyal...
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7 News Sydney reporter @OliviaLeeming caught up with Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards after the super maxi reached Eden. #7News
UPDATE:
After being forced to retire from the Rolex Sydney Hobart race early today due to the failure of the hydraulic keel control mechanism, supermaxi Wild Oats XI is now heading north towards Eden. The current ETA is between 9pm and 11pm.

Wild Oats XI was leading the 88-yacht fleet mid Bass Strait, and well ahead of her own race record pace, when the failure occurred. There were no...
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We would like to thank Wild Oats XI sponsor Channel 7 for all of their support and for these kind words which, they have passed on to the crew:

"All of us at Seven share the disappointment of Mark Richards and his terrific crew. Wild Oats XI is a remarkable yacht and it's crew is a great bunch. We know they will be back and they have our thoughts on such a disappointing day."
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors Audi Australia, 7Sport, Henri Lloyd Australia and Robert Oatley Wines for their ongoing support in the lead up to and during the race.

Audi Australia's Managing Director, Andrew Doyle passed on these words of support for the crew:

"On behalf of the whole Audi team, we want to congratulate the crew on a valiant effort and a strong...
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We can confirm Wild Oats XI has been forced to retire with a keel problem. The good news is that everyone aboard is safe and we congratulate the crew on their efforts. More details to come.
‪We can confirm we have had to retire from the race- most importantly all crew onboard are safe. More details to follow. ‬
An action packed start to the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race with exciting, fast and record chasing sailing! (Images by Andrea Francolini Photography) #RolexSydneytoHobart #wildoatsxi Audi Australia 7Sport Henri Lloyd Australia PIPER-HEIDSIECK Champagne #RobertOatleyWines
Waking up to the exciting news our crew are still out in front and chasing the race record. Read the update:

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: Wild Oats leads – multiple boats ahead of record - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016

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After an action packed start to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016 the crew have clawed their way back to a narrow lead as they push ahead for line honours. Audi Australia Henri Lloyd Australia 7Sport #RobertOatleyWines (Video by Mountain High Media)
‪And we're off!! @rshyr #rolexsydneyhobart #NextStopHobart @audiaustralia @7Sport @HenriLloydAUS #robertoatleywine ‬
Heading to the start line for the #sydneytohobart Rolex Sydney Hobart and our entire crew are out to do their best in memory of late owner, Bob Oatley: “We know Bob will be with us in spirit,” skipper Mark Richards said, “and we’ll have the voodoo stick – his walking stick – with us for good luck.” @audiaustralia @henrilloydaus 7Sport #robertoatleywines : @adamrollason
TV COVERAGE & STREAMING of 72nd #RolexSydneyHobart begins at 1230pm AEDT!

PLUS: Update for yacht tracker, see link below.

DETAILS HERE: [ Ow.ly Link ]

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Getting ready to set sail for the Rolex Sydney Hobart! @audiaustralia @henrilloydaus @channel7 #robertoatleywines : @tomwilliams70
Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas today!
We'll see you at the start line tomorrow for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race! #OneMoreSleep #ReadyToRace #SydneyToHobart
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Mark Richards, skipper of the Oatley family’s race record holder, Wild Oats XI, agreed that a new time for the course was a distinct possibility:

SANTA MAY DELIVER A SLEIGH RIDE FOR YACHTS IN THE ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART RACE

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