17 Dec 2008

Wild Oats wins warmup event

6:00 am on 17 December 2008

History-chasing Wild Oats XI owner Bob Oatley has declared his boat had "never been better" after it warmed up for the Sydney to Hobart with a comfortable victory in the Big Boat Challenge on Sydney Harbour yesterday.

Striving to become the first boat to take line honours in the Sydney to Hobart for four straight years, Wild Oats XI completed a hat trick of Big Boat Challenge victories.

Oatley's boat completed the 14 nautical mile course well clear of rival maxi Skandia, with the 66ft Black Jack a distant third.

Oatley says it's never been better, it's going very well, its in first class condition and ready for the trip.