27 Dec 2009

Wild Oats battling to hold onto to crown

4:23 pm on 27 December 2009

New Zealand yacht Alfa Romeo continues to lead the Sydney to Hobart race while four time line honours winner Wild Oats XI is struggling to stay in touch.

At last report Neville Crichton's 100 foot Maxi held a lead of around 13 nautical miles over Britain's ICAP Leopard with Wild Oats XI a further five miles behind.

With light winds on offer and over 350 miles yet to cover tactics are becomingly increasingly important.

96 of the 100 starters are still competing.