Yachting: Sydney To Hobart 2016

This year marks the 72nd edition of Australia’s premier ocean racing classic with almost one hundred entrants, ranging from the super-fast 100ft hi-tech Supermaxi’s to 30-foot traditional wooden boats.

While the Supermaxi’s vie for line honours glory, the remainder of the fleet are in it to win the overall prize based on a handicap rating system.

To win either (or both) is the holy grail of Australian yacht racing.

Line Honours

After a rare failure in 2015 the record-breaking Wild Oats XI is primed to regain the line-honours mantle in the 2016 edition.

With last year’s winner Comanche not competing, Wild Oats XI competition will come from Anthony Bell’s Loyal, Scallywag (ex-Ragamuffin 100) and CQS.

CQS is the wild-card in the pack. Owned by two-time line honour’s winner Ludde Ingvall the yacht has undergone a major transformation and will present at the start as the most revolutionary design in recent years.


Tough to call a two-time winner but if any boat can, it is Balance.

Others in market include Komatso Azzuro, Beau Geste and Chinese Whisper.

Conditions this year look to suit the 50-60 footers for overall winner.

Key Stats

  • No boat has won back to back overall since 1965
  • Fastest Race: 1-day 18h 23m 12s by Wild Oats XI (NSW) 2012
  • Largest Fleet: 371 starters, 1994
  • Smallest Fleet: 9 starters, 1945 (first race)
  • Most Line Honours Victories: Wild Oats XI, 8
  • Closest Line Honours Race Finish: 7 seconds, 1982; Condor of Bermuda (Bermuda) defeated Apollo (NSW)

The Verdict

With a forecast North-Easterly down the NSW coast, Wild Oats XI deserves it’s place as favourite once again. Withstanding any failure it will be the first yacht into Hobart. No yacht crew knows how to navigate Bass Strait and the East coast of Tasmania like the team aboard Wild Oats XI.

Betting Strategy

Back on Betfair BACK – Wild Oats to win Line Honours

Laying on Betfair LAY – Scallywag

Laying on Betfair LAY – First out of heads Wild Oats

Back on Betfair BACK – Race record – No

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