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Wild Oats wins Sydney-Hobart race

Dec 29, 2008 Despite hitting a shark and other floating debris, Wild Oats won the 628-mile race in under two days.

From the Guardian:
Wild Oats XI hit a two-metre long shark which became stuck around the forward rudder and the boat had to be slowed and backed down to clear it. It is believed that at the same time other detritus may have also been cleared because from eight miles astern of Skandia, in two hours Wild Oats XI was five miles ahead.
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