2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

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  • Comanche has Wild Oats on radar in Australia's toughest race
    Comanche has Wild Oats on radar in Australia's toughest race

    Supermaxi Wild Oats XI sets sail on Friday aiming to win line honours for the eighth time in Australia's top yacht race, with state-of-the-art American newcomer Comanche out to halt its dominance. The 70th Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic has drawn its biggest fleet in two decades, with last year's fastest skipper believing the record time could be smashed. "There's many boats in the fleet that can kill that record," Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards said last week of the 2012 mark of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds set by his boat. "It is definitely a challenging weather situation, but so it is in every Hobart race," Wild Oats XI navigator Juan Vila said on Monday after hearing the updated forecast.

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