- Rolex World of Yachting
A Portrait of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by Mark Richards
Wild Oats XI is a maxi yacht most famous for being eight-time line honours winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The yachts success is renowned, thanks in part to its skipper, Australian Mark Richards, who has been at the helm for over ten years and knows this offshore classic well. High seas and powerful winds make the 628-nautical mile course from Sydney to Hobart a formidable challenge for any sailor. For Richards, there is no place in the world he would rather be. The crew that wins overall takes home the coveted Tattersalls Cup, with its many years of history, and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual timepiece, engraved with the race name, the year and the words Overall Winner.