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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2016 28 December A New Race Record
The race record has been broken at Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Arriving in Hobart at 02:31.20 on Wednesday 28 December, Anthony Bells Perpetual LOYAL set a a time of 1 day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds, some 4 hours, 51 minutes and 52 seconds faster than Wild Oats XIs 2012 record. Taking advantage of a consistent breeze throughout the 628-nautical mile race, Perpetual LOYAL enjoyed close competition with eight-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI, assuming leadership of the race shortly after the latters retirement. It was a lead she preserved during the final stages of the race along the eastern coast of Tasmania and down the Derwent River to the finish line in Hobart. During the line honours presentation held on Constitution Dock in Hobart, Bell and his crew were rewarded for their remarkable exploits with the J.H. Illingworth Trophy and a Rolex Yacht-Master II timepiece.