Congratulations go out to team members Ian “Fresh” Burns (above) and Matthew Mason (bottom), as well as America’s Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray, for completing a safe passage and winning line honors in a challenging Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race.
The three were crew aboard the 30-meter super-maxi Wild Oats XI, which led the fleet across the finish line on Tuesday night but was made to wait until Wednesday afternoon to accept the JH Illingworth Trophy for first to finish. That’s because the race committee protested Wild Oats and a second yacht, Ran, for allegedly failing to properly report their imminent passage of Bass Strait. Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards was confident that the crew had complied with the race rules, and the jury dismissed the two protests on Wednesday afternoon, some 20 hours after the yacht had finished the race.
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