Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2012

The 628-mile offshore classic got underway in 20-25 knots at Sydney Heads on Dec. 26. Robert Oatley's Wild Oats XI 100-foot maxi Wild Oats XI secured Line Honours, Overall Winner and Race Record. The boat, skippered by Mark Richards, finished with a time of 1 day, 18 hours, 23 minutes, and 12 seconds, slicing 16 minutes and 58 seconds off her own record.

Wild Oats XI leads fleet out of harbour after start of 68th Rolex Sydney HobartRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
WILD OATS XI at sunset on first day of 68th Rolex Sydney HobartRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
RAGAMUFFIN LOYAL crew makes repairs to a headsail fittingRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Japanese yacht KLC BENGAL 7 hugs the New South Wales coast on second dayRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
WILD OATS XI at sunrise, crossing Storm Bay towards the Derwent river entranceRolex / Daniel Forster
Sean Langman's MALUKA OF KERMANDIE, smallest yacht in fleetRolex / Daniel Forster
ICHI BAN, Matt AllenRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Crowds on South Head enjoy spectacular start to Rolex Sydney HobartRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
WILD OATS XI at sunrise on day 2Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
BLACK JACK charges down Sydney HarbourRolex / Daniel Forster
Lithuanian yacht, AMBERSAIL, rounding the Rolex turning mark at the Sydney HeadsRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
WILD OATS XI takes a firm hold of the race lead on the first dayRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Rob Hanna's SHOGUN takes advantage of the fresh northeasterly to blast south on day 2Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Start of the 68th Rolex Sydney HobartRolex / Daniel Forster
Bird's eye view of start of the 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart, with cityscape in backgroundRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Fleet leaving Sydney Harbour after start of 68th Rolex Sydney HobartRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Dockside - Line HonoursRolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Bob Oatley, Owner WILD OATS XI, and Skipper Mark Richards receive Tattersall's Cup & a Rolex Timepiece from Patrick Boutellier (Rolex Australia)Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi