weather beats wild oats
HAVING spent Monday night becalmed, Bob Oatley was expected to finish a great sailing double last night.
Barring any major hiccups occurring after the time of printing, Oatley's Wild Oats X was expected to claim back-to-back line honour finishes in the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour yacht race last evening just ahead of Wild Joe.
Early in the race both yachts were surging towards Coffs Harbour ahead of race record time with early predictions that the record would be smashed by both 20-metre vessels before finding themselves becalmed off Tacking Point.
Oatley is also the owner of Wild Oats XI which easily won the Sydney to Hobart race last week and last night's victory was set to top off an amazing fortnight for the 79-year-old who ignored medical advice to be a member of the crew that crossed the line last night.