Wild Oats XI is on fire in the light breeze off the SE tip of Oz; she’s a good 20 NM ahead of Comanche as they enter the Bass Strait at sunrise. With building breeze and a free direction (and with Jimmy Spithill on the American boat), don’t count ’em out just yet, and don’t forget about the other monsters well to the West in potentially much better conditions; here’s a great Morning Report from the Sydney-Hobart radio team including some info from Comanche navigator Stan Honey. There’s only one place on the web to get all the latest info in one spot; hit the thread. Andrea Francolini photo.
UPDATE: Here’s a hearty SA shoutout to the boys on ADA (Assistance Dogs of Australia) Celestial, the Rogers 46 currently leading all handicap categories overall, and a crew which includes at least one On-The-Water Anarchy past staffer and OG Anarchist. Get ’em, dingo! A few boats have withdrawn, including the Perpetual Loyal 100’er, which claimed delaminating bow sections for the stop.