Loyal shows big guns the way to Hobart

LED THE WAY: Perpetual Loyal was the first yacht out of Sydney Harbour
LED THE WAY: Perpetual Loyal was the first yacht out of Sydney Harbour PAUL MILLER

SAILING: The frontrunners in the 72nd Sydney to Hobart have started their chase for a place in Australian sporting history in what is likely to be the fastest race south ever.

The start was in stark contrast to a year ago when the starting boat started to sink and several yachts were damaged just minutes into the race in collision with rivals.

As expected the fleet giants Perpetual Loyal (pictured), Wild Oats, Scallywag, CQS and Beau Geste stole the show as they raced up the harbour to lead the fleet out into open sea.

Anthony Bell and his team on Loyal won the honour of being first out through the Heads.

But Wild Oats skipper Mark Richards was unhappy.

"Terrible start, terrible start,” he said from the yacht.

Wild Oat's record of one day, 18 hours, 23 minutes and 12 seconds could tumble this year.


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