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Australia's sailors

Are out, racing in the great, 630-mile Sydney to Hobart race, which began on Boxing Day. (I love the Australian's pictures.)

Both Wild Oats XI and Skandia "were on track to go under the race record time as they sailed down the eastern coastline of Tasmania ahead of the run up the Derwent River to the Hobart finish line". Wild Oats is trying to beat Skandia and its own record.

One of the top three offshore yacht races in the world, Sydney to Hobart began in 1945, the creation of Australian Peter Luke and British Royal Navy Officer, Captain John Illingworth.

It is not for the faint of heart.

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