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Wild Oats XI leads Sydney to Hobart race

Updated: December 26, 2012, 5:30 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Favorite Wild Oats XI opened up a lead of 15 nautical miles over fellow super maxi and defending champion Ragamuffin Loyal on Thursday morning in the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

After 19 hours of racing, Wild Oats XI, a five-time line honors winner and race record holder, had nearly 400 nautical miles to go in the 628-nautical-mile (723-mile) race.

Projections showed a Friday morning finish at Constitution Dock in Hobart on the island state of Tasmania.

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