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Strong cyclone hits western Australia

A powerful cyclone lashed Australia's resources-rich west coast Tuesday, bringing torrential rain and gales that ripped up trees and roofs and closed major global iron ore operations. Tropical Cyclone Christine made landfall after midnight as a category three storm out of a maximum five, bringing winds in excess of 170 kilometres (105 miles) per hour and heavy rain that cut power to several towns, brought down trees and damaged homes. Christine weakened to a category two while heading inland, with destructive wind gusts of between 110-130 kilometres per hour.

Yachting: Victoire declared overall Sydney to Hobart winner

The 50-foot yacht Victoire was Monday named the overall winner of the Sydney to Hobart ocean race, after the only boat still at sea that could beat her ran out of time. Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won line honours in the challenging 628 nautical mile race on Saturday night, storming home ahead of the fleet in a time of two days, six hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds.

Yachting: Victoire declared overall Sydney to Hobart winner

The 50-foot yacht Victoire was Monday named the overall winner of the Sydney to Hobart ocean race, after the only boat still at sea that could beat her ran out of time. Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won line honours in the challenging 628 nautical mile race on Saturday night, storming home ahead of the fleet in a time of two days, six hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds.

Yachting: Victoire declared overall Sydney to Hobart winner

The 50-foot yacht Victoire was Monday named the overall winner of the Sydney to Hobart ocean race, after the only boat still at sea that could beat her ran out of time. Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won line honours in the challenging 628 nautical mile race on Saturday night, storming home ahead of the fleet in a time of two days, six hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds.

Yachting: Victoire declared overall Sydney to Hobart winner

The 50-foot yacht Victoire was Monday named the overall winner of the Sydney to Hobart ocean race, after the only boat still at sea that could beat her ran out of time. Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won line honours in the challenging 628 nautical mile race on Saturday night, storming home ahead of the fleet in a time of two days, six hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds.

Sailing-Wild Oats XI seals seventh Sydney-Hobart victory

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wild Oats XI secured a record-equaling seventh victory in the Sydney to Hobart ocean classic when it sailed down the Derwent River well clear of its nearest rival on Saturday evening. The 100-foot supermaxi overhauled Perpetual Loyal early on Friday afternoon after losing the lead in stormy weather late in the night on the opening day of the race before romping to the Tasmanian capital on favorable northeasterly winds.

Yachting: Wild Oats XI wins seventh Sydney to Hobart honours

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won a record-equalling seventh line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Saturday, officials said. Organisers said the 100-footer crossed the finish line in the 628 nautical mile race down the east coast of southern Australia with a time of two days, six hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds. Fellow supermaxi Perpetual Loyal, which had led the race early on Friday, was 33 nautical miles behind and Ragamuffin 100 in third position, more than 10 nautical miles further back.

Yachting: Wild Oats XI wins seventh Sydney to Hobart honours

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won a record-equalling seventh line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Saturday, officials said. Organisers said the 100-footer crossed the finish line in the 628 nautical mile race down the east coast of southern Australia after approximately two days, six hours and seven minutes. mfc/lm

Yachting: Wild Oats XI wins seventh Sydney to Hobart honours

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI won a record-equalling seventh line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Saturday, officials said. Organisers said the 100-footer crossed the finish line in the 628 nautical mile race down the east coast of southern Australia with a time of two days, six hours, seven minutes and 27 seconds. Fellow supermaxi Perpetual Loyal, which had led the race early on Friday, was 33 nautical miles behind and Ragamuffin 100 in third position, more than 10 nautical miles further back.

Yachting: Wild Oats XI stretches Sydney to Hobart lead

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI lengthened its lead in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Saturday, but light conditions in the potentially treacherous Bass Strait frustrated fierce rival Perpetual Loyal. Perpetual Loyal, a heavier and wider boat than Wild Oats XI and one more suitable for rough conditions, has struggled with the uncharacteristic lack of breeze in the ocean race and by Saturday was some 30 nautical miles behind the leader. "We're just bobbing around here," Loyal's skipper Anthony Bell had complained late Friday.
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