Wild Oats XI

Visiting Vessel

Wild Oats XI at sea

This thoroughbred Australian supermaxi is the most successful Sydney to Hobart racer in history.


    A Sydney to Hobart Legend

    The legendary Wild Oats XI is scheduled to arrive at the Maritime Museum on Wednesday 18 October.

    Wild Oats XI will be open to the public for five days only - from Thurs 19 to Mon 23 October (school visits only on Friday 20 October).

    The maxi yacht will be open from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 3pm, and you'll be able to speak with a person from Wild Oats XI on board, as they guide you and explain what life on a high-seas racer is really like.

    NOTE: There will be a limit of 10 people on board at any one time, and children will need to be 10yrs or older to come aboard.

    GET TO KNOW Wild Oats XI

    Both a barebones racing machine (‘you wouldn’t want to be down below for too long’) and an aesthetic and design triumph, the silver/grey maxi yacht has remained on the technological edge ever since it was built.

    The yacht was commissioned by the late Bob Oatley AO, a keen sailor and strong supporter of the sport in Australia.

    It was launched on Dec 2, 2005, and has since gone on to win line honours in the Sydney to Hobart eight times, breaking multiple race records along the way. Designed by Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design in San Diego, USA, the supermaxi features a deep canting keel. This 12-tonne lead bulb keel moves from side to side, controlled by a huge hydraulic ram.

    This innovation increases the yacht’s stability without needing extra weight, giving it an exceptional power to weight advantage over a conventional keel design. 

    Wharfside: OCT 19 - 23

    Where: you will find Wild Oats XI on the north side of the Heritage Pontoon

    Thursday 19 to Monday 23 October *
    *excluding Friday 20 October 

    Times: open to visitors from 11am-1pm and 2-3pm.

    Note: Only 10 people at a time will be allowed on board.

    Guided tours: Visitors will be guided by a representative of WIld Oats XI whilst on board.

    Age Restrictions: For safety, Wild Oats XI will only be open to visitors 10 years old and above.

    Cost: FREE


    Vital Statistics

    Displacement: 32T (14T ballast)
    Length: 30.48m (100ft)
    Sail area:
    mainsail 382 sq m, spinnaker 880 sq m, jib 228 sq m


    Photo credit: Wild Oats XI racing in the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race 2016, courtesy photographer Andrea Francolini 

    Wild Oats XI Heading up the Derwent RiverWild Oats  XI   Credit Rolex  Daniel Forster lrWild Oats XI - Brett Costello lrWild Oats XI  in full flight Credit Rolex  Carlo Borlenghi