This thoroughbred Australian supermaxi is the most successful Sydney to Hobart racer in history.
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.
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.
Where: you will find Wild Oats XI on the north side of the Heritage Pontoon
Dates: 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.
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
Patrol Boat: HMAS Advance
Tall Ship: James Craig 1874
Extended to 6:00 pm in January
Last boarding time for Submarine and Tall Ships – 4.10pm
Closed Christmas Day 25 December.
+61 2 9298 3777
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777