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Sydney-Hobart race 2016: Perpetual Loyal smashes record

Updated 1142 GMT (1942 HKT) December 28, 2016
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Perpetual Loyal sails up the Derwent River in the early hours of Wednesday to clinch a record-breaking victory in the 2016 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race. Heath Holden/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Less than two days previous, it had led the fleet out of Sydney Harbor under blue skies. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Having failed to finish the past two races, owner Anthony Bell was rewarded after revamping both the 100-foot yacht and its crew. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Unlike past years, Bell had just one celebrity member on his crew -- sports presenter Erin Molan (pictured with trophy) -- and he signed up half of the team involved with last year's American winner Comanche, which did not enter in 2016. Heath Holden/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Perpetual Loyal led the 88-strong field into open seas on December 26 as it sought to break the race record of one day, 18 hours, three minutes and 12 seconds. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
That record was set by eight-time line honors winner Wild Oats XI -- but its race was was ended on Tuesday night when it suffered failure of its hydraulic keel control mechanism while in the lead. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Co-skipper Bell brought Perpetual Loyal to the Tasmanian capital Hobart at 2:31 a.m., having completed the 628-nautical-mile race in one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds. It beat the previous best by just under five hours. Heath Holden/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Giacomo, a 70-footer owned by New Zealand wine magnate Jim Delegat, crossed the line second just under two hours later. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Hong Kong entry Scallywag -- a revamped version of the boat with which Bell won the 2011 race as Investec Loyal -- was one of four 100-foot supermaxi yachts in the race. It crossed the line third. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The fourth supermaxi in the fleet was CQS -- formerly the 90-foot Nicorette rebuilt in New Zealand for Finnish owner Ludde Ingvall, a two-time line honors winner of the race. It finished seventh. Here CQS (left) heads out to sea with the 70-foot Maserati, which crossed sixth as both boats were becalmed for hours in the Derwent River when the wind died. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The race lineup features yachts from a variety of sizes and classes, with the line honors title going to the fastest boat to reach port in Tasmania and the overall winner on corrected handicap time. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Beau Geste, an 80-footer owned by Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok, was fifth behind 70-footer Black Jack -- owned by Australian property investor Peter Harburg. PETER PARKS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The race, started in 1945, is a popular fixture in Australia's sporting calendar. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images