Designed by Reichel Pugh, the Carbon/Nomex composite hull has a distinctively narrow beam at only 5.1 metres (17ft). She originally featured canting ballast twin foils which allowed her to carry a massive sail area without compromising on stability. Since her launch she has been constantly modified with a significant involvement from McConaghy Boats, now known in the industry as the "Swiss Army Knife".
Her debut in the 2005 Rolex Sydney Hobart was a momentous occasion, leaving Sydney Heads she led the whole way south to arrive in record time, breaking the race record. Not only taking home Line Honours and Race Record, Wild Oats won Overall IRC, the first boat to win the "Triple Crown" achievement since the inaugural race in 1945.
Wild Oats affinity with the Rolex Sydney Hobart has continued, in 2012, they broke the record which they set in 2005 by 16 minutes. In 2013 Wild Oats notably achieved their 7th Line Honour Victories, matching the race record for the feat
Wild Oats also holds the following Race Records:
CYCA’s Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race (22hrs, 3mins, 46secs, set in 2012) CYCA’s Cabbage Tree Island Race (12hrs, 15mins, 55secs, set in 2012)
LOA: 100ft (30.49m) originally 98 ft (30m)
Displacement: 32t (inc 14t ballast)
Mainsail Area: 382m²