The often brutal 1,163-kilometre bluewater classic was due to start on Boxing Day, but with parts of Sydney locked down after a new cluster of Covid-19 cases, it was cancelled.
The ninth line honours makes the Australian team the most successful yacht in the history of the gruelling competition.
A one-hour penalty slapped on Wild Oats XI stripped the super-maxi and her crew of its first-across-the-line title, which went to LDV Comanche after a record-breaking run down Australia's east coast.
Wild Oats XI finished in one day, eight hours, 48 minutes and 50 seconds, smashing the previous record set by Perpetual Loyal last year.
The first day of the race's second leg began in the waters off Lisbon, Portugal, with the seven teams facing a 7,000-nautical-mile journey to Cape Town, South Africa.
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