The 73rd Rolex Sydney Hobart went from a slow-burning fuse to a fully primed fire cracker overnight. The leading boats lit the afterburners in response to the building north easterly winds. Armed with a tailwind and initially subdued sea state, the entire fleet enjoyed the dream conditions.As widely predicted, LDV Comanche relished the opportunity to show her prowess and had built a reasonable lead by the early hours of the second day. 20nm ahead of her nearest rival, she was nearly 50nm ahead of last year’s race record pace.
Sport is often determined by fine margins and yachting is no exception. After a phenomenal contest between our LDV Comanche supermaxi yacht and the Wild Oats XI yacht over the full 628nm of the Rolex Sydney Hobart concluded yesterday in the Derwent River, the line honours title for first to finish was eventually decided today in the protest room. An incident between the two 100-footers, shortly after the start, was adjudged in favour of LDV Comanche