Sydney – Hobart 70th Yacht Race Starts Impressively, Video

Comanche leads fleet in flying start to Sydney to Hobart race

Sydney – Hobart 70th Yacht Race Starts Impressively, Video
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Comanche leads fleet in flying start to Sydney to Hobart race
SYDNEY to Hobart newcomer Comanche needed less than five minutes to show she is the real deal as she made the most impressive start by a race rookie in memory today.
The hi-tech American supermaxi easily won bragging rights as the first yacht through Sydney Heads, streaking straight to the front of the 117-boat fleet from the start of the 70th Sydney to Hobart race on Sydney Harbour.
She reached the first turning mark in just four minutes and 35 seconds, which is believed to be a record.
Comanche got there 35 seconds ahead of seven-times line honours winner Wild Oats X1 with Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 third and Anthony Bell’s Perpetual Loyal fourth.
Comanche, contesting her first major race, increased her lead to 38 seconds by the second mark and appeared to be extending her advantage after that.
Wild Oats XI skipper Mark Richards could only marvel at his new rival’s sizzling start.
“She’s smoking. Look at that thing go!” exclaimed Richards.Onlookers were no less impressed.
Veteran yachtsman Keith Glover was quick to sum up American supermaxi Comanche’s flying start to this year’s Sydney to Hobart.
“It was spectacular”, said Mr Glover who watched the 100-footer lead out the race from on-board his yacht on Sydney Harbour.
“The day’s been absolutely fabulous,” Mr Glover said.
“Everybody’s looking at everybody else, it’s like a whole bunch of voyeurs out here.”
Spectating the Sydney to Hobart
Spectator boats jostled from early morning for a prime spot to watch the competitors, who are embarking on the annual 628 nautical mile race to Hobart.
By the time the starter’s gun went off at 1pm, speedboats, luxury cruisers, yachts and even water taxis were out on the harbour to see off the yachts on what was a classic hot and sunny Boxing Day in Sydney.
Meanwhile, thousands of onlookers, many just in swimsuits, filled vantage points around the harbour foreshore and at islands inside the harbour to farewell the fleet.
The fleet of 117 yachts set out under south-easterly breezes of around 15 knots and was followed by a vast spectator fleet on a sunny afternoon.
Since Comanche arrived on November 30, she has been parked just a few metres away from Wild Oats XI at Sydney’s Woolwich Dock. They were also hard to separate in the minutes counting down to the start, as they shadowed each other like boxers sizing up their opponent.
Then the starting cannon went and Comanche quickly put clear air on their rivals.
The fleet left from three different starting lines and there was no reports of any boats breaking early.
The contestants are expected to encounter freshening southerlies of up to 30 knots later on Friday.
The race is expected to end on New Year’s Eve in Hobart.
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Sydney – Hobart 70th Yacht Race Starts Impressively, Video

Sydney – Hobart 70th Yacht Race Starts Impressively, Video

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