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Comanche in the Derwent-Rolex Sydney Hobart

Rolex Sydney Hobart 2015 – Race leader Jim and Kristy Clark’s super maxi Comanche is making fast progress in a southerly breeze as she heads up Storm Bay, she is nine nautical south east of Iron Pot doing 14 knots.

So far so good, with a rudder and a daggerboard less than standard, watching her course changes will be interesting.

There is no pressure on Comanche’s Ken Read and his team, Rambler 88 is some 50 miles in arrears, south east of Maria Island.

Crosbie Lorimer reports from alongside Comanche as she nears the finish line.

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Comanche in the Derwent

Comanche (USA) heading for the Derwent and the finish of the Rolex Sydney Hobart race 2015 edition© Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo

The third boat Syd Fischer’s Ragamuffin 100 is 35nm east of Cape Sonnerat.

Wind speed five knots from the south. Clear skies. Flat seas.

Comanche has no starboard daggerboard, so port gybe will be the most challenging.

So is about 20 degrees above course for the river, so she will have to gybe in next mile.

Rolex Sydney Hobart - Comanche in the Derwent

Comanche past the Iron Pot© Crosbie Lorimer

Comanche has just radioed Hobart Race Control reporting they are in the river with a new ETA of 2200

Comanche now in Derwent, four miles from the finish. With no port daggerboard, (about six inches damaged daggerboard, poking out of casing and about two feet off the port rudder.

by Rob Kothe

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