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Victoria's Secret model and wife of Texan billionaire makes sailing history as she becomes first female owner to win prestigious Australian race
Champion: Kristy Hinze-Clark became the first female owner to win the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Monday (above with her race team)

First Female Owner to Win prestigious Australian race

Kristy Hinze-Clark became the first female owner to win the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Monday

  • The yacht Comanche that she launched with her husband, billionaire Netscape founder Jim Clark, beat the field of over 100 boats
  • Hinze-Clark also raced with the crew for the entire trip, which took 2days, 9hours and 58min 30sec 
  • The Comanche, which was designed by Clark, finished second in last year’s race just two months after its launch
  • Hinze-Clark began her career as a model, appearing in Sports Ilustarted and Australian Vogue as well as ads for Victoria’s Secret
  • She and Clark, who is worth an estimated $1.84billion, were married in March 2009 on the British Virgin Islands 

A former Victoria’s Secret model who traded in her stilettos for boat shoes has become the first female boat owner to win the prestigious Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

Kristy Hinze-Clark earned herself a place in the record books on Monday after her yacht Comanche crossed the finish line ahead of the rest of the over 100 boats that began the prestigious event after a bruising two days crossing the Tasman Sea.

Hinze-Clark, who was born in Australia, launched Comanche in October 2014 with her husband, billionaire Netscape founder Jim Clark.

She also sailed with the entire crew over the entire race across the Tasman Sea which they finished in 2days, 9hours and 58min 30sec.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so I went out and trained with the guys and now here we are,’ Ms Hinze-Clark said as she celebrated in Hobart’s Constitution Dock.

She wanted to contest the epic yacht race last year but was unable as she had just given birth to her second child Harper.

Hinze-Clark grew up around sailing being from Australia while her husband spent his early days in Plainview, Texas, hundreds and hundreds of miles from any open water.

Despite this, he developed an interest in designing and building yachts, and the Comanche is the fourth vessel he has completed and his largest to date.

Forbes has estimated Clark’s worth to be approximately $1.84billion.

The couple began dating after Clark’s third marriage ended in divorce and were married in March 2009, holding their ceremony on the British Virgin Islands.

Victoria's Secret model and wife of Texan billionaire makes sailing history as she becomes first female owner to win prestigious Australian race

Winners: Hinze-Clark holds up the trophy alongside her crew on the deck of Comanche

In 2011 Hinze-Clark gave birth to the couple’s first child, daughter Dylan Vivienne.

The former model, who has appeared in everything from Sports Illustrated to Australian Vogue, is now focused on her two children and racing, which is why a win this year was so important for the team.

It was not all smooth sailing for Comanche though as it came close to retirement on Saturday night after it hit something in the water causing damage to the yacht’s dagger board.

Comanche Skipper John Read told Sunrise last week that he was happy with the model’s attempt at championing the big boat.

‘She jumps in on the handle, she’s grinding, she’s helping out, she’s hiking, she’s down below organizing and jumping in as she feels comfortable,’ Mr Read said.

Last year on race debut Comanche came second to defending champion Wild Oats XI which in 2015 retired on day one with sail damage.

Crowds gathered around the Constitution Dock in Hobart to congratulate the American supermaxi team on a grueling race.

‘The whole event has been so exciting – its been up and down and suddenly now here we are,’ a member of Comanche’s ground crew told ABC News.

By MATT OGILVIE and JOHN CARNEY

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