The US supermaxi, Comanche (Kristy and Jim Clark) has been forced out of the Rolex Sydney Hobart with a broken rudder, and damaged daggerboard.
The incident occurred about an hour after the race leader had been hit by a southerly front which she appeared to pass through in good shape.
However at 2300hrs EDT the yacht reported to race control that she had broken a rudder and was retiring to Sydney, having covered 135nm of the 605nm course.
With the retirement of the two boats expected to duel for line honours, the battle for first to Hobart is expected to be contested between Rambler 88 (USA) and Ragamuffin 100 (AUS).
The latter seemed to have issues as the front hit, according to the race tracker she headed east for a time and then resuming her course for Hobart. Perpetual Loyal (AUS) lay in third overall. Rambler was doing the better of the trio sailing at 11.7kts towards Hobart with the other two sailing over a knot slower.
Breaking news Comanche has phone HRC advising she is attempting repairs and has withdrawn her retirement. She is however was heading north, presumably getting seastate relief. She has now headed south again
Perpetual Loyal has now retired