Comanche Does Night Trials to be Ready for Sydney to Hobart

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Latest entrant to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, Comanche, is racing against the clock to be ready.

Owned by husband and wife Texan billionaire Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark Comanche has been designed and built for th sole purpose of wining line honors in the prestigious open sea race.

Skipper Ken Read has overseen every part of the process, from design to building, transportation to Australia and now testing.

“We know it will be a tight schedule,” he told reporters. “No one has ever seen a boat like this before, so we are stll learning all about her.

“But we want to put up a fight.”

Comanche is currently untested in the open seas. She has most recently competed in a fun harbour event; claiming second behind race favourite (and seven-time Sydney to Hobart line honours winner) Wild Oats.

On Thursday Comanche put to see undercover of darkness for the first time. The session was needed to test the lighting on instruments and to give the crew practice changing sails and working in the dark.

On Boxing Day the gun will crack on the 70th Sydney to Hobart race. The fleet is expected to boast 118 of the fastest, hardiest and most technologically up to date yachts in the word. They will battle it out over 628-nautical miles to the southernmost part of Australia.

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