Seven retirements overnight in Sydney to Hobart

THE first night of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race has seen seven retirements.

Strong southerly winds have been a big factor in the withdrawals, with some vessels taking on excessive water.

The 1997 winner Brindabella is among those who had to withdraw from the annual race.


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Currently American yacht Comanche is leading the pack, roughly one nautical mile ahead of Wild Oats.

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