American yacht takes out Sydney to Hobart, Aussie finishes second

UPDATE: Australian boat Ragamuffin has taken second place line honours in the Sydney to Hobart following a tight battle with US contender Rambler 88.

The pair made a slow trip up Hobart’s Derwent River on Tuesday morning with calm conditions not offering much assistance.

Ragamuffin crossed almost 11 hours after Comanche took the line honours.


EARLIER: American yacht Comanche has taken line honours in the 71st Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Despite sustaining damage to it’s rudder, Comanche left behind fellow American yacht Rambler 88 to take advantage of improved weather conditions, taking victory by more than 50 nautical miles.

Comanche becomes the first American yacht to win the Sydney to Hobart since 1998 and crossed the finish line just before 10pm (AEDT) on Monday night.

A string of yachts retired on the first night of the Bluewater Classic, after intense weather forced a number of the leaders to turn back, including eight-time line honours winner and defending champion Wild Oats Eleven.

There were 32 retirements from a fleet of 108 starters.