HK yacht Scallywag trails Comanche in Sydney-Hobart race

Local | 27 Dec 2019 1:58 pm

Comanche has again snatched the lead as the supermaxis enter Bass Strait on day two, today, of the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

The order of the top five has been changing through the day, with Hong Kong boat Scallywag holding the lead all morning after overtaking Comanche, ABC News reported.

Comanche — the two-time line honors winner owned by Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant — is now travelling east of the pack.

But nine-time line honours winner Wild Oats XI is beginning to gain ground after falling behind overnight.

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia race commodore Paul Billingham said the supermaxis had picked up the pace this afternoon. "It's a bit of cat and mouse at the moment," he said. "This is the start of this north-easterly change coming through. They've predicted up to 30 knots which makes for some pretty exhilarating riding at night, but also it could be a little bit damaging to the boats."

InfoTrack was the first boat out of Sydney Harbour yesterday afternoon, AP reported. The yacht, which took line honors in 2016 as Perpetual Loyal, got a flying start as the race began in winds of 15 to 18 knots, or around 30 kilometers per hour.
The race began on Sydney Harbour with a fleet of 157 boats, the fourth-largest number of entries in the race history.

Because of the size of the fleet, organizers decided to begin the race with four separate lines of boats, each with different turning marks on the harbour to equalise the race distance of 628 nautical miles to the finish in Hobart.

Predictions for a finish time have chopped and changed with weather forecasts and it could now be tomorrow afternoon.-Photo: AAP


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