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Comanche breaks record at Les Voiles de Saint Barth 2015


Following the close of Les Voiles de St. Barth regatta recently, it has been announced that the superyacht Comanche has broken a new record whilst competing. A regular participant in regattas all over the world, Jim Clark commissioned Comanche to be built at Hodgdon Yachts, with the sole purpose of building a sailing vessel capable of breaking records - something in which he has certainly achieved since her completion in 2014.

The first record was already set during her construction at the Maine, U.S. based shipyard Hodgdon Yachts, becoming one of the largest single-hull infusions undertaken stateside. The second was set the 15th of April on the water, when Comanche established a speed record of 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 4 seconds in the Maxi 1 class during the race in St. Barth.

During the four racing days, Comanche took all the line honors in her division and placed second, just behind Rambler 88, with 12 points on the scoreboard according with the corrected-time performances. This regatta was the first time that 100-foot Comanche and Rambler 88 were seen sailing against each other, offering an exciting competition.

Comache's skipper, Ken Read, commented, “When the rivals all go home happy the stars aline. Comanche wins line honors 4 for 4. Mission accomplished. Rambler wins rating handicap in class 1. Mission accomplished. The first meeting of the monsters a huge success. These boats are changing how we look at sailing. A special thanks to the owners who are making it happen.”

By Gemma Fottles

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