2015-12-31 / Front Page

An Incredible Feat



The 100-foot Comanche, with Ken Read of Newport at the helm, took line honors (first to cross) in the 71st Sydney Hobart Yacht Race last week, making it the first American boat to win the prestigious Down Under competition since 1998. A snapped daggerboard a few hours into the race threatened to sideline the maxi-yacht until Read and his crew (which included fellow Newporter and Volvo veteran Nick Dana) decided otherwise. Repairs were made, tactics rethought, and Comanche continued on to achieve what one observer called “an extraordinary triumph.” Also in the fleet and third to cross the line was Rambler 88, with the America's Cup-credentialed father-and-son team of Jerry and Rome Kirby, both Newporters, on board. “This is one hard body of water," Read said afterward. “It was one of the most intense and crazy wins I have witnessed. All thanks,” he added, “to an amazing team and a special boat.” See story on page 3. (Photo credit © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo) The 100-foot Comanche, with Ken Read of Newport at the helm, took line honors (first to cross) in the 71st Sydney Hobart Yacht Race last week, making it the first American boat to win the prestigious Down Under competition since 1998. A snapped daggerboard a few hours into the race threatened to sideline the maxi-yacht until Read and his crew (which included fellow Newporter and Volvo veteran Nick Dana) decided otherwise. Repairs were made, tactics rethought, and Comanche continued on to achieve what one observer called “an extraordinary triumph.” Also in the fleet and third to cross the line was Rambler 88, with the America's Cup-credentialed father-and-son team of Jerry and Rome Kirby, both Newporters, on board. “This is one hard body of water," Read said afterward. “It was one of the most intense and crazy wins I have witnessed. All thanks,” he added, “to an amazing team and a special boat.” See story on page 3. (Photo credit © Rolex/Kurt Arrigo)

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