Comanche wins Sydney Hobart, Wild Oats XI stripped of title

By on December 28, 2017

HOBART, Australia — Super maxi LDV Comanche was awarded line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race after its protest against Wild Oats XI was upheld over an incident early in the race.

Wild Oats XI was found to have breached race rules over a tacking manoeuver at the start on Tuesday in Sydney Harbour.

The eight-time winner was penalized one hour after lengthy deliberations by a five-person jury in Hobart on Thursday.

Wild Oats XI had finished the race Wednesday 26 minutes ahead of Comanche, a lead that was wiped out with the penalty.