The 2015 edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart brought about some of the most intense weather and exciting racing in a decade of the race’s history. Of the 108 yachts to enter the 71st Sydney Hobart race, a mere 77 finished the race, with 14 teams retiring within the first day alone. After the early retirement of two frontrunners, reigning champion Wild Oats and the 100-foot Perpetual Loyal, all three of the yachts left vying for the top spot, Ragamuffin 100, Rambler 88, and Comanche suffered damage at some point during the race.
While Rambler extended their lead as Comanche initially retired, it was not enough to fend off the determined crew as they made repairs and continued south to take line honors. The battle for 2nd place became a stark contrast to the 40-knot winds of the start, with Ragamuffin and Rambler slowly drifting over the line just 4 minutes apart.
Watch Comanche take line honors: