27 Dec '15, 11am

Maxi boat carnage

This first night was always going to be the toughest part of the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart with the forecast of a southerly buster - 25 to 30 knot winds with big gusts against a south flowing current, in the pitch black of night. The first victims were CEX Dolce , Pierre Gal and Doug Gayford’s modified Inglis 47, with a broken mast, and, sensationally, Wild Oats XI , at around 10pm (local) - a bitter ending for the defending line honours champion, Australia’s best hope against the rampaging American maxis, Comanche and Rambler , and the most successful yacht ever in the race’s 71 year history. She tore her mainsail in a squall of 40 knots. Minutes later there was another bombshell: Comanche radioed into the race officials at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia that she had suffered damage to a daggerboard and rudder. Then another maxi - Perpetual Loyal - pulled out with ru...

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