It’s with a fair bit of excitement that we got this great piece of news: the superyacht Comanche will be taking part in the next RCSW!
To better understand our thrill, let’s have a look at her race pedigree…
A 100 ft (33 m) superyacht, Comanche, was designed in France by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier and built in the United States by Hodgdon Yachts for Dr. James H. Clark.
She holds the 24-hour sailing record for monohulls covering 618 nmi in the 24 hours (averaging 25.75 knots). Comanche won line honours in the 2015 Fastnet race and the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with Ken Read as her skipper. In 2017, Comanche set a 24-hour run of 484.1 nmi, a new Transpac record, with an average speed of 20.2 knots.
In 2019 she won the 2225-mile 50th Trans-Pacific Yacht race with navigator Stan Honey, time 5 days 11 hours 14 minutes 05 seconds.
Additionally, the Comanche holds the Monohull Transatlantic sailing record for the fastest time of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, which they beat on the 28th of July, 2016. The current record is a time of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 second.
In December 2017, Comanche was sold to Australian Jim Cooney. She holds the fastest time for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race after winning the Sydney to Hobart 2017 in 1 day 9 hours 15 minutes 24 seconds.
Renamed LDV Comanche when Jim Cooney purchased the yacht, due to a one-time sponsorship from SAIC Maxus Automotive Co's LDV brand, the yacht later returned to its original, unsponsored name. It later won the Sydney-Hobart race again in 2019 in 1 day 18 hours and 30 minutes.
Soon after the completion of the 2019 Sydney-Hobart race, Comanche moved under a new Russian ownership. For the next RCSW she will be skippered by Australian sailing legend Mitch Booth.Wed, 12 Feb 2020 © RolexCapriSailingWeek