SYDNEY to Hobart champion Comanche has continued her record-breaking lead-up to the 2018 race south with a new fastest time mark in the Sydney-Newcastle-Bass Island race.
The Jim Cooney skippered 100-footer set a new record of 18 hours 34 min 38 secs in the 215 nautical mile offshore race – her second in the last month.
The time Broke the previous record of 20 hours, 52 minutes, 49 seconds set by Matt Allen’s 60-footer Ichi Ban in 2014, the year the race was created.
Allen on the weekend skippered his 52-footer Ichi Ban to the converted overall honours – his second major result in recent weeks on his Sydney to Hobart winning boat.
Both yachts starred in last months Flinders Islet race where Comanche claimed line honours and a race record and Ichi Ban the overall victory to show top form ahead of their defence of the fastest time and overall crowns in the Sydney to Hobart.
A fleet of around 90 yachts is expected in the 74th Sydney to Hobart which starts in Boxing Day.