Comanche lands early hit for Boxing Day
SYDNEY to Hobart defending champion Comanche has produced a morale-boosting victory over her supermaxi rival Wild Oats in a major shakedown before the Boxing Day race south.
Skipper Jim Cooney and his team defeated Mark Richards and his crew on Wild Oats XI for the line honours victory in the annual Cabbage Tree Island race on the weekend.
The third supermaxi in the race, the Mark Bradford-skippered Black Jack, retired due to a crew injury.
"We've been sailing a lot, putting in the work - weeks on end," Cooney said.
"We train intensively before and after these races and we're pretty serious about it."
Noel Cornish and his team on St Jude claimed the converted overall honours to end the run of Matt Allen and his Ichi Ban crew.