Comanche sold after Sydney Hobart win
Published on December 31st, 2019
Since race record holder Comanche beat her four super maxi rivals to take line honours in the 2019 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, it has been reported that Jim Cooney and his wife Samantha Grant have sold their 100 footer to Russian interests.
This was the third elapsed time win for Comanche in the 628-nautical-mile blue water classic, first taking line honors in 2015 before going on to set the current record in 2017 of 1 day 9 hrs 15 mins 24 secs.
Comanche, the innovative record-breaking maxi yacht designed by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier and launched in 2014 for Jim and Kristy Clark, was sold to Australian Cooney prior to the 2017 race.
Background: The 2019 fleet will be chasing line honours and the overall Tattersall Cup win in the 628nm Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race which starts December 26, 2019. From Sydney Harbour, the fleet sails out into the Tasman Sea, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait (which divides the mainland from the island State of Tasmania), then down the east coast of Tasmania. At Tasman Island the fleet turns right into Storm Bay for the final sail up the Derwent River to the historic port city of Hobart.