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The 100 footers in the Sydney-Hobart race - A battle of giants
by Chevalier Taglang

Five IRC supermaxis (measuring 100ft, or 30.48m, in length), out a decade-record of 118 sailing yachts, have signed up to enter the seventieth Sydney to Hobart race in Australia on Boxing Day. Among these is the brand new 100ft American raider Comanche, designed by French designers VPLP and Guillaume Verdier.

Launched on September 27th, 2014, at the Hodgdon shipyard in Boothbay, ME, Comanche received her keel and Southern Spars rig in Newport and only had the time for a trial sail to Charleston, SC, where she was boarded on a container ship destined to Sydney.

She was commissioned for Dr. Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon graphics and Netscape, who hopes to collect some silverware and break offshore records: She will be entered in the Sydney-Hobart, the Fastnet, the New York-Bermuda, the Transatlantic and Transpac races. She is also hoped to break the 24-hour record, the transatlantic monohull record (currently held by Mari-Cha IV at 6 days, 17 hours and 21 minutes). Potentially a circumnavigation record is also envisaged. Her skipper Ken Read, president of North Sails, said that "she is not made to race around the buoys".

It took the Hodgdon shipyard barely twelve months to build the largest pre-preg carbonfiber yacht in the USA. The choice of the yacht's designers, VPLP and Guillaume Verdier, was largely due to their stellar track record in the 60ft IMOCA circuit. read the whole article>

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