Another back in the day post from SA, this one December of 2015
We’re still not sure if Jim Clark’s monster-maxi logo is a Comanche or Keith Richards, but with her never-say-die ingenuity overcoming major appendage damage, Kenny Read and the big indian’s crew made mincemeat of the previously all-conquering Wild Oats XI. This despite a decade of design and redesign from the Oatley’s skinny recordholder specifically for this race – and only this race – and we remain confused and slightly shocked that the all-star crew of they Sydney boat was defeated by something as pedestrian as the failure of her $200,000 3DI mainsail. Was it a brand new sail, and if not, why wasn’t it? Was it poor crew work? A ‘white squall’?
We’d tell you more, but there ain’t much – and of course the best place in the world for all the news is right here on our forums. Sailor Girl’s live feed from Constitution Dock ain’t bad either – here’s her interview with Ken Read and the rest of the Comanche crew earlier this morning. Thanks entirely to Nic, we know Comanche’s victory was far from easy even with the silver arrow crawling home with her tail between her legs.
Ken explained that Comanche broke her board near the hull, hanging on the uphaul and banging around threatening the hull. They cut the board free, but it collected the rudder on its way back, and after the shunt, the steering system was broken with the rudder facing backward. Toolboxes came out, the steering was repaired, and they decided it was safe to continue. For the rest of the story, hit Nic’s link above.