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Comanche Wins 75th Sydney To Hobart

Comanche has won the 75th Sydney To Hobart crossing the finish line at around 7.30am (AEDT) on Saturday morning, claiming its third line honours victory.

The winning team was trailed by supermaxis  InfoTrack and Black Jack on the River Derwent.

The race record-holder Comanche felt the impact of changing winds and fell to fourth place on Thursday evening. But, by Friday morning, it reclaimed its spot among the leaders  as the sun rose.

At 6am (AEDT) on Saturday the two-time winner was about 14 nautical miles ahead of InfoTrack in Hobart's River Derwent.

Comanche earlier broke away from a five-strong pack of supermaxis down Tasmania's east coast having taken a wider route across Bass Strait on Friday.

She stalled at one stage on a windless River Derwent before crossing the line in a time of one day, 18 hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds.

InfoTrack is in second place for line honours, while Black Jack, Hong Kong's SHK Scallywag 100 and nine-time winner Wild Oats XI are jostling for third.

Skippered by Samantha Grant and Jim Cooney, Comanche was last year defeated by Wild Oats XI in a very close finish on the River Derwent.

Comanche's previous wins were in 2015 and 2017, the latter coming in race-record time after Wild Oats XI was stripped of the title in a post-race protest.

NSW boat Minerva became the fleet's third retirement overnight, reducing the number of yachts in the race to 154.

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