American yachts lead Sydney-Hobart, defending champion out

American yachts lead Sydney to Hobart race, defending champion and a dozen more out

American yachts lead Sydney-Hobart, defending champion out

HOBART, Australia (AP) -- Rambler 88 led by six nautical miles over fellow American yacht Comanche early Sunday in a Sydney to Hobart race hit by overnight storms that forced the retirement of more than a dozen entries, including eight-time and defending champion Wild Oats XI.

Just over 19 hours into the race, Rambler 88 completed about 245 of the 628 nautical miles to Hobart, the capital of the island state of Tasmania.

Comanche, a 100-foot (30-meter) super maxi, managed to repair at sea a damaged rudder it sustained during the storm. Ragamuffin, the only other super maxi left in the race, was in third place, followed by Italian boat Maserati.

Wild Oats XI retired late Saturday with a torn mainsail, and was returning to Sydney.

Updated : 2021-04-18 10:19 GMT+08:00