Jim Clark and Neville Crichton have joined forces, with Crichton skippering LDV Comanche in this year’s race. He will be crewed by familiar faces from the 2014 and 2015 campaigns. Will face Wild Oats XI and Black Jack (former Alfa Romeo), the yacht Crichton sailed to line honours from WOXI in the 2009 race. He also took line honours in 2002 with a 90ft Alfa Romeo. Comanche contested the Hobart brand new in 2014, finishing 49 mins behind WOXI, and 2015 when she took line honours from Ragamuffin 100 - WOXI had retired. Now the downwind flyer is back – heaven help us if it is a downhill race - we’ve witnessed what she is capable of. In July 2017, with the Ken Read/Stan Honey combo, the yacht smashed the 2225 Transpac monohull record, half a day faster than the 2009 record of Crichton's ex Alfa Romeo. This after taking 24 hours off Marie Cha IV’s Transatlantic record, sailing 2880nm at an average of 21.44 knots.
In May 2015, she took the record/line//overall treble in the Block Island Race, then on July 12,2015, set a new 24 hour monohull speed record in the Transatlantic Race, covering 618.01 nautical miles (25.75 knot average). To put it in perspective, that’s just 10nm less than the Sydney Hobart. In August she won line honours in the fluky, light Rolex Fastnet Race by four and a half minutes after a race-long battle, with Rambler 88, then took line honours in all four races at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
|Owner||Jim Clark & Neville Crichton|
|Skipper||Neville Crichton (1)|
|Sailing Master||Casey Smith (1)|
|Crew||S Pollard (7), J Cressant, N Burridge, W Fleury, J von Schwarz (3), S Falcone, D De Ridder, K Harrap, R Godfrey (11), K Keeley, J Slattery, T Rae, J Spithill, L Sinclair, D Rolfe|
|Designer||Verdier Yacht Design & VPLP|
|Builder||Hodgdon Yachts USA|