John ‘Herman’ Winning Jr has chartered the Sydney Hobart record holder, Comanche. In their first hit out, Winning took Line Honours from Black Jack in the fluky 2022 Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race. She took Line Honours in just under 20 hours and won the inaugural 260nm Tollgate Islands Race. Herman has prefixed the boat’s name with ‘Andoo’ for Andoo Products, which partners with his Appliances Online. This is the boat to beat for Line Honours.
American Jim Clark and Aussie wife Kristy bought brand new Comanche for her first Rolex Sydney Hobart in 2014 and finished 49 mins behind Line Honours victor, Wild Oats XI, ahead of her Line Honours victory in 2015 after scoring Line Honours in the light and fluky 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race. She also smashed the 2225 nautical mile Transpac monohull record in 2017. Jim Cooney and Samantha Grant bought her just prior to the 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart and as LDV Comanche, she took Line Honours and the race record after a protest against Wild Oats XI. In 2018, Comanche was pipped for second over the Rolex Sydney Hobart finish line by Black Jack after a race-long battle between the four 100-footers, won by Wild Oats XI. Cooney last took her to Hobart in 2019 and took Line Honours after doing the same in the 2019 Transpac Race.
|Yacht Name||Andoo Comanche|
|Owner||John Winning Jr|
|Skipper||John Winning Jr (3)|
|Sailing Master||Iain Murray (26)|
|Navigator||Justin Shaffer (1)|
|Crew||Richard Allanson (14), Pablo Arrarte (4), Julien Cressant (3), Antonio Cuervas Mons, Nathan Dean, Peter Dean (1), Damien Durchon, Fraser Edwards, Sam Fay, Philip Jameson (7), Seve Jarvin (5), Campbell Knox (4), Antonio Mons (5), Sam Newton (6), Sven Runow (29), Justin Slattery (3), Harry Smith (1), Edward Smyth (2), Matt Stenta, Graeme Taylor (25), Andre Vorster, John Winning Sr (6)|
|Type||VPLP /Verdier Maxi 100ft|
|Designer||Verdier Yacht Design & VPLP, France|
|Builder||Hodgdon Yachts USA / Brandon Linton Composites|