Comanche (yacht)

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Comanche at the start of the 2015 transatlantic race

Comanche is a 100 ft (33 m) maxi yacht. She was designed in France by VPLP and Guillaume Verdier and built in the United States by Hodgdon Yachts for Dr. James H. Clark and christened as Comanche.

Comanche holds the 24-hour sailing record for monohulls[1] covering 618 nmi in the 24 hours (averaging 25.75 knots (47.69 km/h)). Comanche won line honours in the 2015 Fastnet race and the 2015 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Comanche's skipper was Ken Read.[2] In 2017, Comanche set a 24-hour run of 484.1 nmi, a new Transpac record, with an average speed of 20.2 knots (37.4 km/h). [3]

Comanche won 2019 2225-mile 50th Trans-Pacific Yacht race with navigator Stan Honey, time 5 days 11 hours 14 minutes 05 seconds.

Additionally, the Comanche holds the Monohull Transatlantic sailing record for the fastest time of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, which they beat on the 28th of July, 2016. The current record is a time of 5 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes 25 second[4].

In December 2017, Comanche was sold to Australian Jim Cooney. [5]Comanche holds the fastest time for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race after winning the Sydney to Hobart 2017 in 1 day 9 hours 15 minutes 24 seconds.

Comanche was renamed to LDV Comanche when Jim Cooney purchased the yacht, due to a one-time sponsorship from SAIC Maxus Automotive Co's LDV brand. The yacht later returned to its original, unsponsored title of Comanche. Under this name it won the Sydney-Hobart race again in 2019 in 1 day 18 hours and 30 minutes.

Soon after the completion of the 2019 Sydney-Hobart race, Comanche was sold to a Russian interest group. Details of the sale have not been disclosed as of yet.


  1. ^ WSSR 253
  2. ^ Crosbie Lorimer (2016-12-26). "tour of supermaxi Comanche". Yachting World.
  3. ^ John Rousmaniere; Talbot Wilson (2016-06-19). "Comanche set Bermuda Race Record". Scuttlebutt Sailing News.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Comanche finds new owner Down Under". Scuttlebutt Sailing News. 2017-12-14.

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