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1. Supermodel Kirsty Hinze makes history as first female yacht owner to win Sydney to Hobart.
A foreign-owned yacht co-skippered and co-owned by a supermodel has won the Sydney to Hobart.
“Comanche” won the race in 2days 8hours 58min 30sec – it’s co-founder and co-skipper Kirsty Hinze-Clarke steering the yacht to victory.
Waiting for her at Constitution Dock was her husband Jim Clark.
Hinze-Clarke has made history becoming the first female boat owner to win the race.
Upon arrival at Constitution Dock Hinze-Clarke celebrated.
“I just got more wet then that I did the entire race,” she said when showered by champagne on arrival.
Skipper Ken Read praised Hinze-Clarke saying “First time out in the open ocean. She has been out in plenty of boats but has never done anything like this.”
“And she was as tough as nails. There was no baby sitting involved and [she] did some driving and she is one the grinders and everything else. She as very impressive.
“All you Australians should be proud of your little daughter here.”
Comanche was a popular favourite after being damaged on the first night and returning for repairs.
32 yachts have retired from the Sydney to Hobart, the highest attrition rates in more than a decade.
Comanche’s time was the slowest line honours winning time since 2009.