Southern Spars once again proves itself as the go-to mast manufacturer for top racing yachts, filling the 2015 Sydney-Hobart podium. This is the seventh year running that the Kiwi company has claimed the top three line honours spots, in an event which many dub the most challenging blue water race on earth.
Comanche, the VPLP-Verdier designed 100 footer, owned by Jim Clarke, competed in her second race, taking out line honours from George David’s Juan K designed Rambler 88 and Syd Fischer’s Dovel designed Raggamuffin 100.
The yachts in this year’s race were treated to a “classic Hobart race” featuring hard downwind running, a southerly buster with 40 plus knot winds, enormous seas, and some very light airs.
Many yachts retired, 41 in total, of the 108 entrants, proving that this was a particularly tough race.
Richard Lott, Southern Spars managing director, says that the company is very proud to be associated with so many high-profile Grand Prix yachts.
“Southern Spars would like to congratulate all of the competitors in the race. The Sydney-Hobart is an event that we look forward to every year. It is brilliant to see the race draw so many of the world’s fastest yachts together to compete, many of which we have the pleasure of being involved with. Helping these fantastic yachts achieve their goals of speed and reliability is the cornerstone of our business here at Southern Spars and it is wonderful to see so many of them doing well.”