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Top 4 moments from the 2015 Sydney Hobart race

Top 4 moments from the 2015 Sydney Hobart race

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Rambler and Ragamuffin

Super maxis in dramatic match race for second place

Picture courtesy of Rolex/Kurt Arrigo - Rolex Sydney Hobart - regattanews.com

Almost 11 hours later the two super maxis Ragamuffin 100 and Rambler finished just four minutes apart. The racing superyachts created quite a spectacle in the morning light as they match raced each other up the river Derwent in very light winds.

The 30.48 metre Ragamuffin 100 managed to sneak over the line ahead of 27 metre Rambler after deciding not to follow the American boat towards the shoreline.

If it weren’t for them experiencing problems of their own, both yachts may have had a chance of taking on Comanche.

Rambler had overtaken Comanche after she suffered damage, but ran into bad luck of her own as she also struck something and damaged her daggerboard. This allowed Comanche to retake the lead and slowly pull away. Rambler then missed the wind on the third evening and the crew suddenly found they had Ragamuffin 100 for company.

Ragamuffin 100 virtually capsized on the first night. They lost all of their electronics on day two and then they had to swerve and dodge two 25-foot whales. Life didn’t get any easier as they too suffered a broken daggerboard and lost ground on the two leaders. However a fortunate wind brought Rambler back into their grasp and they seized the opportunity during a tight duel to the finish.

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