Comanche, the 100-foot supermaxi owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark and built at Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay, Maine , has unofficially broken the current West to East transatlantic monohull sailing record. Comanche crossed the finish line at Lizard Point in Cornwall, England at
7:45 a.m. EST Thursday, July 29, for a total crossing time of five days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds, according to Audrey Hodgdon, marketing manager at Hodgdon. Comanche’s crossing time beat the current record by 27 hours. Comanche’s average speed was over 21 knots.
“Since being launched from Hodgdon Yachts in East Boothbay, Maine, USA at the end of 2014, Comanche has been such a success thanks largely to her talented sailors, passionate owners, and of course a tremendous design by Guillaume Verdier/VPLP Design and build by Hodgdon Yachts in collaboration with the owner’s build team,” said Timothy Hodgdon, President of Hodgdon Yachts. “In 2015 she set the 24-hour monohull speed record and won line honors at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. This year she set the Newport Bermuda race record, breaking the previous record by almost 5 hours. Comanche is currently on track to break the transatlantic monohull record, which will be an amazing additional accomplishment.”
The current monohull transatlantic West to East Record is 6 days, 17 hours, 52 minutes, and 39 seconds and was set in 2003 by Mari-Cha IV. The route is around 2,880 nautical miles and goes from Ambrose Lighthouse (New York) to Lizard Point (UK).