The Yachts




Last year Comanche was pipped for second over the line by Black Jack after a race-long battle between this pair, Wild Oats XI and InfoTrack. As LDV Comanche, she took line honours and the race record in 2017, in the time of 1 day 9hrs 15mins 24secs, just a week or so after Jim Cooney and wife Samantha Grant bought her. Cooney took monohull line honours in the 2019 Transpac Race after breaking the Flinders Islet, Newcastle Bass Island and Bird Island race records in 2018. Comanche will be crewed again by Cooney, Grant, their son James, and many familiar faces from last year.

Originally owned by American Jim Clark and wife Kristy, Comanche contested the Hobart brand new in 2014, finishing 49 mins behind line honours victor, Wild Oats XI, and then took line honours from Ragamuffin 100 in 2015. In 2017, the 100 footer smashed the 2225 nautical mile Transpac monohull record after taking 24 hours off the Transatlantic race record, sailing 2880nm at an average of 21.44 knots. She also won line honours in the fluky, light 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race and took line honours in all four races at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.


Competitor Details

Yacht Name Comanche
Sail Number AUS12358
Owner Jim Cooney & Samantha Grant
Skipper Samantha Grant (1) and Jim Cooney (7)
Crew J Cooney (3), A Henderson (21), D Wisland (4), J Hildebrand (13), K Langford (1), P Arrate (3), T Johnson (1), S Runow (28), R Godfrey (13), S Nolan (17), E Hackney, J Cressant (1), S Pollard (8), M Sanderson, S Honey (6), S Bannatyne (11)
State NSW
Type 100 Supermaxi
Designer Verdier Yacht Design & VPLP, France
Builder Hodgdon Yachts USA
Construction Carbon fibre
LOA 30.48
Beam 7.8
Draft 6.5