Snapshot Sunday – Comanche – Maxi Yacht

US yacht Commanche in Hobart after the 2014 race.
US yacht Comanche in Hobart after the 2014 race.

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is underway again. Weather conditions have been tough and up to tonight about 27 yachts have retired from the fleet of 102 including maxi yachts Wild Oats XI, and Perpetual Loyal. Currently in the lead although damaged is US yacht Comanche whose skipper vows she will finish the race if they have to paddle here. Here is Comanche pictured in Hobart after last year’s race.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.


    • Comanche is a maxi yacht, the really big ones have crews of 20 and their masts are taller than most buildings in Hobart but there will be plenty of quite small ones arriving in Hobart over the next few days and I’ll be going into the city to photograph them as I do every year.

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