Co­manche re­gains lead in Syd­ney to Hoba

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport - DE­CEM­BER 28, 2018

Co­manche re­gained the lead in the Syd­ney to Ho­bart yacht race on Thurs­day after ri­val Wild Oats XI had taken the overnight lead among a tight tus­sle of the four re­main­ing su­per­maxis.

The line honors fa­vorite Co­manche cur­rently holds a small lead with only half a dozen miles sep­a­rat­ing Black Jack, In­fotrack and nine­times win­ner Wild Oats XI, as the line honors con­tenders com­menced their cross­ing of Bass Strait ear­lier Thurs­day.

After winds dropped on Wed­nes­day evening, Co­manche’s 2017 race record mark of 1 day, 9 hours, 15 min­utes 24 sec­onds ap­pears to be safe as the lead boats are not ex­pected to ar­rive in Ho­bart, Tas­ma­nia un­til Fri­day morn­ing, well past the 1115 GMT re­quired to set a new record.

Winds are ex­pected to swing around to the west be­fore chang­ing to the south some­time on Thurs­day.

The all-fe­male crewed Wild Oats X, skip­pered by Aus­tralian Stacey Jack­son but with sailors from Bri­tain, New Zealand, the U.S. and the Nether­lands is about 20 nau­ti­cal miles be­hind In­fotrack in the 630-nau­ti­cal-mile race (1,170 kilo­me­ters) down the south­east­ern Aus­tralian coast, across Bass Strait and into Ho­bart, the cap­i­tal of the is­land state of Tas­ma­nia.

M3 Team Hun­gary be­came the lat­est of four boats to re­tire from the 85-strong fleet and has made her way to Ul­ladulla on the New South Wales south coast.

In­ter­na­tional su­per­maxi en­try Sun Hung Kai Scal­ly­wag from Hong Kong was one of two early re­tire­ments on Wed­nes­day after it sus­tained a bro­ken bow sprint. The other re­tirees are TP52 Zen and Pa­triot. – AP which is nor­mal,” Ancelotti said. “It’s not good for us and it’s not good for Ital­ian foot­ball.” Napoli went on to lose the match 1-0 after Lau­taro Martinez net­ted a stop­page-time win­ner for In­ter.

Koulibaly posted on Twit­ter of his pride of be­ing born in France to Sene­galese par­ents.

“I’m sorry about the de­feat and es­pe­cially to have left my broth­ers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of be­ing French, Sene­galese, Neapoli­tan: a man,” he wrote. It is the lat­est in­ci­dent of racism to blight Ital­ian foot­ball.

Sul­ley Mun­tari walked off the field dur­ing a Serie A game in April 2017 in re­sponse to racial abuse. The Pescara mid­fielder was in­fu­ri­ated after un­suc­cess­fully try­ing to get the ref­eree to halt the game at Cagliari. – AP

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