Sydney to Hobart 2017: The start

Sydney to Hobart 2017: The start

Sydney to Hobart 2017: The start Black Jack moves ahead of LDV Comanche as they make their way past the Sydney Heads during the start of the 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: AAP Image/David Moir
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Wild Oats X enters open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. Photo: AP/Rick Rycroft

LDV Comanche, right, trails Wild Oats XI as they enter open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. Photo: AP/Rick Rycroft

Black Jack at the start of the 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: AAP Image/David Moir

Watsons Bay ahead of the start of the 73rd annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: AAP /Brendan Esposito

Crew work to raise a sail on LDV Comanche. Photo: AP/Rick Rycroft

LDV Comanche (right) and Wild Oats XI narrowly miss each other as they tack outside the heads at the start of the 73rd annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: AAP/Brendan Esposito

Supermaxi LDV Comanche enters open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race Sydney. Photo: AP/Rick Rycroft

Supermaxi Wild Oats XI enters open water during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. Photo: AP/Rick Rycroft

The supermaxi Black Jack passes the heads of Sydney Harbour during the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race. Photo: AP/Rick Rycroft

Crowds gather to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Race yacht race. Photo: Anna Kucera

Black Jack (front) and LDV Comanche (behind). Photo: Anna Kucera

Crowds gather to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: Anna Kucera

Crowds gather to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: Anna Kucera

Crowds gather to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Photo: Anna Kucera

TweetFacebookSupermaxis LDV Comanche and Wild Oats XI have come dangerously close to colliding in the early stages of Tuesday’s 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Comanche appeared to haveflown a protest flag aftera hair-raisingmanouevrefrom Wild Oats XI, which cut across her rival despiteComanchehaving right-of-way.

The race-favourite was not forced to alter course, which may save Wild Oats XI from receiving a time penalty for a dangerous manouevre.

Black Jack set the early tempo at the start of this year’sSydney to Hobart, leading eight-time winner Wild Oats XI out of the Sydney Heads.

Wild Oats XI started slowly for the second consecutive year but recovered to pass LDV Comanche, which had been side by side with Black Jack in the opening exchanges.

An easterly breeze made the early going tough for last year’s winner Infotrack, formerly Perpetual Loyal, who could only look on helplessly as the other three super maxis sped away.

Infotrack was fifth to turn out of the harbour behind Wild Oats X, the latter making her race debut.

It’s on: Black Jack, LDV Comanche and Wild Oats XI exiting Sydney Heads. Photo: James Brickwood