26 Dec 2015

Four Sydney to Hobart yachts retire from race

7:38 pm on 26 December 2015

Four yachts have retired from this year's Sydney to Hobart race, just five hours after it started.

More than 100 yachts lined up for the start of Australia's premier blue water yacht race, now in its 71st year.

Two Australian yachts, one from China and a British yacht have all returned to port with damage.

Comanche is currently leading Rambler 88, with Wild Oats Eleven - seeking a ninth line honours victory - trailing in third.

More than 100 yachts are still in the race.

The winners are expected to cross the finishing line in Hobart, approximately 630 nautical miles from Sydney, on Monday.