Sydney yacht Koa retired third after losing her rudder in Bass Strait. According to race management and the police, the entire crew was doing well.
Waterway Police sent a vessel to assist and the stricken boat was towed to Eden in NSW.
Koa’s retreat reduced the fleet size to 106 after Avalanche (broken bowsprit) and Yeah Baby (rudder damage) pulled the pin early.
Avalanche launched a protest against Llama II, which is due to be heard on Friday.
Overall victory is up to everyone, with Australian boats Chuzpah, Mistral, Midnight Rambler and Quest in contention.
It was an eventful start to the 77th Boxing Day edition with both Andoo Comanche and Wild Oats completing penalty corners within the first 20 minutes.
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