The 2018 Sydney to Hobart is shaping up as a battle to the death between the supermaxis

Peter Parks/AFP/Getty ImagesAustralian Supermaxi yacht Comanche (C) sails through Sydney Harbour at the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on December 26, 2018.

The remaining supermaxis in the 2018 Sydney to Hobart were separated by only a few miles this morning as they crossed Bass Strait.

Comanche held a slender lead after sailing further east than the other supermaxis early in the race allowing for a faster run south, but all four of the main contenders were in close contact around 7am.

Half way across Bass Strait, Wild Oats XI was just 0.5 nautical miles behind Comanche according to the official race tracker at 7.25am AEST.

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Tracker

Black Jack and InfoTrack were sitting 3.4nm and 5.1nm, respectively, back from Comanche. This constitutes all remaining supermaxis in the race after Scallywag retired soon after leaving Sydney.

It sets the scene for an epic battle for line honours with just over 300nm to go to the finish line in Hobart. Last year, Comanche smoked the fleet on the journey south before being overtaken by Wild Oats XI in the final stages as lighter wind conditions favoured its narrower, lighter design. Comanche has been lightened this year to try and make it more competitive in fickle conditions.

In the following fleet, Philip Turner’s Alive is leading the group with the all-woman crewed Wild Oats X holding sixth position in the line honours race. John Winning’s Winning Appliances is in seventh.

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