Wild Oats XI took line honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record eighth time on Sunday, holding out a late challenge from American super-maxi Comanche in its big race debut. Australian-owned Wild Oats crossed the finish line to complete the 70th edition of the blue water classic in an unoffical time of 2 days, 2 hours and 2 minutes. The 100 foot super maxi has taken line honors in the race eight times in 10 years. In winning Sunday, it broke the record of the Australian yacht Morna – later named Kurrewa IV – which took line honours seven times between 1946 and 1960. Comanche, owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze Clark and skippered by Ken Read, was listed as having about 10 nautical miles to sail when Wild Oats XI crossed the finish line off Battery Point just after 3 p.m. local time. Another American super maxi, Rio 100, was in third place about 120 nautical miles behind Comanche and just ahead of Australia’s Black Jack and Alive. Back on dry land and reunited with Mr Oatley AO -Thank you for the warm welcome @Tasmania - #WildOatsXI #RSHYR @GoPro pic.twitter.com/Le2UKQ4I29 — Wild Oats XI (@WildOatsXI) December 28, 2014 Comanche, which was launched in October and is being tested in race conditions for the first time, led defending champion Wild Oats XI for most of the first day of the race, after its start Friday on Sydney Harbour. But Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards, took over the lead early Saturday morning, shortly before the yachts entered Bass Strait which separates mainland Australia from the island state of Tasmania. Meteorologists said Wild Oats XI had managed to sail through an atmospheric ridge in Bass Strait, while Comanche had been stalled by it. “We’ve had better days, that’s for sure,” Read said Saturday. “It’s been increasingly frustrating. There are troughs that moved over top of us and sucked us all in instead of moving us ahead. But the boat has been spectacular.” Comanche was able to cut into Wild Oats XI’s lead as the yachts headed towards Tasman Island and Storm Bay and finally into the Derwent River which leads to the finish line off the seafront in the Tasmanian capital.