Hildebrand continues to thrive on high seas

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ROUGH OCEAN: Comanche battles the waves during it’s Sydney to Hobart win last month. PHOTO: Herald Sun

FORMER King Valley resident John Hildebrand said he has no intentions of retiring from top-level sailing after playing a key role in a stunning ninth Rolex Sydney to Hobart line honours victory last week.

Hildebrand, 53, was the boat captain on board Comanche as the super-maxi made up for last year’s heartbreaking loss where it finished third to Wild Oats XI and Black Jack.

It was the second year with Comanche for Hildebrand, who spent 12 years on board Wil Oats XI where he was part of eight line honours victories in the historic race.

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