The Derwent River awaited American yacht Comanche in the Sydney-Hobart 2015 yacht race. The frontrunners were warned that the Derwent River might make them lose the battle if not taken seriously. The Comanche was right at the front of the Sydney-Hobart race, rounded Tasman Island and entered home stretch. The supermaxi Comanche had a 20 nautical mile-lead over Rambler 88, coming in second. Ragamuffin is at the third place and Italian Maserati at fourth. Then it was time to congratulate Team Comanche for a great win.

While yacht enthusiasts were closely following the race and USA supporters were cheering for Team Comanche, a racist tweet by the organisers that was later deleted caused the public to express discontent, reports The Guardian.

“This is what happens when you stray off the reservation – Indian battling 35+ knots and sea-sickening waves. #RSHYR,” the tweet read.

Organisers of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race posted the tweet Sunday afternoon. It also posted a photo of the Craig Carter-owned and skippered Indian. It was deleted on Monday after many criticised the tweet as “racist,” “culturally insensitive,” and in “bad taste.”

The tweet created a furor mainly because of the use of the word “reservation” as it is considered highly offensive by Native Americans who went through a painful history of reservations. Built in Dubai, the Indian is one of the five entries in the 2015 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, writes ABC News.

This is not the first time that the race organisers referred to Native Americans as “Indians.” A recent Dec. 22 article was headlined “Damn the chiefs - this one is for the Indians.”

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