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Audi Hamilton Island Race - Tiny Tassie boat triumphing in paradise
Tue, 20 Aug 2013
A tiny Tasmanian entry which was first sailed by its new owners on the delivery from Airlie Beach last Saturday morning is cleaning up in Performance Racing II division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.With back-to-back race wins the husband and wife team of Piers and Sarah Findlay are leading their division by four points.
The Elliott VII Rum To Paradise is a new acquisition for the Findlays from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club, one of nine entries from the state with a vast maritime history that has always been a great supporter of Race Week, despite the massive distance competitors have to travel.
'Today was a magic day on the water, really special,' said Sarah post racing. While surprised by their second win they are a highly experienced team with plenty of on-water credentials.
'Piers and I have done a lot of sailing and we have also built boats,' she said adding, 'We are just here to have fun.' In 2008 the couple did the same thing, bought a boat en route to Hamilton Island and went on to collect a trophy for their efforts with a second in division.
With the daytime temperature peaking at 13 degrees when they left home, the Tassie component of the crew are pretty happy to be wearing shorts and T’swhile enjoying balmy winter conditions at Hamilton Island.
The crew of four, including Sarah’s brother Cameron Gibson and another crew Jack Wells from Brisbane, are in very close company at Hamilton Island, racing all dayon the 23-footer and sleeping on the boat at night until a very kind neighbour on the marina noticed their cramped living conditions and offered them a bunk on his larger boat.
Well-known Australian boat builder John McConaghy’s Second Time Around is leading Performance Racing Division 1 from Philip Grove’s Sydney 39 Huntress and Matt Allen’s Farr 400 Ichi Ban.
Cruising Division II winner Darryle Dransfield was delighted with his race on day two of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week yesterday.
Cruising Division I and II boats sailed a 17nm course around White Rock and Denman Island, arriving back at Dent Passage to wrap up another beautiful day on the water.
The winning skipper steered his boat, called ‘That Boat’, to first place in light conditions, relying on momentum to carry the boat over the course when the wind eased and picking up speed nicely when the breeze peaked at 12 knots from the NNW.
'We didn’t challenge the start because there was a current in the passage, but we had to get it right,' said Dransfield from the Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay.
'A couple of the guys had to fire their engines up when they were caught out in the tide,' he said. Dransfield is lapping up his time on the island and is looking forward to enjoying what the rest of the week has in store.
'We love coming here. It’s my fourth year.I’m very happy with how we are going,I couldn’t be happier!'
Racing continues today with 11am starts for all divisions on different courses.