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2018 Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart Race - Duels afloat to decide winners

by Peter Campbell 28 Dec 2018 06:19 PST 28 December 2018

Sailing duels between boats at different ends of the fleet overnight and early on Saturday should decide the line and handicap winners of the Riversdale Estate Wines L2H (Launceston to Hobart) ocean yacht race.

Duelling for line honours are six-times winner The Fork in the Road and challenger Tilt, while the battle for the IRC and AMS rating (handicap) categories is between Footloose and Lawless, two of the smaller boats in the 26-boat fleet.

Night sailing tactics and seamanship will be the deciding factors betweenTilt, Peter and Catherine Cretan's Marten 49, and The Fork in the Road, the Bakewell-White 45 skippered by Gary Smith, with the two big yachts locked in a boat-for-boat duel since they sailed into the Tasman Sea early today.

Late this afternoon, the two boats were within shouting distance of each other as they sailed past Wineglass Bay, about 125 nautical miles from the finish.

The Derwent Sailing Squadron's computer predicted Tilt and The Fork in the Road will finish just four minutes apart about 1.30pm tomorrow.

Early this evening, two yachts had retired and two others had sought shelter because of 'boisterous conditions' off the lower East Coast.

Since sunrise today the north-easterly breeze has steadily strengthened, potentially favouring the smaller boats on handicap.

Lawless, a Green 31, skippered by Stephen McElwee from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club, early today was the predicted IRC and PHS handicap leader.

However, during the day Stewart Geeves' Footloose, a Young 88 from the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, outsailed Lawless to gain a narrow handicap advantage in both IRC and AMS handicap categories.

Early this evening, two yachts, B&G Advantage and Talofa advised the Derwent Sailing Squadron they had retired from the race and were sheltering in the Shouten Islands.

B&G Advantage, Jeff Cordell's Mumm 36 from Bellerive Yacht Club which won the inaugural L2H race, reported 'mechanical malfunctions'.

Talofa, Rob Cawthorn's North Shore 38 from Ketterng Yacht Club reported 'mainsail problems.' Phase Three, Paul Strong's Zeston 36, from BYC, has sort shelter in Wineglass Bay to under repairs to her headsail furling gear. They intend to resume racing when possible.

Tas Maritime Radio was advised at 18:49 hours that the yacht was seven nautical miles east of Friendly Beaches.

Later this evening, Avenger, Peter Marmion's Adams 12 from Huon Yacht Club, advised the Race Director that they were seeking shelter in Wineglass Bay due to 'boisterous conditions'. They intend to continue racing when possible.

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