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Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Race: Wild Oats X establishes fastest monohull time

by Lisa Ratcliff 3 Aug 2019 18:10 PDT 4 August 2019

The Oatley family's famous and decades-long Wild Oats sailing campaign has chalked up another win, this time with the Reichel Pugh 66, Wild Oats X, which finished first monohull home in a thrilling Lendlease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race.

Six boats have completed the inaugural 530 nautical mile race and nine remain at sea with those bringing up the rear, Peccadillo and Reflection, both carrying damage, due early afternoon on Monday August 5.

Posting an elapsed time of 1 day 10 hours 46 minutes 53 seconds, Wild Oats X crew finished the same way they'd spent most of the race - wet - thanks to a late night Whitsundays downpour. South-east trade winds create excellent sailing conditions but also bring sudden showers, and while holidaymakers are ruing the lack of swimming weather this weekend, the six crews who've arrived are grinning.

At Hamilton Island Yacht Club late Saturday evening, Oats' skipper Glenn Bourke said: "It was a fantastic race for us; maybe we've set a record that won't be broken for a long time. We had breeze behind us the whole way. It was stressful, windy, hard work, fast - and so exciting."

Navigator Adrienne Cahalan believes this new annual race, created by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron with the cooperation of Hamilton Island, is going to be a popular one. "For a navigator it was really challenging, no sleep and so many important decisions to make that can make or break the race. It was pretty straightforward for us given we had the same breeze direction the whole way but in the future there will be big decisions to be made," she said.

Finally, Bourke, Hamilton Island's CEO, added: "We loved it and it was great to see the numbers for the first year. Everyone who sailed that race will remember it for a very long time."

David Griffith, owner of the fourth mono to finish, the JV62 Chinese Whisper, said today: "It was hard to keep up with the lightweight TP52s on this angle of sailing. We had a sensational reach along the coast with many sail changes, and a bit of water across the boat as we run down the seas," he added laconically.

Later today, Sunday August 4, RQYS is expected to announce the IRC overall winner with Matt Allen's JV52 Ichi Ban, second monohull to finish ahead of the Queensland favourite, Envy Scooters, set to live up to its Japanese moniker - number one.

Track the fleet and see the latest handicap standings here.

Sebastian Bohm's Rogers 46 Smuggler from Sydney has been declared the line honours, IRC overall and PHS winner of the club's longstanding Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race.

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