Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
Extreme hood system with "Owl" vision GORE-TEX® Ocean -- the world's most durably waterproof fabric Internal Neoprene "smooth skin" waistband for a close fit and minimising water ingress Internal Dartex neck seal and Extreme Hood System designed to protect against freezing water on wave impact All linings have been removed to increase breathability, reduce weight and increase comfort. Ergonomic sleeve construction. Features Riri® Aqua Zips and adjustable shock cord at the hem. Fabric combines the super strong GORE-TEX® Ocean Technology® membrane laminated to our highly durable outer fabric. ® Henri-Lloyd is a registered trademark of Henri-Lloyd Limited. GORE-TEX® and GORE-TEX® Ocean Technology® are registered trademarks of W.L Gore and associates. Photography: onEdition Photography. www.henrilloyd.com Introducing next-generation Supercomfort products. Find out more at www.henrilloyd.com/supercomfort The streamlined ergonomics of the Ocean Racer range has been applied to the GORE-TEX® Offshore Racer Jacket. Racers will benefit from the reduction in weight and the new Ocean Hood Pod design. The hood, constructed from 3 layer lightweight high visibility GORE-TEX® fabric is lighter and more compact and packs away into the articulated 'Ocean Hood Pod' for an improved fit. The Extreme Hood provides 'Owl Vision' with 3 adjustment options to give a fit that moves with the wearer's head. To reduce water absorption and increase long term comfort, the collar is lined with Rentex quick drying mesh and the jacket has an internal back waist adjustment which allows a closer fit to maximise freedom of movement. Ahowling southerly that topped 38 knots on the first night put the front runners on record breaking pace but like so many times before, the further north they travelled, the lighter the breeze went, safeguarding Brindabella's course record for the eighth consecutive year. It was a fast and colourful spinnaker start in late July in an 18-22 knot sou'easter that saw the entire fleet exit Sydney Harbour in just 24 minutes. The pre-race forecast warned of fresh breezes offshore during the first night but some skippers were caught by suprise when it started edging close to 40 knots. By the first morning, the race was over for four boats. Twenty three hours into the 384 nautical mile coastal race, Steven David's Reichel/Pugh 60 Wild Joe had upset proceedings by taking a winning punt offshore before gybing back in to find they were leading the larger Mark Richards skippered Wild Oats X and Ichi Ban, Commodore Matt Allen's Jones 70. Wild Oats X went onto take line honours for the second time in this race with an elapsed time of 1 day 10 hours 0 minutes and 45 seconds, but overall IRC victory belonged to David. Upon confirmation of his win, Steven David thanked his crew for the effort they put into the boat's preparation. "Setting the boat up for this race is a big thing. We used the Audi Winter Series on Sydney Harbour to iron out a few niggling problems and we've made a few modifications since Hamilton Island Race Week last year. Both things have seen us perform well in this race. Tilting at the bar!
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