Offshore Yachting : February March 2013
Sevenstar -- Australia Agencies: Phone +612 96932100 email@example.com New Zealand -- Navigator Shipbrokers: Phone +64 21512353 firstname.lastname@example.org Sevenstar Yacht Transport -- Head Office: Amsterdam, The Netherlands email@example.com YachtTransportis an art Entrust yacht transport to Sevenstar ANDREA FRANCOLINI XI's co-navigator confirmed Cropley's statement, adding: "We were constantly changing sails in yesterday's changing conditions. The wind gradually shifted around to the north/north-east, and built in the early hours of the morning." The north-easterly was at 15 knots and built to 30 knots. Cropley reported after the change: "Wild Oats is now about 30 miles ahead of Lahana and Ragamuffin- Loyal is around 20 miles ahead." Behind its record by 27 miles, these are the conditions the leader and her cohorts were banking on; hard running across Bass Strait. It cost all some breakages and sails, but Wild Oats constantly logged 24 knots, putting her on record pace. Abeam of Flinders Island, she was around 10 miles ahead of her 2005 record, and had to finish before 7:40.10am on December 28 to beat it. About 32 miles behind, Ragamuffin-Loyal was also inside the record. At 5:00am, Wild Oats was approximately 40 minutes behind the record, the nor' easter replaced by a weaker westerly. But at 7:00am, the crew's hopes were revived as the boat picked up speed to 15 knots in a fresher breeze. Her original 8:30am ETA was upgraded to 8:00am, then 7:50, 7:36, 7:23 and 7:13 with five miles to go. The breeze eased. Richards ordered a bigger sail up front, and although her pace slowed, she was fast enough to break the record. The tension aboard could be seen in every face. Elated, Richards said: "We're all over the moon. How many places have this level of race with a fleet this size? "Last year we were beaten by Investec Loyal (now Ragamuffin-Loyal) by three minutes, which was very disappointing. This year we beat them by much more," he said of the 45 miles and over four- hour gap. "We'll be back next year," Richards declared. Bob Oatley concurred. Of beating the old record, Richards explained: "We just kept chipping away. You expect it to be light in the Derwent and it did get lighter towards the end. This is a very testing event and the Derwent is very testing." Along with the treble, Adrienne Cahalan finished her 21st Hobart, a Women's record, while team member Steve Jarvin sailed his landmark 25th race and made it a record 11 line honours victories. Meanwhile, Jazz, Chris Bull's Cookson 50, and the TP52 Calm, skippered by Jason Van Der Slot, were hoping to spoil the treble for the Oatley's boat. Jazz, whose British owner races internationally, finished the race fourth overall last year and second in 2010, so anything was possible.
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