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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race 2008 fleet heading out of Sydney Harbour

Audi Sydney Gold Coast fleet home. Results confirmed

The overall winner of the PHS division was John Simpson’s Shark Face, with Sea Quest second and Obsession third. After being notified of his win in the PHS division John Simpson was an even happier man than yesterday evening. “This is great news to be told first thing in the morning....

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  • 29 Jul 2008 10:35:00
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JULY 2008

Strong West/Sou’westerly winds pushing Audi Sydney Gold Coast fleet home

For Paul Clitheroe, owner of Balance, he had rolled the dice on Saturday afternoon and took the decision to go wide, with the next roll being when to come back inshore. Offshore, Balance was sailing along quite nicely and maintaining good boat speed before getting caught in the thunderstorms. “That was one of the most intense thunderstorms I have seen in a long time, said Paul. “The lightening lit up the night sky – but being in the middle of a lightening & thunderstorm with an aluminium mast is something that when it hits – you know that it’s one place that you don’t want to be and it’s paramount to ensure crew safety.”...

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  • 28 Jul 2008 20:13:00
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Quantum Racing takes line honours in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

Ray Roberts recalled their race upon setting his feet on dry land “It was a fantastic but tough race. We had a pretty good start and were in a good position with Quest and Ragamuffin (the early leaders off the start line) and Yendys. We continued to battle with the other 50ft yachts over the first afternoon and evening.”...

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  • 28 Jul 2008 10:00:00
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Associates Annual Parade of Sail report

The judges admitted they had a tough job, however threw in a few additional categories such as ‘tidiest toilet’ and ‘best entertainment’, just for fun. The winner this year was Karalee, owned by Ian Hansen, with second place presented to Alan Stanton’s Samiel, third to Nigel Stokes’ Fidelis....

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  • 27 Jul 2008 18:09:00
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It’s a Battle of the 50ft Yachts in the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

It is anticipated that the lead boats will cross the finish line at approx 4am Monday morning with conditions at the finish line off Southport’s Main Beach currently showing 5-10 knots W/SW, with a possible increase in the wind to 15-20 knots....

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  • 27 Jul 2008 16:45:00
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A Lot Can Happen Overnight!

Wild Joe was also forced to retire due to rudder damage sustained to the forward rudder. Owner Steven David reported in after the boat was in port after assessing damage, “We were surfing off a wave at approx. 1.20am this morning (about 60 miles offshore) and we had good boat speed of 20-22 knots in 18-20 knots of breeze. We came down off the wave and hit a submerged object. The boat stopped dead and we heard the crack of carbon as we lost the forward rudder. None of the crew were injured and we made it back to Port Stephens. If we haven’t sustained any keel damage we’ll be up at Hamilton Island Race Week after further assessment.”...

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  • 27 Jul 2008 08:30:00
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Shortwave, Yendys and Wot Now in a battle for the lead

Amongst the lead pack, Ragamuffin, Yendys, Flirt and Quantum Racing are both sailing outside of the rhumbline trying to utilise some offshore breeze. The lead four boats are currently averaging speeds of 8 – 10 knots....

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  • 27 Jul 2008 00:13:00
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A colorful start to the 23rd Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

Mark Richards skipper of Wild Oats X commented on his retirement from the race “We aren’t having much luck in the 66ft class this week! We broke the bobstay and that caused the bowsprit to break just after we had cleared the heads – but that’s ocean racing for you.”...

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  • 26 Jul 2008 16:47:00
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast Fleet in for a light start

Paul Clitheroe, media’s money man has just fitted a new spinnaker pole and if he and his crew can figure out how to use it properly they are in for an exciting race. “There are three Sydney 47’s racing in this race and the boats are set-up for conditions like this and they love the wind across the beam!, “ said Paul. “I have been told by my crew not to be too aggressive so that I don’t break anything - when we were sailing to Hobart on the first night I blew two spinnakers!”...

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  • 26 Jul 2008 11:11:00
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Light west to south westerly winds will mark the start of the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

Michael Logan, Manager, Bureau of Meteorology, announced the conditions that the fleet of 76 yachts may experience over the race period. For the start of the Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race at 1pm on Saturday 26 July, light westerly winds of approx 5-10 knots are forecast. The outlook for Saturday appears to be mostly fine with a maximum temperature of 17C....

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  • 25 Jul 2008 10:56:00
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