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Friday, August 5, 2016

Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race Record Up For Grabs

The 10th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race got underway this morning at 11:00 in a brisk 18-21 knot southerly breeze. Peter Harburg’s VOR70, Black Jack led Wild Oats XI briefly before the Oatley Family’s 100 foot Reichel Pugh super-maxi charged out of Moreton Bay with one thing on her mind, and one thing only, the race record for line honours.
Wild Oats XI Photo: Andrea Francolini
Alive, the Tasmanian RP 62 owned by Duncan Hines and crewed by some of the Apple Isle’s finest sailors including Moth Champion, Rob Gough, sat right on their tail in what was the windiest start in the history of the race and certainly the most spectacular for competitors and spectators alike.
Black Jack Photo: Andrea Francolini
Wild Oats XI is set to shave several hours off her own race record set in 2011 at 24 hours, 22 minutes and 20 seconds and is estimated to cross the finish line at Keppel Bay at 3:38 am on Saturday August 6. 
Mr Kite Photo: Andrea Francolini
Peter Harburg's Black Jack (RQYS) is currently leading the overall handicap ahead of Alive , Wild Oats XI and Swish.
Wildflower 2 Photo: Andrea Francolini
So far the race has claimed two casualties. Ragtime retired with mainsail damage and returned to Brisbane while the DK46 Dekadence dismasted and luckily survived with no hull damage. The crews aboard each yacht are safe.


Lulu Roseman

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Conditions in the seas around Brisbane can be rather unpredictable but by the looks of the race, it just might prove to be the right circumstances they need to do well in this run!

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