The Audi Sydney-Gold Coast Race was the fastest in history, with “Wild Oats XI” obliterating George Snow’s (“Brindabella”) 13-year old record for the 384-mile race. The RP66 “Black Jack” also took out Brindie’s record, though only one non-canter could manage to finish ahead of Snow’s time of 27 hours and change – and that was Stephen Ainsworth’s RP63 “Loki”, which took the overall win on IRC. Check the CYCA News page for lots of stories from the race. A nice shot of Wild Oats crossing the line from (we think) Andrea Francolini, and here’s a report from Anarchist BooBoo, from the thread:
“What an EPIC race! I went over to do mainsheet on the ‘Living Doll’. Top boatspeed was 31.7 knots with regular bursts into the 30s, no headsails at all for the whole race other than prestart. The whole night was just a ‘sendfest’ with the Fractional Zero (FRO). Water everywhere, some massive waves and some big snouts into the back of waves. Broke the fractional halyard and dropped the FRO into the piss at a great speed. Races don’t really come any better than that. A nice start, a night of sending it HARD, then a sunny day of mid/light VMG running to dry out, followed by a rum jug frenzy in Southport.
We ended up 4th on line and handicap, and were a whole day ahead of last year when we won it on IRC on the Doll. Now back in the office in Auckland already and managed an afternoon at home with the family yesterday- perfect. I call it a win.”