Sean LANGMAN's AAPT the 2004 outright corrected time winner narrowly outpaced by Grant WHARINGTON's Skandia for the record breaking line honours win last Easter will be prepared to challenge the 20 hr 24 min 50 sec time.
AAPT already holds the distinction of setting two of the three fastest Gladstone race times ever recorded and is capable of sailing the course with the required 15.2 knot average speed to crack the record.
The expected strong breeze which will place heavy wind sailing skills on notice will suit the match racing Mumm 30 class ocean racing 'dinghies' the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club sloop Tow Truck (Anthony PATERSON) and Immigrant skippered by Jeff PAUL of Gladstone.
Both crews excelled in last weeks 469 n/ml Sydney to Mooloolaba race to fill the major places on corrected handicap ahead of the 1968 Sydney-Hobart race winner Ray WHITE Koomooloo skippered by Michael FREEBAIRN of Brisbane.
Jeff PAUL who will be racing Immigrant with his first mate and part owner wife Janet in the crew has vowed to turn the tables on Tow Truck. 'Strong spinnaker sailing winds will suit us after experiencing a peak speed of 23.8knots during the Mooloolaba race'.
'We also have a much better understanding on how to race one-design and hopefully this will show up in the rematch with Tow Truck'. Jeff PAUL said.
The forecast has also thrown the race open with several high profile skippers including six times race winner Ian WRIGHT (Saltash 11) and Sydney to Hobart race winning skippers Ed PSALTIS (AFR Midnight Rambler) and Michael SPIES (First National Real Estate) having the form guide capable of going head to head with the pace setting defending champion AAPT and the exciting Mumm 30's Tow Truck and Immigrant.