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7 April 2004, 10:54 am
Record Under Threat
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Brisbane To Gladstone Race
Bribane - Gladstone

Positive coastal weather signs suggest the revolutionary 30m maxi Skandia presently undefeated in 24 races including the Rolex Sydney to Hobart will be chasing her first major race record over Easter in the Down Town Duty Free Brisbane to Gladstone race.
Skandia, skippered by Grant WHARINGTON is fitted with a canting keel, which can be hydraulically controlled to 55 degrees off the centerline to counter ballast the wind force on the sails enabling her to reach exciting speed.

The forecast of moderate to fresh South East winds expected to gust up to 30 knots on open ocean waters on Good Friday will 'kick start' a record challenge and the first real serious test for the super maxi in hard spinnaker sailing conditions.

She will be going head to head in a 308 n/ml line honours match race against the smaller line honours and defending Brisbane to Gladstone Race record holder AAPT skippered by heavy wind sailing specialist Sean LANGMAN.

AAPT a modified open 60 set the record benchmark of 21 hours 44 minutes 39 seconds in a similar weather system 3 years ago and her skipper believes she is all geared up to sail the course inside this time.

A strong wind warning has been issued for waters between Double Island Point and Moreton Bay with the ocean swell running at 2.5metres and capped with a 3 metre sea.

This speed enhancing wave system will gradually build over the next 48 hours under the influence of a firm ridge associated with the high pressure system in the Tasman Sea.

As expected the latest forecast has forced all 42 crews to revise their race plans and prepare for what promises to be a fresh and sometimes frightening spinnaker ride out of Moreton Bay and all the way to Gladstone.

All of the respected watch captains including Sydney-Hobart race winner Roger HICKMAN (Ichi Ban) are convinced a new race record will be achieved before 8-44-39 on Easter Saturday morning.

"Personally I'm tipping Skandia it's and awesome sailing machine". Hickman said.
Ian Grant
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