Leon CHRISTIANAKIS celebrated his first season of racing in the tactically demanding Sydney 38 One Design class by winning the Hog's Breath Pan Pacific championship with Cydon in the warm Whitsunday Islands today.
Christianakis proved he is a good team captain by attracting a very experienced group of sailors to play an important role in managing the race strategy while he was allowed to simply concentrate on steering for speed.
Cydon ranked as a possible minor medal winner behind the defending Pan Pacific champion Another Challenge skippered by the evergreen 77 year Victorian helmsman Lou ABRAHAMS and consistent Queensland skipper Wayne KIRKPATRICK in Asylum before the series started soon changed the betting board after they scored brilliant wins in the first three races.
This convincing performance resulted from the skills applied to the important areas of tactical strategy and the slick sail handling and trimming skills committed by a dedicated crew
The Cydon crew including former Olympian Jamie WILMOT understood that the vital seconds saved by sailing smart with limited errors had to be the benchmark for them to build a title winning result against the class of Another Challenge and Asylum.
Their relentless attitude to doing all the small things right allowed them to quickly improve from being qualified as a pretender to be a distinct title contender.
Those skills were again expressed in two tactically demanding races over a windward/leeward course on Pioneer Bay where skipper Leon CHRISTIANAKIS steered Cydon to victory in the ninth heat over Estate Master (Lisa and Martin HILL) with Another Challenge third.
Cydon's crew raced with a similar aggressive performance to win the tenth heat from the consistent Another Challenge and Estate Master.
This completed an amazing performance for skipper Christianakis and his Cydon combination who won the Mt Gay Rum prize in eight of the ten races for a commanding eleven point win over the defending champion Another Challenge with a further four points to Asylum (Wayne KIRKPATRICK).
The highly successful Brisbane father and son sailing team of Allan and Ben CARWARDINE became the star performers in the 2004 Hog's Breath Race Week when they piloted Stealthy a little 'pocket rocket' to a commanding win in her class championship.
Racing conditions on Pioneer Bay over the past week could only be classified as being very tricky with a number of twists in wind direction and some unusual highs and lows in wind velocity.
But while this was a challenge for the 'wing riders' on the deck of the sprint machine Stealthy still managed to outpace some of the nations high powered sports boats.
Stealthy designed and built by Allan and skillfully helmed by son Ben has left a white water wake on the warm waters of the Whitsunday Passage over the past week.
Her crew including former Australian Sabot champion Lucas PRESCOTT have demonstrated some high quality sailing particularly on the spinnaker sailing angles which contributed to their runaway championship win.
Stealthy was just too classy on Pioneer Bay again today power sailing to sprinting speed in the ideal 12-15 knot trade wind to retain her undefeated line honours record.
A measure of her speed was confirmed in the official course times winning heat 9 by 4 minutes and heat 10 by 4 minutes 40 seconds over her prototype design Guided Missile skippered by John HUDSON.
Young Ben CARWARDINE who has the knack of steering Stealthy safely even on the rough water spinnaker runs outsailed their high .960 handicap rating to win both races on corrected time giving them seven outright wins and ten line honour bullets.