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27 November 2004, 11:26 am
Konica Minolta Struggles
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Savills Regatta
Sydney

The New Zealand super maxi Konica Minolta struggled in light winds, but eventually got the gun in the opening race of the IRC division of the Savills Short Ocean Racing Championship aat sea off the Sydney's Manly Beach today.
The Kiwi 98-footer did not get in front until the second beat to windward, the culmination of a very light nor'-easter, being buried at the start and a mediocre first spinnaker run.

Out in front from the clear start for the IRC boats was 2003 Admiral's Cup champion Wild Oats, now racing as Wild Joe under the ownership of Sydney yachtsman Stephen David.

With America's Cup yachtsman Iain Murray On the helm of the Reichel/Pugh 60, Wild Joe got an excellent start and with international Michael Coxon calling tactics, picked the best pressure and wind shiKonica Minolts struggles at Savills Regatta

The New Zealand super maxi Konica Minolta struggled in light winds, but eventually got the gun in the opening race of the IRC division of the Savills Short Ocean Racing Championship aat sea off the Sydney's Manly Beach today.

The Kiwi 98-footer did not get in front until the second beat to windward, the culmination of a very light nor'-easter, being buried at the start and a mediocre first spinnaker run.

Out in front from the clear start for the IRC boats was 2003 Admiral's Cup champion Wild Oats, now racing as Wild Joe under the ownership of Sydney yachtsman Stephen David.

With America's Cup yachtsman Iain Murray On the helm of the Reichel/Pugh 60, Wild Joe got an excellent start and with international Michael Coxon calling tactics, picked the best pressure and wind shifts to be 25 seconds clear the first windward mark.

Konica Minolta, whose tactician is New Zealand America's Cup sailor Earl WILLIAMS, eventually overtook the smaller boat on the second beat to windward and extended her lead to about four minutes on the final spinnaker run to the downwind finish line.

Thwaites blamed the light weather for the big boat's 'stickiness'. 'We struggled in the light breeze, only 5.5 knots at the start,' he said.

'We were buried at the start and had to tack away to get clear air on an unfavourable tack.

'In contrast, Wild Joe got a good start and clear air early which enabled them to pick the right shifts,'
he added.

Prime Time won the first race on handicap from Austmark with Pla Loma IV third. Full results will be announced with corrected time results for the IRC, PHS, JOG and Super Yacht Divisions later in the afternoon.

The fleet is now sailing race two of the four race series which continues tomorrow, with the wind shift from NNE to NE and freshening to about 10 knots.
fts to be 25 seconds clear the first windward mark.

Konica Minolta, whose tactician is New Zealand America's Cup sailor Earl Williams, eventually overtook the smaller boat on the second beat to windward and extended her lead to about four minutes on the final spinnaker run to the downwind finish line.

Thwaites blamed the light weather for the big boat's 'stickiness'. 'We struggled in the light breeze, only 5.5 knots at the start,' he said.

'We were buried at the start and had to tack away to get clear air on an unfavourable tack.

'In contrast, Wild Joe got a good start and clear air early which enabled them to pick the right shifts,'
he added.

Prime Time won the first race on handicap from Austmark with Pla Loma IV third. Full results will be announced with corrected time results for the IRC, PHS, JOG and Super Yacht Divisions later in the afternoon.

The fleet is now sailing race two of the four race series which continues tomorrow, with the wind shift from NNE to NE and freshening to about 10 knots.
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