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17 April 2001, 09:31 am
One Yacht Still To Reach Hobart
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Australian Three Peaks Race

Just one yacht still has to finish the final sailing leg of the marathon Australian Three Peaks Race.
Ashore, three teams of runners are on Mt Wellington, encountered snow at the peak, towering 1270 metres above the city of Hobart.

Of the 13 multihill and monohull yachts that started from Beauty Point on the Tamar River on Good Friday, seven have finished the Race around the spectacular Tasmanian north-east and east coast, comprising three sailing legs totalling 335 nautical miles and three mountain runs totalling 131km with mountain climbs totalling 2646 metres.

Two boats have retired from what is described as Australia's ultimate endurance event.

Three teams of runners are on the mountain, including four of the crew of Club Marine Team Youth, three of the crew of Scotch Oakburn College, and four of the crew of Camp Quality, competing for the coveted Tillman Trophy and the Cruising Division.

The Camp Quality runners, comprising yacht skipper Benny Parsons and 54-year-old marathon runner Lloyd Febey, and two women, Jo Crisp and Caroline Lynch, set off the mountain run at 7.32 this morning.

Overall placings remain unchanged with the catamaran API Mersey Pharmacy winning in record overall time from previous record-holder, the monohull Southern Cross, and another catamaran, Sea to Summit.

Another significant trophy, the King of the Mountains, will not be decided until the last boat, the trimaran Rosevears Tavern, reaches Hobart's Sullivan Cove and the runners complete the 33 km climb to the peak of Mt Wellington and back. The King of the Mountains is for the fastest team on all three mountain legs - to Mt Strzelecki on Flinders Island, Mt Freycinet on the Tasmanian East Coast and Mt Wellington in Hobart.

Although their boat has not sailed so well, the Rosevears Tavern runners, Phil Tuck and Rod Barnes, both from Launceston, have been the fastest on the first two legs. They have only to complete the Mt Wellington run in under 3 hours 55 minutes to win the King of the Mountain, with the fastest time so far overnight being 2 hours 39 minutes.

News Editor/ Peter Campbell
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