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20 August 2006, 12:19 pm
Living Doll Living It Up
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Hahn Premium Hamilton Island Race Week
Hamilton Island, Australia

Michael HIATT has locked off the canting keel of his Victorian Cookson 50 Living Doll for this year's Hahn Premium Hamilton Island Race Week and he believes this is giving him the edge in the all important handicap stakes.
No ALT tag specifiedIn today's 60 miler, the longest race of the week long regatta, he claimed top billing in the IRC Racing division which, added to yesterday's third, makes him the early series leader.

''We got a great start and just kept plugging away, we are pretty well balanced at the moment,' said the delighted owner this afternoon.

'After seven days racing last week at Airlie Beach we are ready for the windward/leewards,' he added, referring to the two days of short course racing on Tuesday and Wednesday following tomorrow's lay day.

Living Doll out paced fellow Victorian and Cookson 50 owner Eoin FEHSENFELD and yesterday's IRC Racing winner Hardys Secret Mens Business, skippered by Adelaide yachtsman Geoff BOETTCHER.

In the IRC Big Boat fleet, Steven DAVID summed up his handicap win with his Reichel/Pugh 60 Wild Joe this afternoon, 'We smoked it!'

The Sydney crew is settling into the boat and DAVID says 'it's game on' with the slightly larger but same design Wild Oats X, skippered by the cool Mark RICHARDS who put the first points on the board in Race one yesterday and finished third today behind Stephen AINSWORTH'S Loki.

'We had more confidence in the boat today,' said DAVID. 'We are always good in the light stuff but over the last month we've been working on improving our boat speed in the 15-20 knot range and today that paid for us.'

Today's sou'easter averaged 13-15 knots up to 17 knots.

With boats in the Sydney 38, Performance Handicap, Premier Cruising and IRC Cruising divisions still finishing the Club Marine Short Coral Sea Race late this afternoon, final results in these divisions are yet to be posted.

Di Pearson (As Amended by ISAF)
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