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23 August 2006, 09:29 am
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Hahn Premium Hamilton Island Race Week
Hamilton Island, Australia

Six from nine races for the IRC Big Boat, IRC Racing, Performance Handicap and Sydney 38 divisions have now been completed at Hahn Premium Hamilton Island Race Week which will conclude this Saturday, 26 August with the final event, the Lindeman Island Race.
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Following today's two windward/leeward races, Steven DAVID'S Wild Joe is leading the IRC Big Boat division on handicap with seven points, just three points ahead of Stephen AINSWORTH'S Loki on 10 points and Bob OATLEY'S Wild Oats on 12 points.

In the IRC Racing division, Geoff BOETTCHER'S Hardys Secret Mens Business from South Australia is inching towards a regatta win, currently on 13 points, one point ahead of Ray ROBERTS' Quantum Racing on 14 points and Graeme TROON'S XLR8 on 16 points.

There are two standouts in the Sydney 38 one design division, Steve KULMAR'S Shining Sea on seven points and Guido BELGIORNO-NETTIS' Transfusion, the defending champion, on nine points before a large separation back to the third placed boat, Steven PROUD'S Swish on 18 points.

Series points in the Performance Handicap division have Guy and Clark HOLBERT'S Rumbo still at the top of the leaderboard on nine points with John Moore's Western Australian entry Without Fear and CYCA Commodore Geoff LAVIS' UBS Wild Thing both on 16 points and in equal second.

Four of six races have now been sailed for the Premier Cruising, IRC Cruising and Cruising classes with tomorrow a lay day and cruise to the beautiful Whitehaven Beach while the IRC Big Boats, IRC Racing and Sydney 38s will race to this destination, ranked one of the world's top ten beaches, for the XXXX Whitehaven Beach Party.

Graeme WOOD'S Wotif.com is sharing the lead in the Premier Cruising division with Paul CLITHEROE'S Balance, both on nine points, Colin and Gladys WOODS' Pretty Fly II rounding the top three places off in third on 17 points.

In the IRC Cruising Class, Luke MCGRATH'S Greater Springfield is the best placed yacht on 7 points ahead of Ray HARRIS' Honeysuckle on twelve points and David BEAK'S Mr Beaks Ribs on 21 points.

Dick KNOOP, who hails from Bruny Island in Tasmania, is leading the Cruising Red division with the boat he designed, Magellan, on 14 points. Roger DOWN'S True Love is next with 16 points and Brad and Maryke BAKER'S Spirit is third in division on 23 points.

In the Cruising white division, John BARTER'S L'attitude is the pointscore leader on 13 points, a comfortable five points clear of John BANKART'S Sunshine Coast Sailing on 18 points. Third is Dudley JACOB'S Rag Top.

In the Cruising blue division, William MCMILLIAN'S Nessie, one of the smallest boats in the 159-strong fleet, is sitting in first place on 14 points, four points ahead of Doug RYAN's Magic and Rosie COLAHAN's Ingenue, both on 18 points.

Finally, in the Cruising non-spinnaker class, Dave SHORT's Pro Beat Passion (five points) is indeed beating its nearest rival, Bryan HUDSON's Catalyst, which is on eight points and in equal second with Noel SNEDDON's Inca.

Di Pearson (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Hardys Secret Men's Business © Jack ATLEY
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