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31 March 2006, 12:49 pm
Skandia Has Vision On Record
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Brisbane To Gladstone Race 2006
Brisbane, Australia

Grant WHARINGTON's (AUS) super maxi Skandia has been nominated to challenge her record in the 2006 Brisbane to Gladstone Race starting off the historical Sandgate Pier in Australia at 1100 local time on Good Friday 14 April.
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Skandia set an impressive pace in 2004 when skipper WHARINGTON and crew enjoyed a spray drenching ride over the 308 nautical mile course to complete the race in the remarkable time of 20 hours, 24 minutes and 50 seconds.

They became the first Victorian crew to register a line honours win in the Queensland blue water classic when the power sailing maxi averaged 15.09 knots.

After the race skipper WHARINGTON said, 'I believe Skandia could with the right conditions become the first yacht to crack the 18 hour barrier.'

The 30 metre super maxi showed the speed potential during Easter 2004 to support the faith of her proud owner/skipper but a little over eight months later the big boat lost her keel and was abandoned in the storm tormented Tasman Sea when she led the Rolex Sydney Hobart race.

Skandia was not expected to remain afloat let alone be salvaged and rebuilt to compete in major offshore races again.

Record Breaking Potential

There is no doubt that the rebuilt Skandia has the record breaking potential however WHARINGTON will not be in her helming team after signing a 'Gentleman's Agreement' for well know Queensland yachtsman Kerry SPENCER (AUS) to be her race skipper.

Skipper SPENCER has the distinction of being a former Brisbane to Gladstone record holder when he steered the maxi chaser Bobsled to her remarkable 21:59:43 course time 13 years ago.

SPENCER is also the only skipper to break the race record in successive years steering the 'ocean racing skiff' Bobsled to a 25:57:32 in 1992 then slashing another 3 hours, 57 minutes and 49 seconds off the time in 1993.

A Man On A Mission

SPENCER, a Brisbane property developer, has made no secret about being a man on a mission when he completed the official race documents with Queensland Cruising Yacht Club officials earlier today.

'We will be racing as Vision/Skandia and our main purpose is to win our record back.' He said.

He has the yacht and the crew to achieve a record breaking result but they will need a favourable spinnaker sailing forecast to power sail over the finish line before 07:24:50 on Easter Saturday morning to beat the 15.09 knot benchmark.

'Records are only made to be broken and we hope to have a real crack at beating Skandia's previous best,' SPENCER said.

Ian GRANT (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Skandia will be aiming for more success in Gladstone:© Daniel FORSTER/ROLEX
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