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23 January 2005, 09:14 am
First National Continues Winning Streak
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2005 Skandia Geelong Week
Geelong, Australia

Michael SPIES sailing First National Real Estate has continued his assault at Skandia Geelong Week, with three wins from four races of the premier Scotchmans Hill Series to lead the event by seven points.
Spies, from Sydney, launched his Beneteau 44.7 in October last year and has been the standout boat over a number of events.

While Spies won Race 3 today, he was not so lucky in Race 4, scoring his worst result, an eighth, which he has used as his race drop, which came into place after Race 4.

While Sean LANGMAN'S Open 66, AAPT, has stolen the show winning every race on line honours, continually pipping Grant WHARINGTON'S 'rent a Skandia' Volvo 60, the real story in the Royal Geelong Yacht Club conducted series is the handicap results, which produce a winner at the end of their seven race series.

The IRC fleet contested two windward/leeward courses on Corio Bay today, sailed in 10-15 knot breezes on fairly flat seas with the sun beaming - fairly perfect in anyone's terms.

Dekadence, owned by the Commodore of Sandringham Yacht Club, Phil COOMBS, is currently placed second overall after winning Race 4 this afternoon. Coombs purchased his DK46 late last year and is having some great results here in Geelong.

Another Sandringham member, Alan WHITELEY, is equal third overall after a second place in Race 4, sailing Cougar, another of the successful Beneteau yachts.

In third place with him is yet another Beneteau, Dick FIDOCK'S Beneteau 40.7, As Good As It Gets from South Australia, dropping down slightly in his results today, scoring fourth and 13th places. He will need a good day tomorrow if he is stay in a podium place.

Skandia Contribution, the other DK46 in the series, owned by Sydneysider Ray ROBERTS, is sitting in fifth place, just one point behind Cougar and As Good As It Gets. Roberts finished second in Race 3, but was seventh in Race 4. He launched his yacht just in time to contest Skandia Geelong Week and is still learning about his new yacht.

Racing continues on Corio Bay tomorrow with a further two windward/leeward courses.
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