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18 August 2005, 09:48 am
Wild Joe's Victory At Hog's Breath Race Week
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Hog's Breath Race Week 2005
Airlie Beach, Australia

Steven DAVID's Reichel/Pugh 60 maxi yacht, Wild Joe, has taken out overall honours at Hog's Breath Race Week today following a week of racing at Airlie Beach, Australia that concluded with a triangle course on Pioneer Bay today.
DAVID, who also won this regatta overall in 2003, with his smaller Swan yacht called Joe, retired from today's race, not wanting to exacerbate damage to a boom fitting, as Wild Joe had to be ready to race at Hahn Premium Race Week at Hamilton Island starting on Saturday.

DAVID said, 'I felt it was prudent to withdraw from today's final race to get Wild Joe ship shape for the next regatta. The boat's been sailing really well all week, we've had some great fun and good racing and I have a great bunch of guys to sail with,' he said on coming ashore this afternoon.

DAVID and his crew won line honours in every race contested, except for today's which was won by a Lyons Cawse 60, Vanguard, belonging to Dick CAWSE, which also took handicap honours today for third place overall in the regatta.

Stephen AINSWORTH skippered his new Reichel/Pugh 60 Loki to second place in today's final race for a second overall in Loki's maiden regatta. 'Loki's still on the learning curve and she sailed exceptionally well for her first regatta,' DAVID said of his competition. 'Both Loki and Vanguard crews sail hard and push their boats hard, we will have to see what happens at Hamilton Island,' DAVID added.

After sailing his boat well all week, Alan WHITELEY, sailing his Beneteau 44.7, Cougar, from Sandringham in Melbourne, just missed the podium, finishing fourth overall and four points behind Vanguard after her worst results yesterday and today - a tenth and an eighth. WHITELEY had sat up in a top three position for most of the week and will now have to try for some revenge at the Hahn Premium Race Week.

Hardys Secret Mens Business had its best race of the series today, when Adelaide owner/skipper Geoff BOETTCHER steered his boat to third place overall in race eight, after getting of to a good start midline. BOETTCHER said, 'we've had a pretty ordinary series, but hope to improve fairly dramatically at Hamilton Island.'

Meanwhile Glenn ASHBY displayed outstanding fresh wind sailing skills when he and crew mate Andrew Williams won the Hog's Breath Australian Formula 18 catamaran championship.

ASHBY a 25 year sail maker from Bendigo has the rare distinction of becoming the first sailor to win the Australian and World F18 championship in the same year.

Less than a month ago he crewed with Sydney Olympic Tornado silver medallist Darren BUNDOCK to win the World Championship in Holland.

It was his versatility which allowed him to adjust to the demands of helming on a course which he had never seen before.

As expected ASHBY and crew mate WILLIAMS trailed the Queensland veteran Mal GRAY on the first day.

But GRAY was under the hammer and had no real answer to the speed of ASHBY and WILLIAMS in Paxus when they forced their rivals to track their white water wake as they out sailed the fleet to register a commanding 28 point win over Brisbane's Brad COLLETT in Powder Monkey while World Hobie 18 title winner Brad SUMNER claimed third.

Hog's Breath Race Week featured a good mix of racing, including windward/leeward and triangle courses on Pioneer Bay, along with some longer passage races taking in some of Queensland's most beautiful islands.

The 157 boats contesting Hog's Breath Race Week have enjoyed almost perfect conditions all week, although the first day it bucketed down rain all day - but good winds accompanied the rain.

Today's race was again sailed in ideal 15-20 knot winds providing a great end to the week. 'Perfect sailing conditions, a great regatta and some of Australia's best racing yachts,' was how DAVID described the Week.

Di Pearson/Ian Grant (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The winning crew on Wild Joe:© Andrea Francolini
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