The Sydney yacht Grundig, last night’s line honours winner of the Forrester Properties Sydney to Mooloolaba ocean race, is strongly placed for a double victory, also set to win the IRC rating handicap division.
Grundig, the former Xena, owned and skippered by Sean Langman from the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, crossed the finish line at 20:43:58 hours (race time) last evening, 68 minutes in front of the 83-footer Australian Skandia Wild Thing, skippered by Grant Wharington from Mornington Yacht Club in Victoria.
Since then, George Snow's Brindabella and Ian Treleaven's Line 7, both from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, have crossed the line off Alexandra Headland on the Queensland Sunshine Coast, Brindabella finishing at 02:52:50 and Line 7 at 03:24:38.
The next boat in the now depleted fleet (seven yachts have retired because of the slow race) is Syd Fischer's 50-footer Ragamuffin but with light breezes off the southern Queensland coast she is not due until this afternoon.
Provisional corrected times for the IRC division issued by the CYCA this morning show that Grundig has beaten both Australian Skandia Wild Thing and Line 7 on corrected time.
The smaller boats will need some strong winds today to cut back Grundig's time advantage.
Based on this morning's 0705 hours "sked", there has been no change in the order of progressive provisional placings in the IMS Division, with Bob Steel's Quest still at the top of the leader board from Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin and Graham Gibson's Ninety Seven.
However, Quest has opened up a slight advantage over Ragamuffin, according to IMS corrected speeds.
At 0705 hours, Ragamuffin was still 48 nautical miles from the finish of the 469 nautical mile race that started from Sydney last Saturday, with Quest only three miles astern as they sailed slowly past the giant sandhills of Moreton Island.
At that hour of the morning (0605 hours local time) there was virtually no breeze between Mooloolaba and Cape Moreton, the final landmark in the race, just 30 miles from the finish.
Fastest of the small boats in the fleet continues to be the Mumm 30, Tow Truck, skippered by Anthony Paterson from the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club. She is 15th in the fleet, outsailing the other 30-footers and 40-footers.
She is currently placed 5th in the IRC Division and the only challenger for the big boats on corrected time.
Seven yachts have now retired from the race, due to time constraints: Sledgehammer, Silent Night, Crossing, Henry Kendall Akubra, Next, Antipodes and AFR Midnight Rambler.