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18 August 2003, 02:35 am
Admirals Cup Champions Win Coral Sea Race
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Hamilton Island Race Week

Australia's Admirals Cup winning skipper Bob OATLEY added another important win to his impressive career when Another Duchess out classed an international standard fleet in the 83n/ml Hahn Premium Coral Sea race off Hamilton Island overnight.
Less than a month ago Oatley a popular member of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club completed a career ambition when he and crew played a key role in winning the Admirals Cup in England with the revolutionary designed sloop Wild Oats.

Wild Oats the first yacht to be built in Australia with a canting keel and twin steering foil technology and launched from Azurra Custom Yachts on Queensland's Gold Coast was the star performer at Hamilton Island last year convincingly winning the Big Boat series in her maiden regatta.

The champion ocean racer which has paved the way in yacht design with the success of her canting keel technology is still in England forcing Oatley and crew to race Another Duchess.

He sealed a 'gentlemen's agreement' with his son Sandy the owner skipper of Another Duchess to nominate for Australia's premier yacht race week.

Both father and son were keen to race test her recently modified high tech foil keel and the success was revealed when Another Duchess helmed by her sailing master Mark RICHARDS with Australia 11 Americas Cup skipper John BERTRAND in charge of race strategy won a rare line and handicap double with an impressive course time of 9 hours 35 minutes 4 seconds.

Another Duchess generated impressive all angle sailing speed in an ideal 15-20 knot South East trade wind to repel the challenges and score an 8 minute 14 second line honours win over the Volvo 60 Andrew Short Marine Djuice (Andrew SHORT) with the Open 60 Broomstick (Mike CRANITCH) another 1 minute 33 seconds astern.

Her 8.66 knot average speed allowed Another Duchess to speed sail above her 1.3870 handicap rating to win the race trophy ahead of the impressively sailed smaller yachts New Zealand's Georgia (James FARMER) and Warren JOHNS Sydney sloop Heaven Can Wait.

Georgia crewed by a top class team of international sailors including the Americas Cup winning skipper and tactician Russell COUTTS and Brad BUTTERWORTH pressed Another Duchess for race honours over the entire course before Another Duchess sealed a 3 minute 34 second win.

Full results are available on the event website at the address below.
Ian Grant (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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