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Hog's Breath Race Week
Airlie Beach

Sandringham Yacht Club 'Old Salt' Lou ABRAHAMS (76) has continued to give his younger Sydney 38 One Design class rivals a lesson in mastering the tricky sailing conditions that exist with racing on the warm tropical waters surrounding the Whitsunday's.
Later today the master skipper who has a stacked trophy cabinet in his Melbourne home including two Sydney Hobart trophies and two Hog's Breath Australian Sydney 38 title awards will barring something unforeseen skipper Another Challenge to victory in the inaugural Pan Pacific championship.

This will be another fitting reward for the popular gentleman sailor who has remained positive despite struggling with a serious health problem over recent years.

There are a number of important reasons behind the consistent results produced by Another Challenge which is in a strong position to retain an undefeated 3 year reign as the undisputed champion of Sydney 38 class racing in the international Hog's Breath Race Week regatta.

Certainly the most important factor is the hard racing miles the Another Challenge crew has successfully sailed, always with a squeaky clean display of sportsmanship and a super human will to win.

Lou ABRAHAMS has great faith in his crew including his co-helmsman Carl SCHMIDT. "You can never achieve yacht race results on your own". He said "Team work and mateship, you can't build one without the other, and I have a lot of pride associated from being able to race Another Challenge with a great crew of very good mates".

Another Challenge will need that special bond when she sails onto the course for the final two race tactical dog-fight against Wayne KIRKPATRICK's Hamilton Island Yacht Club crew in Asylum for the Pan Pacific championship today.

Skipper ABRAHAMS with his score of 3-2-2-1-1-4 has holds the upper hand over KIRKPATRICK's Asylum 1-1-3-5-2-7 however he respects the improving quality of his rival skipper and will apply some pressure wind shadowing tactics when the meet in the title match race today.

Ian Grant
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