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22 August 2003, 12:27 pm
Young Tactician Wins National Title
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Hamilton Island Race Week
Airlie Beach, Queensland

Young Katie SPITHILL (21) provided the race strategy for her Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club skipper Cameron MILES to steer Rush to victory in the 2003 Hahn Premium Australian Sydney 38 class championship off Hamilton Island today.
Katie the younger sister of Americas Cup Helmsman James SPITHILL showed she was never going to wilt under the pressure applied by her male rivals when Rush produced a title winning 3-1-1 score the three 6 n/ml windward leeward races.

She was an excellent backstop for skipper Cameron MILES when Rush claimed the prestigious national title trophy with a race to spare.

Both Spithill and Miles supported by their crew including Katie's younger brother Tom 15 were unmatched for their one design sailing technique when they claimed a nail biting 5 second race win over Livewire (Terry Hall) with another 23 seconds to the defending champion 76 year old Lou Abrahams in Another Challenge to set up their deserved title win.

Miles winner of the World Etchells championship in 1999 claimed this championship win as one of his career highlights.

"Katie is so good to sail with and loves nothing better than being in the thick of the action".

"We have sailed a lot together and her skill combined with the crew makes my job of steering much easier".

"However there is always a lot of pressure on the tactician to come up with the right decisions and Katie showed she was ready to step up and handle the role".
Miles said.

Her skill and tenacity proved to be a major factor when Rush completed her title winning performance today.

Proud dad Arthur SPITHILL was on the dock to congratulate the Rush crew including his children who are part of one of the most successful Australian sailing families.

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