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20 August 2003, 11:36 am
Crafty 'Old Salt' Hanging On In Tough Title Defence
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Hamilton Island Race Week
Airlie Beach, Queensland

Lou ABRAHAMS, the 76 year old one-design yacht racing veteran is hanging onto a slender lead in the 2003 Hahn Premium Australian Sydney 38 class championship currently being contested off Hamilton Island.
Abrahams a dual National champion and winner of two physically tough Sydney to Hobart races is being put to the test by his younger rivals.

However his Another Challenge has proved to be the most consistent in a series that has had different winners in the four races decided so far.

Surprisingly skipper Abrahams and his Another Challenge crew are yet to win a heat but have managed to lead the championship with a more consistent 3-4-2-2 score.

Former World Etchells champion Cameron MILES displayed his tactical sailing skills in the ideal 12-15 knot variable south east breeze today to be the star performer in a race where the heat was on from start to finish.

Miles and his crew in Rush capitalized on a perfectly sailed windward leeward leg to hold the decisive first use of clear wind and then applied the perfect wind shadow over their nearest rivals.

Rush extended her lead on the final spinnaker run to eventually beat Another Challenge by 29 seconds with another 1minute 6 seconds to AMI Jade (Peter McNamara).

After four races Another Challenge with her 3-4-2-2 and 389 points leads Rush 7-2-7-1 384 pts and AMI Jade 6-3-4-3 384 pts.

The championship 'dog fight' will continue tomorrow with the 12 n/ml windward leeward race on a course near Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island.

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