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7 October 2003, 04:28 pm
Three Volvo 60's To Compete
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race

The Gosford to Lord Howe Island yacht race will boast three round the world racers after organisers accepted a late entry from the 60-footer Seriously 10 for the event which starts on Saturday October 25 off Barrenjoey.
John WOODRUFFE'S Volvo 60 Seriously 10 will make its ocean racing debut in Australia in the Gosford to Lord Howe Island race.

Formerly, one of the yachts owned by the Djuice Dragons syndicate which raced in the last Volvo round the world, Seriously 10 will join fellow Volvo 60's Merit and Magnavox 2UE in the race.

Merit, last year sailing under old skipper Ian TRELEAVEN, smashed the long-standing record in the Gosford to Lord Howe Island race.

She took seven hours off the 14-year-old race record of 40hr, 23min 31sec set by Helsall II.

Merit will be raced as Indec Consulting by new owner management consultancy principal David GOTZE of Melbourne.

The Volvo 60's are fastest in running and reaching conditions and if southeries prevail for the 408 nautical mile Category One race, then the one year old record could be threatened again.
Amanda Lulham & Sail-World
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