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11 April 2003, 10:39 am
Smaller Boats Hold Their Own On Handicap
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Grundig Finishing

Sydney to Mooloolaba Race

While the bigger boats steal the limelight in the line honours stakes, the smaller boats competing in the FKP Limited Sydney to Mooloolaba are chasing the silverware awarded to the handicap winners.
At the last four position reports, Anthony Paterson's 30-foot rocket Tow Truck from Lake Macquarie has been at the top of the IRC division and is only tonight starting to slip behind the 50-footers in line honours placings.

David Taylor's Farr 37 Pippin, a regular Sydney Hobart Race entrant and top-three placegetter, remains the IMS overall leader as of this afternoon's 3.05pm position report while the seasoned crew aboard the Davidson 42 Witchdoctor, a Hobart Race veteran owned by a partnership called The Rum Consortium, leads PHS handicap.

After enjoying a well-deserved cold beer and a steak sandwich, winning line honours skipper Sean Langman from Grundig is heading to Brisbane tonight to repair the propeller door that pulled away during his first night at sea, adding more than an hour to his race time because of the drag, according to the skipper.

He plans to lift the boat out of the water tomorrow and have the problem fixed in time for the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone race this Friday, where he is again the line honours favourite.

Despite having won back-to-back in this race, Sean was still contemplating how he could have pushed the boat harder.

"We could have given it more of a nudge if the boat was in one piece," he admitted this afternoon as he headed back down the racetrack, passing Brindabella on the way.

Brindabella (George Snow) is expected to finish second over the line at 6.00pm this evening and may attempt to enter the seaway before the changing tide locks them out for the night.

Ian Treleaven's Volvo 60 Merit is some 15 miles from the finish and may also encounter difficulties trying to enter the Mooloolaba seaway, which means another night at sea for the thirsty and tired crew.

Queensland boat Bobsled (Paul White) retired this afternoon from the FKP Limited Sydney to Mooloolaba Race with gear damage and has arrived safely in Southport.

This leaves two Queensland yachts still racing, Bob Robertson's Eureka II, currently in 7th place in the fleet and due to finish at midnight tonight, and Wayne Kirkpatrick's Sydney 38 Run to Paradise in 22nd place.

John Woodruff from The Dreamtime restarted racing this afternoon after completing repairs to their electrics overnight and this morning while in Coffs Harbour. They are expected to arrive at the Sunshine Coast sometime Sunday morning.
Lisa Ratcliff
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