Wild Oats wins second race at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

Bob Oatley's Reichel Pugh 66 Wild Oats X has turned the tables on her rivals, taking line honours in the second race at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week by nearly four minutes. The big silver boat crossed the line at 11.56.38, in front of the RP 63, Limit (12.00.18), with Wild Joe (12.01.45) ahead of Loki for third. Yesterday's winner, Black Jack fell into a hole on the inland side of the course and struggled to get to the line. However, in a sensation, she was also announced as the winner on handicap but was then relegated to third place for racing under the wrong rating certificate. Details are sketching at time of writing but it's thought the difference in ratings relates to the keel configuration.

According to Australian Yachting editor Barry Hansen, Wild Oats led virtually from the gun, getting a committee boat-end start and racing up the favoured right hand side of the course.

Yesterday's second and third place getters on handicap, Scarlett Runner II and Wot Now, exchanged places in the first race today and share the lead on five points each. The boats are now underway in the second windward/leeward of the day, with the wind still fickle and making conditions difficult.

In Division 2 there was also a complete turnaround on yesterday's result. If you can forgive me going biblical on you, “the last shall be first and the first shall be last”. Yesterday's winner Alegria found herself at the wrong end of the fleet today, while the tail-ender from yesterday, the Kiwi boat Georgia One, took the win on handicap. Tony Donnellan's RP design Shamrock was first across the line.

Place

Boat Name

Sail No

Elapsd

AHC

Cor'd T

Fin Tim

Skipper

Score

1

WILD OATS X

AUS7001

56:38

1.580

01:29:29

11:56:38

Bob Oatley

1.0

2

WOT NOW

6952

01:06:00

1.358

01:29:38

12:06:00

Graeme Wood

2.0

3

SCARLET RUNNER

SM11

01:06:15

1.356

01:29:50

12:06:15

Robert Date

3.0

4

LIMIT

98888

01:00:18

1.500

01:30:27

12:00:18

Alan Brierty

4.0

5

EVOLUTION RACING

8899

01:09:19

1.320

01:31:30

12:09:19

Ray Roberts

5.0

6

WILD JOE

AUS7002

01:01:45

1.498

01:32:30

12:01:45

Steven David

6.0

7

LOKI

AUS6000

01:03:06

1.496

01:34:24

12:03:06

Stephen Ainsworth

7.0

8

LIVING DOLL

R55

01:23:56

1.396

01:57:10

12:23:56

Michael Hiatt

8.0

9

SHOGUN

R50

01:33:04

1.313

02:02:12

12:33:04

Robert Hanna

9.0

10

BLACK JACK

52566

01:25:15

1.591

02:15:38

12:25:15

Peter Harburg

10.0

 

 

Place

Boat Name

Sail No

Elapsd

AHC

Cor'd T

Fin Tim

Skipper

Score

1

GEORGIA ONE

NZL11111

01:07:32

1.178

01:19:33

12:12:32

Jim Farmer

1.0

2

DEKADENCE

SM46

01:07:05

1.196

01:20:14

12:12:05

Philip Coombs

2.0

3

SHAMROCK

M330

01:02:56

1.281

01:20:37

12:07:56

Tony Donnellan

3.0

4

TERRA FIRMA

SM47

01:08:45

1.187

01:21:36

12:13:45

Nicholas Bartels

4.0

5

RATIONALE AKATEA

G8710

01:13:12

1.141

01:23:31

12:18:12

Ian Holten

5.0

6

CRACKLIN ROSIE

6530

01:12:53

1.187

01:26:31

12:17:53

Robbo Robertson

6.0

7

CHUTZPAH

R33

01:12:42

1.203

01:27:28

12:17:42

Bruce Taylor

7.0

8

TWO TRUE EVOLUTION

YC400

01:30:05

1.088

01:38:01

12:35:05

Andrew Saies

8.0

9

ALEGRIA

Q345

01:30:37

1.094

01:39:08

12:35:37

Rod Jones

9.0

 

m: At the first mark of the windward/leeward course being sailed today, Wild Oats X has hit back at the fleet after a disappointing day yesterday. Bob Oatley's Reichel Pugh 66 was 200 metres ahead of another RP design, the 63 foot Limit, with yesterday's winner Black Jack four boats back in the fleet.

After a very light morning, the wind has started to fill in and the boats are enjoying around 10 knots from the north.

Meanwhile, to the south the remainder of the divisions are competing in a short island race. It's unlikely the wind will have reached there yet, so again the smaller boats willbe favoured on handicap.

We'll bring you a full report and results at the end of the day.

– Roger McMillan

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