The fleet had an easy run under spinnakers in Bass Strait along Tasmania’s northeast shore throughout today and by early last evening every boat had sailed through Banks Strait, the catchy passage involving the northeast east of the state as well as the Furneaux Islands and to the Tasman Sea.
Gary was seven nautical miles ahead of Peter Cretan’s recently acquired Marten 49 Rock.
“In case the prediction north west and westerly winds are kept I believe we are going to have the whole fleet completed during Monday, maybe even a race record,” Derwent Sailing Squadron sailing manager Mike Denney called this evening.
The primary boat must end before, to break the class record and 18 seconds, establish by Helsal 3 in the 2011 race.
From there the boats have appreciated a rapid spinnaker run across Tasmania’s northeast shore and by every boat had sailed the Banks Strait, passing just to the north.
At that period The Fork in the Road was nicely with less than 120 nautical miles, to sea of St Helens. Tilt, since Hobart yachtsman Peter Cretan for the first time purchased the boat lately being rushed by him, was in second place followed with several yachts that contained Allusive, The Protagonist and Infinity.
The outlook is changing to the northeast, that will empower the fleet to carry on to hold spinnakers for north to northwesterly winds of 15 to 25 knots and through the day.
Away-Piste won the AMS by being put on PHS, while Malcolm Cooper Snook 30 Kaiulani, observed its eighth L2H race corrected time brief sprint from Beauty Point.