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SPORT - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Final day
SPORT - Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week – Final day

At his sixth attempt, Melbourne sailor Michael Hiatt and his Living Doll yesterday won the 20th annual Airlie Beach Race Week, hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club and held at Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach.

Hiatt sailed his Farr 55 to a final race victory on Pioneer Bay, by just 40 seconds on handicap, from Ray Roberts Evolution Racing.

The two boats were locked together on points; each with three wins, two seconds and a third place. The overall title win went to Hiatt on a count back as the last race winner. Robert Date's Reichel Pugh 52 Scarlet Runner was third.

This was Hiatt's sixth attempt to win at Airlie Beach, he previously sailed a Beneteau First 47.7 Elektra for two years and then the Cookson 50 Living Doll for three years.

Last year Hiatt and his Living Doll crew featured in another very tight series. He was leading the series into the very last race when he was forced inside the Grimston mark by Ray Roberts on Quantum Racing and Roberts went on to win.

Today, as Hiatt approached the Grimston mark he was sure that he had already lost the race, his Living Doll was behind the smaller boat (Evolution Racing) which had an impressive handicap lead at that point.

As Hiatt explained: "On the run to Grimston we went offshore, we thought we did better with the wind shifts, but when Evolution Racing came off the shore she had picked up boat lengths and rounded ahead of us.

"It took us another half a leg to get through her and then we put our heads down. We sailed our own race and just concentrated on boat speed," he said.

Roberts said: "It was another exciting race in an already exciting series. We had our time on Living Doll at the last mark, but the breeze was fading and she sailed away from us.

"Michael deserves this win, he and his crew sailed very well, it was a great series and now we move on to Hamilton Island Race Week where we will continue our battle with these and other boats," he said.

It was Race 7 for the Performance Racing division and Peter Mosley's Sydney 36 Local Hero was the winner on handicap from George Challoner's Airlie Retreat, with Mike Roper's Ropabull third. Line honours winner Rock n Roll, Kim Williams Melges 32, flew around the course finishing over eight minutes ahead of Local Hero with Charles Wallis Reignition just six seconds behind her.

The Performance Racing Championship was won by the Elan 37 Airlie Retreat (RMYC). One point behind the winner was True Love, Roger Downs Farr 1106 from the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Roper's Beneteau 42 Ropabull (RMYC/BB) was third. Just a point separated each of the top three boats, indicating the intensity of racing over this seven-race series.

In the Offshore Sports Boats Race 10, Cam Rae's T8 Laminar Capital from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club won on handicap from Heath Townsend's Melges 24 What Tha. Stealthy, Bob Cowan's Lake Macquarie-based Stealth 8, was third.

Stealthy was fastest around the triangular course today followed by Bruce Tardrew's Stealth 8 No Limits, with Mark Buchbach's Stealth 7 Raptor third.

"Steathy, like a good bottle of wine, gets better with age," says Lake Macquarie sportsboat veteran Bob Cowan. "We had five line honours wins, a really big result for us, definitely the fastest Stealth 8 around. Really happy with the way the boys sailed. It's been a great series and the weather has been sensational."

The overall Sports Boats winner for 2009 is Cam Rae's Laminar Capital. Heath Townsend's Melges 24 What Tha finished second, with Leon Thomas T7 Guilty Pleasures, third.

Cameron Rae said: "We drove 2500km from Royal Geelong Yacht Club for this series, so the win makes it very worthwhile. We came second here last year, but this is the first time for a while we've remained really consistent for a whole regatta.

"She is 10 years-old…(and) doing pretty well for an older skinny boat, not nearly as high-tech as the newer wider boats. We did well on the beats and found a good right-hand shift on the first downwind and that allowed us to gap the T7 (Guilty Pleasures) and the Melges 24.

"We are happiest on windward leewards course; on the island passage races we have not had the experience with tides. But it's a fantastic area to sail and we enjoyed the opportunity to see the Islands and we can't complain about the results," said Rae.

Townsville Leon Thomas' T7 Guilty Pleasures led deep into the regatta, however, he admitted: "We started with a bang but faded. But we had a great time. The ASBA has done an excellent job, organising a very fair handicap system. The guys who won the regatta sailed very well."

Shane Smith and his crew on the modified Blazer 23 Musto emphasised their dominance today in the Inshore Sports Boat fleet.

Having won the regatta with a race to spare, he went out and won again in Race 12 today on handicap from Airlie Sails, the SB3 of Whitsunday sailor Jamie Jochheim's. Marinetech Electronics, Lachlan McLean's Dart SB3 was third.

Fastest small boat over the course today was Airlie Sails, with Scratch, Dave Griffin's Boatspeed 23 finishing second with Musto third.

The Inshore Sports Boats Champion for 2009 is Shane Smith's modified Blazer 23 Musto with an impressive 10-race win record from 12 races sailed. Airlie Sales (Jamie Jochheim) was second with Beer Lao, Paul Hunt's SB3 from the North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club third.

As he loaded his Blazer onto its trailer, Smith said: "We came up here to sail, so that is what we did again today."

The IRC Cruising division sailed Race Six today and the Geoff Pearson skippered Beneteau First 45 Carbon Credits took the win on handicap from Barry Kelly's Farr 395 Typhoon and Jeffrey Brown's Double O Seven.

Stewart Lewis' Marten 49 Ocean Affinity took line honours from Carbon Credits and Typhoon.

Overall winner of the IRC Cruising Division is Carbon Credits from Typhoon. John Moore's On Y Va finished third.

Team Ensign, Alexis Bisbas Dubois 40 was the handicap winner in Cruising Division 1 today, from John Galloway's Queensland Marine Services, with John Hall's Whisper Four third. Divisional line honours went to Don Algie's Warwick 66 Storm 2, from Whisper Four with Panacea 10% Hardcore third.

The Cruising Division 1 Champion is China Blues, the X-442 of Bill McCarthy. Chris Carlile's Magique finished second and Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway) third.

Race 6 of the Cruising Non Spinnaker series was won on handicap by Valdolese, the Beneteau 461 of Greg Sier. Brian Pattinson's Beneteau 44.7 Seaduction finished in second place, with Norm House's Richards 37 Avalon in third. Line honours in the race went to Seaduction, from Joie De Vie (Wayne Banks Smith) and Manly Too (Peter McAdam).

Peter McAdam's Bavaria 44 Manly Too is the Cruising Non Spinnaker Champion. Riff Raff, Dan White's Beneteau Oceanis 440 from the Whitsunday Sailing Club was second, with Brian Pattinson's Beneteau 444.7 Seaduction, third.

Sunrise, the Elan 37 of Helen and Jeff Shipsey won Race 6 of the Cruising Division 2 series on handicap, from Terry Archer's Bavaria 42 Cruiser Africa, with Graeme Douglas' Peterson Santana 30 Sunflower third.
On elapsed time Sunrise was the fastest, with Africa finishing some 3½ minutes behind her. Roger Nichols Lidgard 34 Seduction was third.

Local Whitsunday boat Africa — her full name Archer explains is an acronym for Another Flaming Regatta I Cannot Afford — is the Cruising Division 2 winner. Sunrise finished second with Seduction third.

RESULTS AFTER DAY 6

IRC Racing



















Series Results [IRC] for Division 1 up to Race 7 (Drops=1)

Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 7-Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1





1
7R
R55
LIVING DOLL
Michael Hiatt
RYCV
Farr 55
10
1
2
3
[5.0]
1
2
1





2

8899
EVOLUTION RACING
Ray Roberts
CYCA
Cookson 50
10
2
1
1
1
2
[6.0]
3





3

SM11
SCARLET RUNNER
Robert Date
SYC
RP52
14
4
3
2
2
[6.0]
1
2





4

9009
NIGHT NURSE
Russell McCart
RQYS
Farr 40
26
5
5
[6.0]
3
3
5
5





5

6530
CRACKLIN ROSIE
Robbo Robertson
RQYS
FARR 40
28
3
6
7
4
[7.0]
4
4





6

M4
CADIBARRA 8
John Netherton
MOOLOOLABA
Jones 42
34
7
4
5
[8.0]
4
7
7





7

6838
E11EVEN
Ian Thomson
RQYS
Farr 40 IRC
36
6
7
8
6
[8.0]
3
6





8

YC400
FORD PREFECT
Brett Young
CYCSA
Beneteau first 40
49
11.0C
11.0C
4
7
5
11.0C
[11.0C]





9

88888
SAMURAI JACK
Noel Humphreys
MBYC
Farr39ML mod
53
8
11.0C
9
9
[11.0F]
8
8





10

R50
SHOGUN
Robert Hanna
RGYC
Cookson 50 fixed kee
66
11.0C
11.0C
11.0C
11.0C
11.0C
11.0C
[11.0C]

























IRC Cruising



















Series Results [IRC] for Division 1 up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1








1

6669
CARBON CREDITS
Geoff Pearson
MHYC
Beneteau First 45
7
1
1
1
2
2
[5.0]






2

8395
TYPHOON
Barry Kelly
NCYC
Farr 395
8
2
2
[3.0]
1
1
2






3

FRA9500
ON Y VA
John Moore
RQYS
Beneteau 44.7
17
[6.0]
5
4
4
3
1






4
2.0S
RQ64
OCEAN AFFINITY
Stewart Lewis
RQYS
Marten 49
21
4
3
2
[7.0]
6
6






5

2960
DANCING LADY
Robert Pennell
RQYS
Farr 11.6
21
5
4
5
3
4
[9.0]






6

771
DOUBLE O SEVEN
Jeffrey Brown
WSC
Northshore 38 mod
24
3
6
7
[8.0]
5
3






7

BOW3
BOUDICEA
Mike Steel
TCYC
Dufour 34 Regatta
33
7
7
6
6
7
[7.0]






8

SP3
SUREFOOT
Rod Sawyer
WSC
Norlin
39
[10.0]
9
9
9
8
4






9

N6
TEAM SMART
Tony Ross
SYC
Archambault 40
41
9
[11.0F]
10
5
9
8






10

7407
CHANCELLOR
Morgan Rogers
CYCA
Beneteau 40.7
46
8
8
8
11.0C
11.0C
[11.0C]


























Performance Racing



















Series Results [EHC] for Division 1 up to Race 7 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 7-Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1







1

6754
AIRLIE RETREAT
George Challoner
RMYC
ELAN 37
30
2
7
[9.0]
7
6.0G
5
3





2

999
TRUE LOVE
Roger Down
WSC
Farr 116
31
8
3
4
5
[10.0]
4
7





3

9111
ROPABULL
Mike Roper
RMYC/BB
Beneteau 42
32
3
11
2
3
8
[13.0]
5





4

640
WOBBLY BOOT
Craig Piccinelli
WSC
ModYoung88
33
5
10
3
4
[12.0]
9
2





5

5013
AIR APPARENT
Steve Wright
NQCYC
Young 31
36
6
1
5
10
[13.0]
8
6





6
2.0S
AUS3232
ROCK N ROLL
Kim Williams
RANSA
Melges 32
39
7
8
[13.0]
12
1
2
9





7

1236
LOCAL HERO
Peter Mosely
MHYC
BH36
39
1
5
[14.0]
13
4
3
13





8
4.0S
4260
RISING FARRST
Tim Osborne
WSC
Farr 1104
40
[13.0]
4
8
8
7
12
1





9

202
REIGNITION
Charles Wallis
WSC
MBD42
40
9
9
[12.0]
6
5
1
10





10
1.0S
4054
PACIFIC PHOENIX
Alan Sneddon
WSC
BENETEAU 405
42
4
14
1
2
9
[14.0]
12





11

588
IDLE TIME
Kevin Fogarty
WSC
Spacesailer
42
10
6
6
9
[14.0]
7
4





12

6146
KIONI
Nick Athineos
CYCA
Beneteau First 47.7
45
14
2
7
1
11
10
[14.0]





13

W13
FALLEN ANGELS
Damien Suckling
WSC
Atkinson 24
52
11
[12.0]
10
11
3
6
11





14

8041
LORNA ROSE TOO
Peter Mitchelson
WSC
Austral Clubman 8
57
12
13
11
[15.0F]
2
11
8

























Sports Boats



















Series Results [SMS] for Division 1 up to Race 10 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 10-Race 9-Race 8-Race 7-Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1




1

G108
LAMINAR CAPITAL
Cam Rae
RGYC
Thompson 8
18
1
1
2
1
6
1
1
1
4
[9.0]


2

AUS558
WHAT THA
Heath Townsend
GBYC
Melges 24
25
2
2
3
2
1
5
5
3
2
[7.5]


3

5887
GUILTY PLEASURES
Leon Thomas
TCYC
Thompson 7
26
4
5
4
3
3
[7.0]
2
2
1
2


4

RQ202
STEALTHY
Bob Cowan
LMYC
Stealth
44
3
8
1
4
2
8
[9.0]
6
6
6


5

7008
ZUTE
Stephen Hunter
SYC
Thompson 7
49.5
5
3
6
7
7
[13.0]
4
7
7.5
3


6
2.0S
Q38
NO LIMITS
Bruce Tardrew
RQYS
Stealth 8
65
7
9.5
11
9
10.5
2
3
10
3
[11.0]


7

105
CONQUISTADOR
Pierre Gal
CHYC
sports 8 xx
65
9
6
7
10
9
6
8
5
5
[13.0]


8

RQ777
RAPTOR
Mark Buchbach
RQYS
Stealth 7
68.5
6
15.0C
[15.0F]
5
8
4
7
4
12
7.5


9

734
X2 TANGENT
Simon Vincent
NQCYC
Elliot 780 espx
72
12
4
5
8
5
3
12
13
[14.0]
10


10

E46
OMEN
Andrew Holden
RQYS
Elliott 7
76.5
10
9.5
[15.0F]
6
4
12
14
9
11
1


11

DS808
M.J.R OUTRAGE
Tony EcCles
RMYC
Duncanson Phuket 8
94
[15.0F]
12
8
11
14
10
13
12
9
5


12

SA780
PRIMAL SCREAM
Tom Jordan
MYC
Elliott 780
95
8
11
9
12
12
[14.0]
10
11
10
12


13

7
GUIDED MISSILE
John Rae
MYC
STEALTH 8
96
11
7
10
13
13
9
6
14
13
[14.0]


14

7018
COMPOSITE CONSTRUCTI
Chris Byrne
SYC/CCSC
Thompson 7
97
15.0C
15.0C
15.0C
[15.0F]
10.5
11
11
8
7.5
4






















Sports Boats - Inshore



















Series Results [SMS] for Division 1 up to Race 12 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 12-Race 11-Race 10-Race 9-Race 8-Race 7-Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1


1

55
MUSTO
Shane Smith
SYC
Blazer 23
12
1
1
1
2
1
1
[2.0]
1
1
1
1
1
2

3384
AIRLE SAILS
Jamie Jochheim
WSC
sb3
21
2
2
2
[4.0]
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
3

AUS3381
BEER LAO
Paul Hunt
NQCYC
SB3
39
[6.0]
4
3
1
3
3
5
4
3
5
4
4
4

3357
WAGOP
Michael McLean
SYC
sb3
43
4
3
4
5
[6.0]
5
4
3
4
3
5
3
5

3352
DARTVADER
Mark Prince
NYC
sb3
53
[8.0C]
5
5
3
5
4
3
6
6
4
6
6
6

3353
MARINETECH ELECTRICS
Lachlan McLean
RQYS
Dart SB3
55
3
6
6
6
4
6
6
5
5
[6.0]
3
5
7

6798
SCRATCH
Dave Griffin
RMYC
boatspeed 23
77
5
8.0C
8.0C
[8.0C]
7
7
7
7
7
7
7
7




















Cruising



















Series Results [EHC Div1] for Division 1 up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1






1

HKG1222
CHINA BLUES
Bill McCarthy
MYC
X-442
17
4
5
[12.0]
4
2
2






2

6556
MAGIQUE
Chris Carlile
CYCA
Beneteau
23
5
4
[8.0]
7
3
4






3
6.0S
5796
QLD MARINE SERVICES
John Galloway
WSC
Holland
24
2
9
[11.0]
6
1
6






4
2.0S
6215
KAT
Chris Stockdale
CYCA
Beneteau 50
24
7
2
1
[13.0]
6
8






5

80808
10% HARDCORE
Ken Christensen
RBYC
Beneteau 40.7
24
6
10
[10.0]
3
4
1






6

M333
WHISPER FOUR
John Hall
SYC
DUFOUR 44
26
3
7
6
5
5
[10.0]






7

H370
HANS-ON
Nick / Col Cox /
MYC
Hanse 370e
31
8
8
9
1
[9.0]
5






8
1.0S
5178
TEAM ENSIGN
Alexis Bisbas
SYC
Dubois 40'
32
1
12
[13.0]
2
8
9






9
2.0S
SA10
STORM 2
Don Algie
WSC
WARWICK 66
32
10
3
2
[12.0]
10
7






10

W8
SANDPIPER WUTBA
Colin Pruden
WSC
Swarbrick S111
32
[11.0]
6
7
9
7
3






11

6797
HOLY COW!
John & Kim Clinton
CYCA
Beneteau Oceanis 50
35
[12.0]
1
4
8
11
11






12

6678
SUPERTRAMP
Sue And Alan Pick
RPAYC
Beneteau Oceanis 46
47
9
11
5
10
12
[12.0]






13

BOW4
SILVERSHOT
David Perkins
MYC
Beneteau 50
53
13
[14.0F]
3
11
13
13


























Cruising



















Series Results [EHC Div2] for Division 2 up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1






1

W42
AFRICA
Terry Archer
WSC
Bavaria 42 Cruiser
20
2
3
[12.0]
9
3
3






2

W677
SUNRISE
Helen & Jeff Shipsey
APYC/WSC
Elan 37
21
1
[9.0]
7
4
4
5






3

M406
SEDUCTION
Richard Nichols
MYC
Lidgard 34
23
9
1
[11.0]
5
1
7






4

606
MORE INTRIGUE
Merv Stephensen
RQYS
Northshore 38 C
24
6
5
3
[11.0]
9
1






5
1.0S
B36
AMADEUS
Peter Johnson
WSC
bavaria 36
27
4
10
1
2
[11.0]
10






6

5899
BOBBY D
Ross Winterbourne
NQCYC
Farr
27
8
7
6
[8.0]
2
4






7

5877
HYDRO THERAPY
Mike Trickey
WSC
Beneteau First 33.7
30
7
8
[8.0]
7
6
2






8

4262
SUNFLOWER
Graeme Douglas
WSC
Peterson Santana 30
31
3
[12.0]
10
3
7
8






9

730
TIDE UP
Barry Smith
NQCYC
NOELEX Trailer Sailo
33
5
6
9
1
12
[12.0]






10
2.0S
B88
INGENUE
Rosie Colahan
RBYC
Jeanneau SO 40
34
10
2
2
10
10
[11.0]






11

3610
TURTLE TIME
Jason Randall
WSC
Swarbrick Spacesailo
34
12
4
4
[12.0]
8
6






12

B408
RAMPALLION
Roger Incledon
RBYC
S99
36
11
[11.0]
5
6
5
9


























Cruising - No Spinnaker



















Series Results [EHC] for Division 1 up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)



















Place-Ties/Sail No./Boat Name/Skipper/From/Design/Series Score
Race 6-Race 5-Race 4-Race 3-Race 2-Race 1






1

SM4400
MANLY TOO
Peter McAdam
SYC
BAVARIA 44
15
5
1
2
[8.0]
2
5






2

W440
RIFF RAFF
Dan White
WSC
Beneteau Oceanis 440
17
[8.0]
2
1
6
7
1






3

B4407
SEADUCTION
Brian Pattinson
RBYC
beneteau 44.7
25
2
4
10
[11.0]
5
4






4
1.0S
ST461
VALDOLESE
Greg Sier
SYC
Beneteau 461
26
1
9
3
7
6
[10.0]






5

4787
AVALON
Norm House
WSC
Richards 37
26
3
8
9
3
[14.0F]
3






6

6702
JOIE DE VIE
Wayne Banks Smith
RPAYC
Jeanneau Sun Odysse
29
4
5
[11.0]
9
4
7






7

271
SERENDIPITY
Roger Boast
WSC
Bavaria 36
30
7
[14.0F]
6
1
8
8






8

12
AZURE
Peter Hall
PYC
JEANNEAU 39I
31
9
3
5
5
[14.0F]
9






9

BOW1
BENETTA
Murray Sheer
CCY
Beneteau cyclades 43
32
6
7
4
4
[14.0F]
11






10

SYD8
TULIP
Bernie Vanthof
CYCA
Swan 45
33
[14.0C]
6
8
12
1
6






11

G8710
AKATEA
John Garner
RGYC
Cookson 40
41
14.0C
[14.0C]
12
10
3
2






12

BOW2
BLISS
Pete Sheehy
WSC
Jutson
44
14.0C
[14.0S]
7
2
9
12






13

SM477
ESPRIT
Garry Anderson
SYC
beneteau 47.7
70
14.0C
14.0C
14.0C
14.0C
14.0C
[14.0C]






— by Rob Kothe

For full detail results race by race and class by class, visit www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au

Photos: Living Doll leads Evolution Racing yesterday at Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2009. (photo ©
Sail-World.com/AUS).

 


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