AAPT fought light winds best
SEAN Langman's pocket rocket, the modified open 66 class ocean racer AAPT, added another major trophy to her impressive career when she took line honours in the 2004 Brisbane to Gladstone Race on Saturday night.
AAPT completed an outstanding season of offshore racing with a second in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race followed by second place in the Sydney to Mooloolaba and an outstanding light wind win to claim a 1-1-1-2-1 score card in the past five Gladstone races.
However, this was easily the toughest race for the speed sailing AAPT crew who struggled against adverse light winds for more than half of the 308 n/ml course before locking into ideal spinnaker sailing winds.
As a result, this was the slowest of her five race times, finishing 14-44-03 outside the 20 hour 36 minute 48 second course time set last year.
AAPT, known around the Australian offshore sailing scene as the Skiff on Steroids because of her sensational down-wind sailing speed, gave her crew another ride to remember when she finally sailed into pressure wind south of the Breaksea Spit light.
Skipper Langman and his principal crew members David Boyd, Larry Jamieson and David Sudano then began a race against the clock, sailing the final 135 nmls with an average speed of 10.12knots.
She simply powered away, leaving the balance of the fleet led by Heaven Can Wait, The Cone of Silence, Team FGI and Tow Truck to fight out the minor places while the undisputed race champion, the six times race winner Saltash 11 (Ian Wright), surfed before the building breeze to stake a claim on the outright handicap honours.