Too big, too fast
LAHANA shattered Black Jack’s shot at a Brisbane to Gladstone threepeat by claiming line honours in the 2011 yacht race on Saturday afternoon, while Hooligan finished first overall.
The biggest vessel in the fleet finished in 27 hours, 13 minutes and 14 seconds, almost seven hours shy of Skandia’s 2004 race record (20:24:50), but skipper Peter Millard was just happy to edge out Mark Bradford’s crew.
“We certainly respect that boat (Black Jack), we’ve had some pleasant, successful duels with them of late and we’ve certainly had their measure, so we were pretty confident we were going to sort them out this year,” Millard said.
Light winds made for frustrating sailing out of Moreton Bay, but the big three of Lahana, Black Jack and Hooligan opened a gap on the field when the tides changed in their favour beyond the cape.
Black Jack fought valiantly to stay in touch with the 100 foot (30.48m) favourite, but Lahana’s sheer size and longer waterline proved the difference from Caloundra onward.
“Basically we got beaten by the bigger boat,” Black Jack’s Bruce Clark said.
“Realistically we came where we were supposed to come; when they entered the yacht race we knew we had our backs to the walls when it came to line honours.”
While it was a two-horse race for line honours, the Courier Mail Cup for overall winner on handicap went to Hooligan, the third yacht across the line.
“I’ve always wanted to win this race and the names and boats inscribed on the trophy reflect the colourful and wonderful history of Queensland, and indeed Australian, yachting,” Hooligan skipper Marcus Blackmore said.
Black Jack (28:33:33)
Audi Sunshine Coast Alegria IV (49:56:43)
1st Hooligan (Marcus Blackmore)
2nd Lahana (Peter Millard)
3rd Blackjack (Mark Bradford)
4th RBS Morgans Immigrant (Jeff Paul)
5th Trumpcard (Craig Coulson)