Australia. Brisbane to Gladstone: Easterly wind forecast could help Vision Skandia break race record Print E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2006
Ian Grant:

Strong to fresh South East winds have been forecast to blow over the South Queensland coast this weekend as the 48 crews competing for honours in the 2006 Brisbane to Gladstone Race crews enter the final preparations for the start of Queensland’s premier Blue water classic at 11 am on Good Friday.

This would be a perfect forecast for the super maxi Vision Skandia to re-write the 20 hour 24 minute 50 race record she set in 2004 but her charter skipper Kerry Spencer who steered his Queensland pocket maxi Bobsled to a 21-59-43 record 11 years ago will have to ‘pace the dock’ for another seven days while he prays for the present forecast to last.

Hopefully his plea to the sailor’s weather god Old Huey will be answered but that will remain on hold while he posts the record breaking target time in the navigation station for all the crew to see.

They will be required to produce a thrilling wave surfing ride, and average better than 15.09 knots to reach the finish line before 7-24-50 am on Easter Saturday for Kerry Spencer to become the first skipper in the 58 year race history to hold a triple record crown.

His previous best race times at the helm of the smaller Kel Steinman designed Bobsled was 25-57-32 (1992) and 21-59-43 in 1993 now he faces the personal challenge of beating his personal best by 1 hour 34 minutes 54 seconds to claim the honour of being the fastest in Gladstone Race history.

Theoretically the challenge is well within his grasp when the speed advantages are measured in the waterline length of the 18.6 m Bobsled compared with the more powerful 30m Skandia.

However all hope and expectations of a race record rest with the actual wind direction and speed that must prevail between 11 am on Good Friday and 7-30 am on Easter Saturday for Vision Skandia to post a new record and become the first yacht in race history to set records with different skippers
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