Australia. Raw Nerve wins Brisbane to Gladstone multihull class Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 April 2006
Ian Grant


Melbourne orthodontist Martyn Riley steered the super quick catamaran Raw Nerve to an impressive light wind win in the Multihull class Brisbane to Gladstone race on Saturday afternoon. Raw Nerve despite sailing most of the race in light and variable winds completed the 308 n/ml race with a 26 hour 2 second course time. “We had wind over the deck all the way, but it never offered any hair standing moments or sprint type speed in fact it was painfully slow in Moreton Bay”. Riley said.

Her consistent speed never threatened the blistering pace she set on the race record run in 2004 when Riley and his co helmsman Stuart Blomfield power sailed to an 18 -55-09 course time. However Riley was happy to have claimed his third line honours trophy in a row with a time that was 5 hours slower than his personal best. “There was never a hint of being over pressed from the relatively gentle winds as Raw Nerve rolled along in the pleasant conditions. The moon was out and the sea was surprisingly calm which made you forget about night sailing in light winds”. Riley said.

Raw Nerve still managed to cover the miles at an impressive rate averaging 11.1 knots in a 10-15 knot breeze over the final 100 nautical miles to stretch the gap to almost three hours over the match racing catamarans APC Max (Tony Considine) of Melbourne and the Australian Offshore champion Raider helmed by Joel Berg of Brisbane. Skipper Riley ran out of runaway in her bid to win the race on corrected time with Raider who beat Raw Nerve by 4 seconds two years ago claiming the major trophy with her faster 1 hour 5 minute 35 second win over APC Max while the Raw Nerve crew claimed third place.
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