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7 January 2020

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GOOD ONYA Kipper1258!!! CONGRATULATIONS Garagiste!! Gratulacje WRmirekd!
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Up to now, the second leg of Sailonline’s Tasman Double mini-series has seen us mimic real racers who, after celebrating a finish or a win at their destination, find themselves needing to ferry their boats back to their homeports. This year, however, our Race Committee thought we should do something a little different and, instead, race again from Sydney, Australia, out to the beautiful Lord Howe Island – not just an island but a group of volcanic “remnants” that appears as one of only four island groups in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list for the global significance of its natural beauty and heritage – it does rather sound like paradise!

The start of 2020 sees no let up in the stiff competition here on Sailonline and so it was that racers flying the flags of 30 different nations, most remembering to start on time, faced the conditions off Australia’s Pacific coast in this 410nm race. As ever, competition in the leading pack was pretty intense – 13 boats arrived within 10m of the leader, while our leader managed to give himself a sweet lead of 2m 36s at the line! Competition further back in the field was even fiercer – 5, 6 and 7 arrived within 3s of each other, 8, 9 and 10 arrived within 25s of each other and 12, 13, 14 and 15 arrived within 31s of each other. No matter where you are in a Sailonline fleet, there is always someone to race against – whether you announce a matchrace in race chat or not – and, for most of us, a challenge to improve on a position if, like some, you are unable to be awake for all wx updates or to adjust your course more than once a day!

Let’s now congratulate our first podium of 2020 for an excellent start to our racing year! Very nicely done, guys!

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