Iain Murray will need to drive Wild Oats hard to stay ahead of another new boat, Vanguard in the race to Coffs Harbour.
Iain Murray will need to drive Wild Oats hard to stay ahead of another new boat, Vanguard in the race to Coffs Harbour.

Nicorette has withdrawal symptoms



SKIPPER Ludde Ingvall and his super maxi Nicorette were aiming to write history, having won line honours in the 60th Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, just before dawn yesterday morning.

Ingvall soon after re-affirmed his desire to sail north again, aiming for line honours in the 24th Strathfield Pittwater Coffs Race starting on Sunday.

But his exhausted crew showed him the long long repair list after the savage ocean race and the consensus was a rest in Hobart.

"We were all keen to come, but there are too many things to fix on the boat," Ingvall said.

"It's all right for me, I was going north by jet, the guys who would to have had to sail back are just too exhausted, for it to be safe, so it wont be this year."

Last January the old Nicorette won line honours in the Strathfield Pittwater Coffs race ahead of Wild Oats, now Targe.

Now the newest Wild Oats, campaigned by Pittwater identity Bob Oatley, is the new line honours favourite for the warm water alternative to the Sydney to Hobart race, the 232 nautical mile race to Coffs Harbour race starting this Sunday.

A high tech pocket maxi , the new Wild Oats beat Skandia and AAPT in the Canon Big Boat Challenge and has the power and speed to smash the 2003 race record.

The new longer and narrower Wild Oats was completed in mid July and had very successful debut at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia in the first weeks of September.

There the pocket-rocket finished close behind two 90 footers, both built in Brookvale, by McCongahys Genuine Risk and Neville Crichtons Alfa Romeo (the line honours winner of the 2002 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.)

However Wild Oats will be pressured closely.

Targe is the current race record holder, setting that in 2003 before winning the 2003 Admirals Cup.



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