Race record on cards
"We are just a bunch of Pittwater dinghy and skiff sailors, this all we know how we do" laughed World Champion and Americas Cup sailor and successfull Property Developer Iain Murray from the supermaxi Wild Oats XI, after winning the 2005 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.
Pittwater local Bob Oatley, winemaker and Hamilton Island Resort owner, spent a cool ten million dollars, having the 30 metre carbon fibre supermaxi build at John McConaghy's Boatyard at Mona Vale, launched at the beginning of December, another Pittwater local, Mark Richards, a World Champion Match Racer skippered the boat to Hobart.
Iain Murray from Newport was one of the afterguard.
Michael Coxon, the CEO of North Sails Australia Mona vale, provided the complete sail package for the boat.
In fact most of the crew were, as Murray describes Pittwater dinghy and skiff sails, members of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport, but rather good ones in fact.
They won the prestigious Admirals Cup on Wild Oats IX in 2003 and that trophy takes pride of place in the Alfreds foyer.
With the Hobart winning boat still in Hobart awaiting repairs, the Pittwater Boys will line up this afternoon on the last Wild Oats X for the 25th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race.
A new race record, line honours and a handicap win are at stake.