Beau Geste take line honours in Pittwater To Coffs race
GUIDED by a full moon the international crew of 17 on board Karl Kwok's 80-foot maxi Beau Geste took line honours in the protracted Club Marine Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race.
Their official finish time recorded at the base of Muttonbird Island just inside the harbour was 21:16:45.
This gave them an elapsed time of one day eight hours 16 minutes 45 seconds, and an average speed of just seven knots over the 226 nautical mile course.
The most wind Beau Geste encountered was an 18 knot sea breeze on Saturday afternoon and owner Karl Kwok said "it was a very interesting race" despite the slow pace.
"The start was agonising and last night we had a full moon," he said.
"It was real champagne sailing.
"Then, the last 12 hours were really good.
"We were not happy to hear Team Australia had a problem but accidents are part of the game, unfortunately.
"We had enough food and drinks to last us to the finish."
Due to the depth of Beau Geste's keel and the roll in Coffs Harbour it can't moor securely so the winning maxi is being delivered back to Sydney to dry storage.
But the headlines were all about Team Australia's dismasting.
Sean Langman's trimaran is back in Port Stephens after a jury rig was fixed when the broken mast had to be cut away.
The last boat at sea, Wave Sweeper, was still off Taree as Beau Geste hit the finish line and is not due to finish until Monday.
Camille, the beautiful Gosford based Swanson making its offshore racing comeback under newish owner Peter Moran, retired just after 7pm on Saturday.