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2015 Airlie Beach Race Week – Morticia holds onto her lead
Morticia on the race track today - Airlie Beach Race Week© Andrea Francolini

Airlie Beach Race Week 2015 – Morticia holds onto her lead

Airlie Beach Race Week 2015 – Multihull favourite, Shaun Carroll’s Morticia is holding onto her lead and has firmed as odds on favourite to take the title at Whitsunday Sailing Club’s annual regatta.

Skippered by noted sports boat sailor and ocean racer Chris Williams, Morticia, the Lombard 10.5 tri design, played second fiddle to Peter Wilcox’s Schionninggforce1500 designed Mojo, today.

Sailing a Passage Race from Pioneer Bay to Grassy Island return, Voodoo beat Morticia to the post by just over two minutes once the handicaps were applied. However, following her win of yesterday, Morticia leads the series by one point, with Mojo second and Andrew Stransky’s Fantasia in third.

The fleet started in light air just after 11.00am.

“Instead of sailing the rating game, which we normally do, we’ve set Morticia up to sail overseas at St Barts and at St Maarten Heineken Week – a few regattas in the med over an 18 month to two year period,” Williams said this afternoon.

“Our rating has gone from 983 to 1012 and we’re throwing as much horsepower as we can at the boat to be competitive on the world stage,” the Sydney sailor said.

Williams has been steering the boat for two years now, but says he is still at novice at multihulls. Nor did he expect them to win here, given the modifications to the boat that have affected its handicap.

2015 Airlie Beach Race Week – Morticia holds onto her lead

Getting serious on Carbon – Airlie Beach Race Week© Andrea Francolini

“We didn’t expect to win here, because we are trying to learn to sail the boat again, we are learning from scratch, it is such a different boat,” he said.

Carroll, Williams and the crew will likely leave for the Med after the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race in January.

“It will likely be our last Australian regatta. When we return, Shaun and I will be doing the next Melbourne-Osaka double-handed race – the first time they have included multihulls,” Williams said.

Back on Airlie Beach Race Week, Williams said they had a good day yesterday, but things got off on a bad footing today.

“I stuffed up the start, got there a bit late and with the tide going out, crossed the line early, so had to go around the pin and re-start. We fought back well, but the pre-start was an ‘oh dear’,” he said.

His tip on who will win here at Airlie Beach? “It will come down to Fantasia, Mojo, Morticia and Mad Max. We’ll see what happens after two more Passage Races and a day of windward/leewards,” Williams said.

“This regatta is a good test for the boat and we once we got over the start, the team settled into the nice breeze of around 11-14 knots.”

Hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club, racing in the ‘Tropical Festival of Sailing’ continues tomorrow from 11.00am.

Multi-Hull Racing – Series results

Place Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score Race 2 Race 1
1 3002 MORTICIA Chris Williams RMYC 3.0 2.0 1.0
2 M165 MOJO Peter Wilcox MYCQ 4.0 1.0 3.0
3 641 FANTASIA Andrew Stransky MYCQ 6.0 4.0 2.0
4 V2 APC MAD MAX George Owen MYCV 7.0 3.0 4.0
5 M1480 RENAISSANCE Mike Hodges MYCQ 10.0 5.0 5.0
6 SA532 CARBON CREDIT Peter Hawker RSAYS 14.0 8.0 6.0
7 N888 THE BOAT WORKS Julian Griffiths NYRC 15.0 7.0 8.0
8 WH3801 J’OUVERT Stephen Barton RMYC 16.0 9.0 7.0
9 SA432 CROSSHAIR Gerald Valk RSAYS 18.0 6.0 12.0
10 339 QUICK SKIPS Peter Millar WSC 20.0 11.0 9.0
11 WH1093 COOL CHANGE Bob Critchley MYC 23.0 10.0 13.0
12 V3 BARE ESSENTIALS Tim Pepperell MYCV 23.5 12.5 11.0
13 N11 TWO UP TOGETHER Justin Grunwald RMYC 25.0 15.0 10.0
14 449 DUX NUTTS Peter Boyd RSAYS 26.5 12.5 14.0
15 BFC55 BAREFOOT Warren Innes CYC 29.0 14.0 15.0
16 W111 SIROCCO M Arthur WSC 33.0 16.0 17.0
17 PC101 NO PROBLEM Ray Hobbs PCSC 35.0 19.0R 16.0
18 AUS57 EARTHLING Glenn Rutherford MYCQ 38.0 19.0C 19.0C

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