Team Vodafone have fight on their hands

SUZANNE MCFADDEN - BOATING NZ
Last updated 11:05 21/08/2012
Georgia
Andrea Francolini
Team Georgia Racing, part of the Kiwi team struggling in the South Pacific Trophy, has not had the strongest regatta.

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Giant multihull rivals TeamVodafone and Team Australia are battling tit-for-tat for the crown of fastest boat in the Southern Hemisphere.

After three races in the Hamilton Island Race Week, the score in the Transtasman clash is 2-1 in favour of Sean Langman's Team Australia.

Aucklander Simon Hull's TeamVodafone took line honours in race two by just three minutes, but couldn't hold out its sister Orma60 trimaran in race three yesterday. Today is the classic long race for the super multis and IRC classes.

"At the end of this week, we are aiming to be the fastest boat in the Southern Hemisphere - so far we are," Langman says.

TeamVodafone suffered damage in the lead-up to the regatta, having to repair a starboard foil after a collision with a local manta ray.

The Transtasman rivalry continues with the South Pacific Trophy for IRC class boats.  The New Zealand team of Georgia, Icebreaker and Kia Kaha are trailing Australia by 24 points after four races.

This year's Hamilton Island Race Week boasts a fleet of 163 boats, and doubles as the Australian IRC Championships.  So far TP52 Yendys, with Kiwi Gavin Brady at the helm, has the upperhand in Class A.  Farr 55 Living Doll, with New Zealand veterans Mike Sanderson and Steve Cotton on board, is not far off the pace.

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