Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

SPIRIT OF THE RACE; Former Volvo around the World Winner Enters Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Ocean Classic

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

SPIRIT OF THE RACE; Former Volvo around the World Winner Enters Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Ocean Classic

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THE Pittwater to Coffs Harbour race has received a massive entry only days before they close.

Bruce Absolon's Volvo 60 'Spirit of the Maid' will be the largest yacht in the fleet and she is making her way down from Hamilton Island especially for the race.

The vessel is named in honour of Absolon's previous boat, 'Ausmaid', who was completely destroyed when she broke anchor and ended up on a beach in Noosa on a delivery down to the start of the Brisbane to Gladstone Race in April this year.

"I was devastated," Absolon said.

"She got caught in a micro system off the Queensland coast on a delivery and lost her stick when she went vertical and got back flipped and barrel rolled three times down a 10-12 metre wave.

"After being rescued by coastal patrol, she then broke anchor and ended up on the beach, written off, 12 hours later.

"Anyway, we're back in business and ready to get back on the bike and are really looking forward to getting down there for the Pittwater-Coffs race and series. …

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