Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Owen's Mad Max Claims Fourth Win BAY TO BAY CAPTIVATES; Tin Can Bay Economy Given a Big Shot in Arm

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Owen's Mad Max Claims Fourth Win BAY TO BAY CAPTIVATES; Tin Can Bay Economy Given a Big Shot in Arm

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SYDNEY skipper George Owen mastered the Great Sandy Strait to take out the 31st annual Bay to Bay yacht race at the weekend.

The popular event, Australia's largest trailable yacht race, attracted a field of 155 yachts and almost 800 sailors.

Owen's yacht, a 10m multihull dubbed Mad Max, claimed line honours in Hervey Bay on Sunday after starting its journey from Tin Can Bay on Saturday.

The victory was the fourth straight for Owen who is feeling great affinity with the Bay to Bay format.

Mad Max reached speeds of up to 17 knots despite the eight-knot breeze to power its way up the spectacularly scenic Great Sandy Strait.

While Owen set the pace, other competitors enjoyed the trip, particularly after festivities during a stopover on Fraser Island.

OWEN was thrilled with his victory after towing Mad Max all the way up from Sydney.

aThis is a great race. So well organised and a credit to the sailing club,a he said to the Fraser Coast Chronicle's Nat Bromhead at the finish line. …

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