Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Raptor Fastest on Day One; Mark Buchbach's Slick Sports Boat Blitzes First Race of Airlie Beach Race Week

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Raptor Fastest on Day One; Mark Buchbach's Slick Sports Boat Blitzes First Race of Airlie Beach Race Week

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Ian Grant

At Airlie Beach

YACHTING: Queensland champion skipper Mark Buchbach piloted his slick Allan Carwardine-designed sports boat Raptor to an impressive win in the opening race of the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week on Pioneer Bay yesterday.

Raptor, which carved up the opposition to record a perfect-score victory in the Queensland championship at Mooloolaba earlier this year, produced a similar impressive result over the physically demanding 22-nautical-mile Double Cone Island course.

Both skipper and crew displayed their sailing skills as they worked in unison with the variable 12-20-knot southeast breeze to break away from the fleet.

It soon became evident that Raptor would be the boat to beat after they sailed with unmatched pace on the initial windward slog to the rounding mark set off Mandalay Point.

When spinnakers were set, Raptor continued to call the shots as her crew of six sailed every gust on merit to hold their nearest challenger, Brett Whitbread in Blokes World, to a comfortable margin on the 11n/ml downwind run to weather the Double-Cone Islands. …

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