- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012 00:25
- Written by Josh Courter
17-June-2012. Long term fast lane sailing mates Peter Millar and David Chittleborough have sailed numerous exciting miles on the spray drenched trampoline of the catamaran Cynaphobe.
Generally their tactical plan revolves around the spectacular feat of flying the windward hull on the fine line between distinction and disaster for as long as they can.
The reduced wetted surface when Cynophobe lifts the hull free from the sea surface has become the sole target for co-skippers Peter Millar, David Chittleborough and their crew of Whitsunday Sailing Club mates.
Cynophobe created from the drawing board well known Australian multihull designer Tony Grainger and built by David Chittleborough competes with the sole crew purpose of having fun while racing in the fast lane.
This was again evident when perfect trade winds provided the fleet with another exciting test of fast multihull racing for honours in the 23rd race of the annual Sprint championship on Pioneer Bay last week.
Predictably Cynophobe which has been nominated to contest the 2012 Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week against a high class fleet later this year again expressed her exciting all angle sailing speed to leave her rivals struggling to record the required performance to protect their handicap rating.
At the half way point Cynophobe had left the Keith Roberts skippered Wild Thing and Derek Holroyd’s Doctors Orders to play catch up as the hull flying catamaran continued at a fast pace to beat her .904 handicap penalty.
Cynophobe completed the 4 lap sprint race course with the exciting time of 48 minutes 42 seconds and while the crew were again happy to have enjoyed another fast ride they were unsure of their chances of adding the handicap to the impressive line honours win.
The final result came down to one of the closest recorded in recent seasons when Whitsunday Sailing Club officials declared Cynophobe had won the line honours and handicap double with a corrected time of 44 minutes 2 seconds beating Wild Thing (.795) by 2 seconds with another 3 seconds to the lower .760 rated Doctors Orders.
This important win has also allowed the talented Cynophobe crew who recorded their last ‘double’ in race 10 to maintain the series lead with 91 points five clear of Wild Thing while the 2011 Airlie Beach Race Week Multihull class champion J’Ouvert (Peter Berry) holds third overall on 101 points.