Alive smokes the Brisbane to Keppel Yacht Race
UPDATE 4.06PM: THE 9th edition of the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Race is the second slowest on record in terms of line honours and the boat furthest back, Philip Bell's Olsen 40 called She, is not long past the halfway mark in the 348 nautical mile race.
Phil Turner's Alive was guided by a full moon to the finish in the very early hours of this morning and recorded an elapsed course time of 1 day 13 hours 29 minutes. Back in the inaugural race in 2007 Peter Goldsworthy's VO60 Getaway-Sailing set a start-up course time of 1 day 14 hours 15 minutes.
Second finisher was Peter Harburg's Juan K Black Jack at 5.13am this morning.
Sam Haynes' latest Celestial, a TP52, finished third over the line at 1.49pm this afternoon, leaving 21 yachts still racing north from Moreton Bay to Keppel Bay south of Yeppoon.
EARLIER: Under a bright blue moon and still with wind on their side, Philip Turner's 66-footer Alive claimed an unopposed line honours victory and may have also cleaned out the Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race trophy cabinet.
The 14-person crew aboard the Derwent Sailing Squadron registered boat finished the 348 nautical mile running and reaching race from Moreton Bay to Keppel Bay at 12.29am this morning in a 6-knot southerly.
It is the Reichel-Pugh design's third line honours win in nine Keppel races and first for skipper Duncan Hine and his team.
On corrected time, the standings have Alive provisionally leading IRC overall and division 1, ORCi and PHS overall and division 1.
Mooloolaba-based navigator David Turton said their early winning move was overhauling Peter Harburg's Black Jack in Moreton Bay,
"The weather was always going to mean the rich got richer; being in front meant getting the first chance at everything. This boat also goes very well in light VMG running conditions, in that 6-8 knot range which is rare to get. It really lights up.
"Keeping an eye on the tracker and the other boats meant we could see the angles behind as we tried to stay north of the ridge line. We made some pretty made big moves north to stay on the right side of it," Turton added.