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Michael spies victory ahead

Versatile Sydney yachtsman Michael Spies, holder of the open race record for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, this evening has his eyes firmly on his first overall handicap win in the ocean classic.

Spies was co-skipper of the Volvo 60, Nokia, when it slashed the record for the 628 nautical mile course in 1999.

This year he is skipper of the Beneteau 40.7, First National Real Estate, and is currently heading the progressive standings in the grand prix IMS handicap division.

Spies boasts that this boat is the best optimised 40-footer in the fleet and the boat appears to be proving that claim by consistently figuring high in Yacht Tracker assessments of corrected time positions.   more...


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