Cardin wins by a whisker
LMAX beats GREAT Britain by 42 seconds
THE narrowest of margins separated the top two yachts in the Clipper Henri Lloyd Hobart to Whitsundays Race that ended in Airlie Beach on Saturday night.
After a long, hard-fought battle LMAX Exchange crossed the line in Pioneer Bay 42 seconds ahead of GREAT Britain.
An earlier than expected night time arrival meant celebrations on the dock of the Abell Point Marina were low key.
However, there was no denying the elation of the crew and the excitement on the faces of Abell Point Marina manager Luke McCaul and his staff.
The completion of Race 6 marked the last port the fleet will enter before leaving Australian waters for Vietnam on Monday.
Skipper of LMAX Exchange Olivier Cardin said there was a lot of tension on-board prior to crossing the line – but he was happy to claim another win for the boat and crew. “We were ahead with less than one mile, (to go and) anything can happen. I was thinking ‘if I am second, ok’,” he said.
After conducting maintenance on the boat Mr Cardin said he was looking forward to someone else taking the helm during a cruise of the famous Whitsunday islands. “We have five or six days to enjoy Airlie Beach. I know that the place is nice and we plan to rent a boat here for one day,” he said.
ELATED: Skipper of LMAX Exchange Olivier Cardin expresses his joy at defeating his rival GREAT Britain.