Cardin wins by a whisker

LMAX beats GREAT Bri­tain by 42 sec­onds

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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