Cynophobe relishing conditions

AT THE mid way stage of the Multihull Solutions Abel Point Yacht Club Multihull Rendezvous, local boat Cynophobe is doing everything possible to try and take out the OMR (Offshore Multihull Rule) division in some serious sailing conditions.

In the first three days of racing from Sunday, Cynophobe have claimed line honours everyday and finished second on handicap in each day.

Mackay boat Bulletproof has finished first on handicap everyday, but according to Cynophobe skipper Dave Chittleborough they are pulling them back.

“On the first day they won by 18 minutes, on the second day 10 minutes and on third day only five minutes,” Chittleborough said following the third day of racing.

The Cynophobe skipper has raced in the past six Multhiull Rendezvous' and is absolutely loving the contrast in sailing conditions between Airlie Beach Race Week and this week's event.

“Sensational,” he said with excitement in his voice.

“20-25 knots [of wind] everyday. “Max speed is about 22 knots.

“We enjoy the rougher stuff.

“If we can get in front of Bulletproof, we'd be stoked.”

When asked if this was possible [to get in front of Bulletproof] and win the OMR division at the Multihull Rendezvous, Chittleborough replied, “It's still possible, if the breeze drops off.”

“Bulletproof [being a bigger boat] should slow down a bit in the lighter conditions.”

But win or no win, Chittleborough said that he and his fellow crew members who includes Cynophobe owner Peter Millar are stoked with the week of racing.

“We are absolutely loving it,” he said.

“Everyone is working really well together.

“Peter is stoked with how the boat is performing.”

After a lay day yesterday the final two days of racing start today from 11am and tomorrow at the same time same place – Abel Point Marina.

The presentations will be held on Friday evening at Hog's Breath Cafe.

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