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The Lithuanian and Japanese crews are already planning to return: #RSHYR #SYDHOB

The Lithuanian and Japanese crews are already planning to return: #RSHYR #SYDHOB

A 12 year old Lithuanian Volvo 60 that roams the world from race to race called Ambersail , and KLC Bengal 7 , a two year old Humphreys 54 hailing from Japan arrived in Sydney never having taken part in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's 628 nautical mile race before. And Ambersail was the first Lithuanian entry ever. Yet in a fleet of 76, spread across 140 miles of ocean, this morning the only two non-Australasian boats in the race found they were converged at Tasman light with no other yachts in sight, rounding Cape Raoul and launching into Storm Bay within hailing distance of each other. The two raced side by side across Storm Bay, match racing the final leg up the Derwent River. In the end, Ambersail crossed the line 6 minutes ahead of the Japanese, a very satisfying result for her skipper, Simonas Steponavicius. "We have met this boat quite a few times before," he...

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