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Host Plus Executive wins inaugural Launceston to Hobart.

As the leaders in .the Rudder Cup were nearing the end of their Bass Strait crossing, 21 boats set sail on the morning of 28 December in the inaugural Clive Peeters Launceston to Hobart Race, an innovative event conceived by the Derwent Sailing Club in Hobart and the Tamar Yacht Club in Launceston.

Most of the entries were from Hobart, with race director John Williams commenting: "Them was an opening for a local race that would support local boats that didn't want to the hassle of going to Sydney or Melbourne." Williams is confident the L2H will be become a regular event, an "opportunity for people who want to try our ocean racing."

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Like the M2H fleet, the L2H fleet had light winds along the Tasmanian north-east coast, then a fast spinnaker run down the east coast, with prominent Hobart yachtsman Jeff Cordell, sailing his Mumm 36 Host Plus Executive out in front for almost the entire 280 nautical miles.

Host Plus Executive, from Bellerive Yacht Club, sailed the course in two days, four hours and 33 minutes, finishing well clear of Nick Edmunds' Radford 40 Haphazard from the Port Dalrymple Yacht Club

On corrected time, Host Plus Executive won from Haphazard and the former half-tonner Lock on Wood, a 1983 Dubois design skippered by another Hobart yachtsman, Peter Geeves. In fourth place was the Sydney 38 Asylum, skippered by Diana Barka.
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Title Annotation:Race And Regatta Round-Up
Publication:Offshore Yachting
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Date:Feb 1, 2008
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