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Smooth sailing for Estate Master


The Estate Master sailing team recently enjoyed a highly successful sojourn in North America, where it claimed encouraging results in a series of very competitive races.

First up was the USA West Coast Championship in August, which was held in Santa Barbara in the USA. Under the guidance of skipper and Estate Master CEO Martin Hill, the team secured a strong fifth place finish in a challenging fleet of 15 competitors.

Estate Master showed exceptional form in the race and gained plenty to think about for the remainder of the season. Martin was particularly pleased with the result, given that it was the squad's debut on the continent.

"We haven't sailed a major regatta for some time now, so to finish so well in our first event in North America was outstanding," he said.

"We felt we were always in there fighting and our great team got better every race. To finish off the series with such a commanding victory will give us a lot of confidence going into the penultimate event next month in San Francisco."

That event in San Francisco - the Big Boat Series - did not go as swimmingly, but Estate Master will nonetheless be encouraged by a seventh placed finish. With all eyes now on the upcoming Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, the Estate Master team is remaining focused and looking to take their chances.

Martin said he was drawing a lot of positivity from the unlucky nature of their finish in San Francisco, which indicated that when on form, anything is possible for Estate Master.

"We only lost fifth place on a countback and were just two points from fourth. Any one of the top five boats could win the World Title," he said.

"We still have a few tricks up our sleeve so we cant wait to get back there."

Although based in Australia, the Estate Master team has scoured the globe for sailing talent in its quest for glory. Crew members from Ireland, Italy and North America can be found toiling away on board with the Australian core of sailors.

The Estate Master squad touches down in the USA on October 8 to commence training. With more than 20 teams from seven countries all vying for silverware, the line up at this year's Farr 40 Class will be one of the strongest in recent times.

Date Published: 02 Oct 2014
Category: General News

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