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Audi One Metre Challenge a Highlight at Docklands Invitational

January 22nd, 2008



 

Audi has once again shown its keen support of sailing – this time with a brand new class of racing at the Skandia Docklands Invitational Regatta on the weekend.

The new ‘Audi One Metre Challenge’ was a fiercely contested event with around 100 competitors pitting their skills against the competition in this battle of radio-controlled mini-maxi-yachts.

Twelve mini maxi yachts took part in the Audi One Metre Challenge – the fleet of ‘blowfly’ yachts looking every bit the part with their sleek, brightly-coloured hulls and miniature sails and sheets battling the blustery conditions experienced on the waterfront at Docklands.

Ten heats were held for members of the public keen to test their skill with the radio-controlled yachts on a course around a set of Audi buoys in the Harbour. The heats were followed by two semi-final events and of course finished with a hotly-contested final event – with the major prize an Audi Design chronometer.

Audi Ambassador and Olympic icon, Catherine Freeman, came down to the waterfront to watch the competition and take a turn herself with the life-like radio-controlled yachts before presenting the major prize to the winning ‘skipper’.

Competition for Line Honours was fierce, with David Hoeveaars from Geelong the ultimate victor.

The event was watched by many spectators including round-the-world sailing legend, Nick Maloney, and multi-Sydney to Hobart-winning ocean navigator Adrienne Cahalan also viewing the action from dockside.


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