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Boats built by PCT participated to the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race

News International-French

4 Jan 2016

For Premier Composite Technologies (PCT), the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race has been a success, with three high profile, high performance race yachts, completing the grueling 628 mile race course, securing places in the top finishing fifteen boats.

Most notably, Matt Allen’s, PCT built Carkeek 60, Ichi Ban put in a fine performance, placing 6th over the water and second place in IRC Class Zero, following a tough and close race against the slightly longer Chinese Whisper.

The two boats had stayed in touch with each other, pretty much throughout the race and ended up match racing their way up the Derwent River in the closing stages of the race.

Over the course of the race, the boat and crew, were sorely tested, with a tough first night at sea, which saw 25% of the fleet retire. Following this, Ichi Ban benefited from fast ‘running' conditions, off the breeze, which really suits the Carkeek 60, before a fast moving cold front, tore across the race track, resulting in a second testing period of upwind sailing in 45 knots of wind.

Despite these rough conditions, the Carkeek 60 completed the course in one piece and came very close to delivering the much vaunted first place.

In addition, the PCT built, Carkeek 47 “Indian" and the newly launched Mills 45 “Concubine” have also delivered on the water, coming home in 11th and 14th places overall, whilst in IRC division 1, this translates to 4th & 6th spots respectively.

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