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KHALEESI: READY FOR RACING

Equipped with 3Di ENDURANCE, Khaleesi is ready to take on the 628 nm race

© Andrew Dally

Andrew and Pauline Dally’s Khaleesi had a busy 2016, posting three second places before sadly breaking their mast during the Brisbane to Keppel Island Race. Since then, the team has notched up only one victory (the Bird Island Race, an 85 mile race in early December). Now, “with the expert setup by North Sails and Sydney Rigging,” Andrew explains, “we feel the boat is faster and with a bit of luck we might visit the podium again.”

Khaleesi’s next podium opportunity is the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR). We caught up with her experienced skipper just days ahead of the start.

Why did you go with 3Di ENDURANCE for your new mainsail?
Our headsails are 3Di ENDURANCE and we have had them since 2014. Despite a recut on a couple of them they are still in good racing condition. Whilst it is heavier than 3Di RAW it allows us to be fast, but more importantly it has the longevity we need for our budget.

What’s the biggest difference you’ve noticed between that sail and your previous main?
Durability. It’s fast and still able to deal with the rigors of hard offshore racing.

Congratulations on winning the Bird Island Race – part of your preparation for Hobart. What’s Khaleesi’s secret?
We attribute our success to a strong loyal crew that stayed with us while the mast was out of the boat, as well as to great preparation and fast sails.

Who’s your closest competition for Hobart?
St Jude [Sydney 47]. There is also another DK 46 is the race, Extasea, which we have beaten in previous matchups.

© Andrew Dally