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MacDiarmid Sails - AFR Midnight Rambler's Stunning Debut

MacDiarmid Sails Helps Achieve Dream Debut

Using our sails, Ed Psaltis’ brand new Ker 40 AFR Midnight Rambler has made a stunning ocean racing debut taking line honours and the PHS Division 1 win in the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club’s Lion Island Race, which also marks the start of the CYCA’s Ocean Pointscore and Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore Series.

Psaltis, who owns the boat with his long standing partner Bob Thomas and long standing AFR crew member Michael Bensic, has spent the last 18 months researching suitable ocean racers to replace his modified Farr 40 of the same name. His goal is to achieve another overall win in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and given the right conditions this could be the boat to watch come Boxing Day.

“I’m very happy,” Psaltis said this evening “The boat’s performance today was very encouraging – she was dynamic off the breeze and her upwind performance was far from vulnerable.”

“The conditions were very testing for the new boat but she held her own in the 20-25 knot westerlies. It’s looking very good at the moment,” Psaltis added.

AFR Midnight Rambler also took PHS Division honours in the CYCA's Grant Thornton Short Ocean Pointscore

Tom Barker, AFR Midnight Rambler’s tactician also continued to praise the boat “The crew are phenomenally happy with the boat. To get this result in the first race is a testament to all the work that’s been put in by Ed to get the right boat and the crew who have work tirelessly.

“She is everything that we thought she could be,” Barker recalled this evening “The boat is punching above her rating and to beat a 50 footer across the line (Vamp) is fantastic. We are excited by the potential this boat has.”

“It was a testing day on water with an almost true westerly in the morning, which swung to the south west throughout the day. The boat stood up to it and the crew are looking forward to the coming season,” Barker concluded.

Bruce Dover’s Warwick 44 EZ Street placed second in PHS Division 1 behind AFR Midnight Rambler with Frank Hetherton’s Molly third.