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Mills Design Sweeps Key West

27th January 2009

Six Mills Design IRC yachts raced in IRC 2 at Acura Key West Race Week 2009, with San Francisco owner Dan Woolery driving his beautifully prepared new King 40 Soozal to take the top spot from Tony Buckingham’s Mills 40 Ngoni after a tough ten-race series in a wide range of conditions in the Florida Keys.  

In a competitive fleet the fight for top spot went down to the last day, with the very successful custom design Ngoni needing to make up 3 points over the last two races, but Soozal with Robbie Haines doing tactics looked rock solid and finished the day strongly for a series lead of seven points, counting a first or second in nine of the 10 races. “The racing was super hard all week. It was a dogfight every day and we were lucky to have Robbie, who is just a master at calling the shifts. You can have the fastest boat in the world, but it doesn’t matter if you’re on the wrong side of the course,” said Woolery.

Elsewhere the unstoppable Ray Roberts in the DK 46 Quantum Racing has added the 2009 Langkawi crown to his record streak in Asian regattas, and two DK 46’s finished in the top 5 of the Audi IRC Series at Skandia Geelong Week in Australia.  With new production projects like Soozal’s smaller sister the Summit 35 (below) already under way as well as some new custom designs on the board for 2009 please visit <> or contact us at [email protected] to learn how we can help you get winning results. Team

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