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Pump leak slows Superman

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February 13, 2017

Darren McGuire’s Superman was almost a no-show in Sunday’s superclass after it didn’t complete the Baker’s Blitz.

Darren McGuire’s Superman was almost a no-show in Sunday’s superclass after it didn’t complete the Baker’s Blitz.

The boat encountered a water pump leak during the race and was forced to end its run before reaching the finish line.

The consequence was a late start on Sunday, making it difficult for the team to record a competitive time.

McGuire spent Saturday afternoon fixing the engine problem and was able to get in a practice run Sunday morning to test out the boat.

“We gave it a quick run this morning so it should be alright, but we haven’t had the chance to give it a good flog yet so we’ll have to wait and see,” McGuire said ahead of the afternoon racing.

“We’re just hoping to get to the finish line in a good time.”

But as his team said when God gives you lemons make lemonade and McGuire was able to find some positives in the day, saying the rough water would work in their favour.

“The choppier the better for us,” he said.

“It could start blowing a gale and it wouldn’t bother us.”

Unfortunately it wasn’t as blustery as the team was hoping; skier Daniel Cotton said the conditions weren’t rough enough to slow the other competitors down.

‘‘It was hard work out there,’’ Cotton said.

‘‘The boat was playing up all week and when you’re way back in the field like we were and have to pass a number of boats it’s hard to keep that momentum and run.

‘‘It was a surprise just to finish the race.’’

Cotton said the team was likely to be back again next year and hoped to do better, but out of the races in Australia the Southern 80 was the one which suited them least.

‘‘Superman is one of the biggest boats out there and struggles to get around the tighter corners — but we’ll definitely be back again,’’ he said.

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