A TINY Tasmanian entry which was first sailed by its new owners on delivery from Airlie Beach a week ago is cleaning up in its division at Hamilton Island race week.
With back-to-back wins and a third place, the husband and wife team of Piers and Sarah Findlay is leading by four points.
Rum To Paradise, an Elliott 7 23-footer sports boat, is a new acquisition for the Findlays from Port Dalrymple Yacht Club at Beauty Point.
The boat is one of nine entries from the state which has always been a great supporter of race week, despite the massive distance competitors have to travel.
"Monday was a magic day on the water, really special," Sarah Findlay said.
"Piers and I have done a lot of sailing and we have also built boats. We are just here to have fun."
In 2008, the couple did the same thing, bought a boat en route to Hamilton Island and went on to collect a trophy for their efforts with a second in division.
With the daytime temperature peaking at 13 degrees when they left home, the Tassie couple was happy to be wearing shorts and T-shirts while enjoying balmy winter conditions at Hamilton Island with a crew including Sarah's brother Cameron Gibson and Jack Wells, of Brisbane. After three races, Rum To Paradise has five points on the leader board, comfortably clear of Queensland yachts Dusty Muzzle and Synchronicity.