Heats 2 & 3 2007 SUNSMART F11 NATIONALS Report


David Price, Perth, Tuesday, 9 January 2007

Monday, 8 January 2007 - - It was a mixed bag for the fleet on day 2 of the championships, with very fickle and light winds from the SW oscillating up to 30deg......

Monday, 8 January 2007  -    - It was a mixed bag for the fleet on day 2 of the championships, with very fickle and light winds from the SW oscillating up to 30deg.
 All crews were busy by 8am at Nedlands Yacht Club in preparation for 2 back-to-back races starting at 9am on the more southerly end of Melville Waters, this area being now available once the Dragon Nationals had finished. The fleet was in a quandry as to which side of the course would be the favoured, each 5 minutes brought a radical shift of direction and intensity of breeze about 5kts in strength.

It was bit of a task for the new PRO John McQueen, but he made the best of it and go the 2nd heat underway just after 9am after one general recall then taking the "black flag" option for the restart. Wouldn't you know it, but the fleet behaved themselves this time and there was no dramas in relation to the black flag condition. Alex McFadyen in 1335 Skye High was the only boat to toy with a close approach to the line in the last minute before the start and all support boats were quite relieved when he returned to the pack.

It was "licorice all-sorts" on the first work, with the breeze wandering in and out, and changing from left to right at a whim's notice.

Alan Ezzy & Liam Warburton in 1242 RUSTY made easy work of the first leg to the top mark, clearly leading the remainder of the fleet in a disarrayed state. Next boats around the top mark were 1345 BAMBINO Ali Chapman & Alex Paton and 1251 SCOOTER Scott Cotton & Max Vos. By the bottom mark, Alan had stretched his lead to an unassailable distance and only had to coast to the finish line from this early achievement.

Not so the next two placings, as BAMBINO and SCOOTER, 1242 FRUSTRATION Amy Lee & Maddy Nairn and regatta favourite 1344 PANTHER Justin Sharrock & Kris Fay battled in the light conditions right to the finish, with Scott & Max in SCOOTER taking a well earnt second place just ahead of Amy & Maddy in FRUSTRATION for third place and Ali & Alex in BAMBINO coming fourth over the line.

A quick break to the beach and the fleet were back out for heat 3 by 1pm, with a very clean start the firt attempt. Maybe the use of the black flag by John McQueen in the earlier race had an effect - who knows?

More breeze was in, about 12kts at start time and a gradual increase as the race progressed. Again, the Swan River produced a regular left and right pattern of up and down breeze, but Justin & Kris in PANTHER managed to harness the oscillations to their advantage and take line honours with a clear margin ahead of second place 1341 FLYING THE COOP James & Kyle Walters with next boats RUSTY, 1311 UPBEAT Scott Schutz & Emma Knighton, BAMBINO and 1331 BRING IT ON AGAIN Nick Brunning & Matthew Stokes crossing over fairly close to each other in succession.

With the end of play occuring rather early, all crews took the opportunity to mingle a while back at the club house over a sausage or two, all seemed pleased to have completed 3 races in the championships so far and a number of parents sank a few cold ones while awaiting the presentation of the days results at 4:30pm.

With 3 races in the bag, 1344 PANTHER lead with 1-5-1, 1242 RUSTY in second place with 8-1-3, 1341 FLYING THE COOP in third with 3-9-2, 1345 BAMBINO fourth with 7-4-5, and thre equal bvoats for 5th place 1325 TRPHERS TOY 2-12-7, 1331 BRING IT ON AGAIN 9-6-6 and 1335 SKYE HIGH 4-7-10.

Starting time tomorrow has been delayed until 1pm.

David Price


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