Race 6 Report

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HAPPY BOY JUSTIN WITH GRANDDAD
HAPPY BOY JUSTIN WITH GRANDDAD
David Price, Perth, Friday, 12 January 2007

A light day of 5-10kts with the usual left or right and nothing up the center to spin the dial and totally mix up the placings, with inverse results for many crews..............

The inside news is 1344 PANTHER's Justin Sharrock & Kris Fay have bagged the series with another win in race 6. A light day of 5-10kts with the usual left or right and nothing up the center to spin the dial and totally mix up the placings, with inverse results for many crews.

 1335 SKYE HIGH Alex McFadyen & Matthew Stenta and 1334 ACE Peter Kendall & Louis Halford took off to the left of the track with most of the fleet heading up the right side - and it was the right side!!!! Oh the pain when the fleet converged half way up the first work for these two competitors. The breezes on the Swan in this regatta have dramatically altered the positions of all boats at a whim, being on the wrong side at the time has been very cruel to some very accomplished young sailors - first to last and last to first.
 
At the top mark, 1344 PANTHER Justine Sharrock & Kris Fay had a narrow lead over 1242 RUSTY Alan Ezzy & Liam Warburton, 1336 CRUNCHIE Olivia Price & Lizzie Jones and 1318 HEROES & VILLAINS Robert & Matthew Crawford. By the wing mark, the leaders were unchanged but closely following were 1325 TOPHERS TOY Jay Griffin & Chris Saunders and 1251 SCOOTER Scott Cotton & Max Vos. The reach to the leward mark benefited 1345 BAMBINO Ali Chapman & Alex Paton who slipped past to fall in behind 1336 CRUNCHIE who were 4th at the mark.
 
PANTHER and RUSTY duelled it out for the rest of the race for the lead, with the fickle breeze playing a big role on the last work with RUSTY crossing the line first with PANTHER 20 seconds to their rear. 1318 HEROES & VILLAINS and 1331 BRING IT ON AGAIN Nick Brunning & Matthew Stockes crossed next within the following 15 seconds.
 
Race 6 was probablly the closest race of the series so far.
 
David Price



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