After yesterdays warmup, the Australian B14 National championships got underway in a shifty, east south easterly breeze of about 8 to 10 knots. The fleet of 24, 10 from interstate hit the start line early and on the first start a general recall resulted after too many boats were unidentifiable after the start.
Following a second starting sequence the fleet got away mostly with a clean start, with a protest pending, results are provisional only. Cromarty Engineering took a dip back to start their race and the fleet made their way through the first upwind. From early on it was clear that Richie and Lissa sailing in “The Nude” were going to be right up the front of the fleet. Rounding close to the top were, Robbie and Ben in “The Hitcher”, Craig and Paul in “Snatch”, Nick and Mark in “Get Nicked” and Guy and Dave in “Bonus Bone”. The Nude rounded well in the lead after the first lap and despite a number of place changes managed to keep their lead and finish the first heat of the championships with the race win. In second was The Hitcher and Snatch in third. Rounding out the top 6 was Get Nicked, 4th, Rocketship 5th and Bonework 6th.
After the start of the second race one of the leeward marks lost its anchor resulting in the race being abandoned.
Following this, the breeze continued to strengthen, capping off at about 15 to 18 knots. Shifts continued to throw out the capacity for big gains and bigger losses on the course. The fleet got off the line clear following the restart of race 2. Hitting the left early, the fleet tacked off to make the most of the breeze on the right hand side of the course. Staying left after a solid start was Snatch and also Rocketship, sailed by Adrian and Jono. Both boats took big risks but got locked into a long shift to the left of the course which resulted in them rounding the top mark in 1st and 2nd respectively. Again with only 2 laps for the race, early gains were critical. After the first downwind both Bonus Bone and Bonework, sailed by Ian and David managed to make big gains carrying the breeze down with them, getting through Rocketship by the bottom mark. Rounding close in was Cromarty Engineering who went upwind with Rocketship for half the beat, blow for blow. After finally taking another dip to the left Rocketship pulled away from Cromarty Engineering heading round the top mark just in front. Snatch kept well in front of Bonus Bone and Bonework who went to the right side of the course downwind early but came back to cover oncoming boats who were rounding in freshening wind.
Across the line in 1st was Snatch, followed by Bonus Bone in 2nd and Bonework in 3rd. Closing the gap to take 4th was Rocketship and after a fabulous downwind and overall race, Toxic sailed by Allen and James got 5th, just ahead of Cromarty Engineering in 6th.
Races 3 and 4 are scheduled for tomorrow starting at 1330hrs. Get along to the Midway Point Yacht Club for great food and a room with a view of the racing and take in the sights.
Provisional results below.
Sorry no photos until tomorrow
Last Modified on 04/02/2016 18:00