Australian B14 National Championships Race Day 4 - "Battle on all the scoreboards continue"

Day 4 was another overcast day with the breeze in the North East at 8-12 knots. Two races were sailed starting at Shark Island, with the first race commencing at 1400hrs.alt

 

 

First race of the day was race 9. The race got away to a clean start with Bang Bang (Rick Plain and Alice Walker) heading left and leading into the top mark. They held on till the finish with The Nude (Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMillan) finishing fast down the final run to overtake OMFTB (Guy Bancroft and Lachie Imeneo). The competition was fierce in the mid fleet with a large group of boats finishing together. Cromarty Engineering (Clare Cromarty and Cole Dabner) were witnessed pulling off an awesome gybe in front of Fairyland (Gerry and Leaky) on the finish line.

 

Race 10 started in similar conditions. After the start OMFTB split to the far left gaining a huge lead which was easily held to the finish. The Hitchers (Robbie Hunt and Dave McAully) rounded the top mark in second place with a large group of chase boats close behind. The group bunched together at the bottom mark in low pressure causing slight chaos. On the second work majority of the fleet went left and remained in relatively close quarters back up to the top mark. In the end Bang Bang finished second with The Nude close on their heels in third.

 

Due to their consistent results, OMFTB maintains their lead with The Nude only 3 points behind. The top five places are still in close contention making for a highly strategic and interesting set of races tomorrow.

 

Off the Water Shenanigans:

The weather mildly improved this afternoon allowing for part two of “Bugger the Bone Extravaganza” – the State of Origin stand up paddle board competition. The teams conducted a relay style race around two boats near the ramp. A great number of spectator lined the shores as competitors ran from the WSC gate to the boards at the waters edge. NSW competitor, Theo Small, instantly took the lead as Tasmanian crews battled the unstable craft. NSW continued to lead the series as the remaining states battle each other (literally) for second place. NSW then lost the lead to the ACT in the final leg. Congratulations should go to the ACT team for their great come back, however they were disqualified from the series for not being a true state of Australia. The day ended with everyone having a great laugh together as people continued to try their luck at this stupid, sail-less sport. The afternoon showed that majority of us should stick to sailing. Thanks to Richie, Lissa and Adrian for organising this event.

 

Place Boat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 Heat 4 Heat 5 Heat 6 Heat 7 Heat 8 Heat 9 Heat 10 Total Nett
1 One More For the Bone AUS 782 McCrae YC Guy Bancroft Lachlan Imeneo 1 1 -3 2 2 -4 3 2 3 1 22 15
2 The Nude AUS 780 Woollahara SC Richie Reynolds Lissa McMillan 3 3 1 -9 3 -13 2 1 2 3 40 18
3 Bang Bang AUS 371 Middle Harbour 16 Skiff Club Rick Plain Alice Walker 5 -6 5 -7 1 2 1 5 1 2 35 22
4 Octopussy AUS 375 Canberra YC Andre Webster Craig Davidson 4 2 2 4 -9 5 5 3 5 -6 45 30
5 Bonework AUS 373 McCrae YC Scott Cunningham Rhenny Fermor -8 (19.0 DNC) 4 5 5 1 6 4 4 5 42 34
6 The Hitcher AUS 372 Kingston Beach SC Robbie Hunt David McAully 2 4 8 3 14 7 -16 9 -15 4 82 51
7 Blown Seal AUS 779 McCrae YC Mark Lainson John Nolan 7 7 7 -12 6 3 -10 8 7 7 74 52
8 Rocketship AUS 792 Leven YC Adrian Beswick Jono LeBis 6 5 9 6 7 -10 7 7 8 -10 75 55
9 Cromarty Engineering AUS 361 Port Dalrymple YC Cole Dabner Clare Cromarty (19.0 DNF) (19.0 DNC) 6 1 4 6 8 10 11 13 59 59
10 Fairyland GBR 786 The Mote Gerry Brown Leaky -13 8 11 -14 8 8 4 6 6 8 86 59
11 Toxic AUS 374 Canberra YC Allen Graham James Reynolds 11 13 10 10 10 -15 12 -15 10 11 117 87
12 Clean Skin AUS 781 McCrae YC Kelvin Boyle Amy Van Galan 10 12 -15 8 13 11 13 (19.0 DNF) 9 12 103 88
13 Phantom AUS 367 Midway Point Yacht Club Stephen Miller Lauren Bird 9 9 (19.0 DNF) 13 11 9 11 -14 12 14 102 88
14 Usain Boat AUS 376 Canberra YC Nathan Reynolds Gavin Barwick 12 10 12 -15 12 -14 9 12 13 9 118 89
15 Yellow Bone AUS 357 Woollahara SC Anthony House Luis Miranda 14 11 14 11 15 -16 14 11 14 -18 138 104
16 Bondi Tram AUS 355 Midway Point Yacht Club Stephen Mitchell Adrianne Daly (19.0 DNF) (19.0 DNC) 13 16 16 12 15 13 16 15 116 116
17 The Beast AUS 350 Woollahara SC Stan Bland Ralph Stanford (19.0 DNF) (19.0 DNC) 17 18 17 17 17 19.0 DNF 18 16 120 139
18 Orca Blush AUS 368 Woollahara SC Geoff Waldon Theo Small (19.0 DNF) (19.0 DNC) 16 17 18 18 18 19.0 DNF 17 17 121 140

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