The 3rd Australian
Musto Skiff Championship 2013 - Day 2
Venue : Mounts
Bay Sailing Club - Perth (AUS) This is the venue for
the next World Championships
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Day 2 Australian MPS Championships held
in the slowly building Fremantle
Doctor, in warm sunshine, 38 degrees and 27 degrees
Reports by the race's 3rd placed boats.
RACE 3 report by Chris Sutherland
Race 3 of the Musto Australian Championships was the
first race on a 3 race day Saturday.
The seabreeze filled slowly at 1:00pm
and the PRO got the race started on 245 degrees in 9
to 14 knots
The race was won by Jon Newman, in the
end after 2 veterans Arthur Brett legendary Contender
and Windsurfing world champion and Chris Sutherland
fought all day. Youth won in the end we finished in
the order of Jon, Arthur and Chris.
Arthur and Chris were part of the fleet
at the Pin end of the start, Arthur did a tack part
way up the work then came left again while Chris went
hard left, other guys tacked off and went central. Left
paid and Arthur led Chris around the top Mark for the
first time with heavyweight Ritchie Robertson 3rd. As
the breeze slowly built, Arthur and Chris gapped the
fleet on the downwind with Chris pulling off a brilliant
late drop manoeuvre at the bottom mark to sail around
Arthur and take the lead.
On the 2nd work Jon came through with
a small shift to take the lead which he held at the
top mark and build a small gap down the run. Arthur
and Chris continued to battle with Arthur a little quicker
as the wind built towards 12 knots,
In the end Jon extended to lead by a small
margin while Arthur just made it over the line ahead
Its been a perfect Regatta so far Perth
is a wonderful place to sail -
RACE 4 report by Marcus Hamilton
The 'Freo Doctor' continued to build to 15-20kts, as
the fleet pushed hard for a pin-end start. Phillips,
Newman & Hamilton were first to the left side, which
was proving to be the favoured side. However, Robertson
had worked the shifts perfectly up the centre and had
built a commanding lead at the top. Whittington, Schoenoff
were in the mix downwind as the fleet closed up, except
for Robertson who was still well clear.
The positions of the fleet were unchanged
on the second lap as the lead boats protected the left.
On the third & final lap, things got
interesting. The lead group was split by a ferry coming
up the river. Phillips & Hamilton continued left
and Newman tacked up the centre of course. When the
boats converged at the top Hamilton, Whittington &
Schoenhoff had benefited from the separation and had
closed in on Newman.
Robertson was still well clear and determined
to avenge his race 2 capsize, which had cost him the
race win. With the pressure building on the course and
in Robertson's head as he approached the final gybe
to the finish line. It was success! The clean gybe gives
Robertson the win.
Phillips holds second, and Hamilton follows
in third, ahead of Whittington & Schoenhoff in fourth
RACE 5 report by Jon Newman
Clear start and the fleet was away in 15-25 knots. Most
of the fleet heading to the left hand shore line awaiting
the left shift with the pressure. Few opting to tack
out early to not risk the shallows ended up paying for
Top mark was Phillips, Hamilton, Newman
and Hill. Newman having a bad bear away and standing
it on the nose to result in a capsize with the remaining
fleet having to dodge the mess. Phillips and Hamilton
took off to put a large gap on the fleet.
Newman playing good catch up and getting
back to 4th behind Thor by the gate. Next upwind. Hamilton
and Phillips kept at it but not much changed between
them with Phillips holding a clear lead.
Few shifts saw Newman pass Thor to get
back in touch with the leaders by the next top mark.
Huge downwind gusts saw the Phillips lead reduce to
Hamilton and Newman with Thor close behind still. Bad
rounding for Thor with a capsize and it was a 3 boat
race for the 3rd lap.
Phillips with a loose cover on Hamilton
and Newman. With all heading for the left again. Bad
tack with a capsize for Newman saw the places locked
in and Phillips ended with an easy win. Hamilton surviving
a wonkey last gybe to remain second with Newman attacking
still to come 3rd. Mark Whittington 4th followed by
Tim Hill in 5th.