The 3rd Australian
Musto Skiff Championship 2013 - Day 3
Venue : Mounts
Bay Sailing Club - Perth (AUS) This is the venue for
the next World Championships
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Day 3 Australian MPS Championship concludes
in dramatic fashion 2 boats protested by the Race Committee
for not signing on before going afloat, despite one
of these boats returning ashore to sign later and still
making the start of both race, and a third boat returning
undetected and not protested by the Race Committee.
Both boats were penalised 4 points to
be added to their regatta totals by the Jury for not
signing on prior to going afloat.
Racing was conducted in fading North Westerly
breeze. Following reports by Denis Joes and Arthur Brett.
RACE 6 by Denis Jones
After missing the start by 1 minute yesterday and getting
flogged at Snap in the morning by my 8 year old, it
was time to regroup and focus.
After a final reminder from 18 bowman, Thor Schoenoff
to not be late and a perfectly non-polite retort it
was time to head off to the course an hour early. Arriving
to very little wind, the fleet sweated around for an
hour in the above 30 degree heat, until our RO Andy
Curnow summand some breeze.
We were answered with a fairly stable 20 knot North
easterly. (Amazing work Andy…)
Arthur Brett won the start at the pin,
with Marcus Hamilton winning the middle and Denis Jones
at the boat. The three leading boats with others close
behind all charged to the left hand side, not sure how
the breeze was going to oscillate in the 3 lap race.
Arthur, Marcus and also going quick, Richie Robertson,
were the first to tack to Port and took a couple of
sterns, including Denis’s.
The top mark saw a slight shift to the RHS, which favoured
the early tackers, including Jon Newman.
There were a few minor changes on the run, Notably Arthur
Brett who nose-dived and swam in some large ferry wake
during a gybe. Denis and Jon gybed early and managed
to surf the waves to make up a few extra boat lengths.
All the boats converged closely at the bottom mark in
fading breeze. Marcus was sailing really smart and held
his lead both on the downwind and the next beat. Mark
Whittington and Thor pulled a great early shift and
Denis gained ground in the middle. The top mark had
Marcus still in control with Jon and others chasing.
Jon had a weird capsize, looked like he ran over the
Again everyone converged at the bottom and it was time
for major decisions. A group worked the left while Denis
and Richie saw breeze on the right. Marcus did a great
job keeping both groups under his belt. At the top it
was Richie, Marcus and Denis all very close.
The final run home was tough in the fading breeze, Marcus
did best and got the gun, Tim Hill who was at everyone’s
ankle the whole race snuck through for 2nd and Denis
third. Richie who gybed through the middle lucked out
for a 5th.
RACE 7 by Arthur Brett
Breeze was from north east at the start at 6 knots then
swinging 20 degrees to the right up the first beat and
then another 20 throughout the rest of the race.
The boats out to the right on the first
beat were favoured by the swinging of the breeze but
those on the left were favoured by slightly more pressure.
Those on the left were forced to hold their nerve and
wait for a small shift back near the top. The right
side paid but it could have been a whole lot worse for
the others. Denis Jones led from Jon Newman.
Because of the 20 degree shift, the downwind
was mostly spent on the port gybe. It was important
to realise early that the left hand gate looking downwind
was going to be heavily biased and to jockey for a smooth
rounding position before it was too late. Jon led at
the bottom form Denis.
There was a change of course for the second
upwind and the breeze continued to drop. The strength
was now under 5 knots with some handy and fairly subtle
shifts on offer. There were some sizeable gains and
losses and it became a real challenge to keep wide vision
of the course and still sail the boat fast. Jon led
from Denis and then Pickets Whittington.
The last downwind was always going
to be tricky. The breeze was just strong enough to keep
the kite filled and any gybe was going to cost more
than normal. It was important to survey each side of
the course on approaching the top mark and be measured
and strong with the choice of the first gybe. Most of
the fleet gybed and went left with a couple going right.
Pickets came from the right and claimed the chocolates
with Jon coming in second. Denis got dudded big time
and was passed by a big clump of boats.