Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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Day 2 Australian Marblehead Championships


The second day of the Marblehead Championships began on the the main Control Area and the promise of a good south-easter and it did not disappoint.  Right from race 1 the breeze kept the sailors reaching for a shorter rig until by early afternoon C-rigs were the weapon of choice.  By days end 19 races were completed with an unchanged list in the major placings.  With few halts for course changes the pace was relentless and the skippers were well and truely ready for a break at the end of the day. 

Scott Condie has thrown down the gauntlet to be just 5 points behind Kirwan Robb, so the Championship is still up for grabs.





Day 1 Marblehead Championships

Day 1 of the Marblehead Australian Championships started with breifing in the Southport Yacht Club Watersports Centre.

A solid north-easter was forecast so the Race Committee selected the alternative Control Area on the south-east side of the lake.  The breeze never did as it was told by the forecaster and stubbornly stayed in from the east, not the perfect direction for that part of the lake however the Race Officers managed to coax a very good windward-leeward course out of the situation.

Following on from his 10 Rater win, Kirwin Robb finished the day with 4 bullets from 7 races.  Scott Condie was keeping Kirwan on his toes taking the other two wins for the day.  Still two full days to find another Australian Champion.

Racing was halted late in the afternoon even though the breeze was still cooperating due to the bottom gate disappearing into the reflected glare of the setting sun.  Given that it was heading to 1700 hours there was not too many disappointed sailors from that decision.

Forecast for tomorrow is for a stronger south-east



Kirwan Robb Crowned Ten Rater AUS Champion

From the completion of race two Kirwan with his Trance design Ten Rater took the lead and was never headed. His consistency throughout the event saw him have no worse than a fifth after three days of sailing with nine firsts and eight seconds in the twenty five races completed.

Pictured top: Kirwan looking relaxed with just a couple of races to go.
Pictured above (L-R): Andrew Reid, Kirwan Robb, Scott Condie
For full results see ;ARYA Nationals website

Scott Condie and Andrew Reid also with their Trance Ten Raters fought it out til the end for the minor placings and while late in the afternoon of the final day Condie closed the gap to as close as four points behind Reid he was unable to close the gap any further before racing was completed, leaving Reid in second place overall with Condie third.

ACT's Stephen Sedgmen finished fourth with his own Sanga design followed by WA's Rosco Bennett with his Diamond finishing fifth.

Winners of the inaugural Grand Master trophy was David 'Yoda' Thomas with the Master Trophy being won by Owen Jarvis.

Day 2 10 Rater Championships 2019

The breeze that took till lunch time to come in on day 1 was there before briefing today.  Courses were set and it was on.  Ten knots from the ESE gusting to a little more sometimes that was only interrupted by a squall late in the morning.  It came through as a B fleet race was starting causing havoc on the line.  After that passed there was the usual lull for a race or two before settling back in for the day.

Kirwan Robb continued the domination for the second day.  His worst result was 4th, three of them, but they have now all been dropped.  Andrew Reid is his closest competition but is 18 points in arrears and it is difficult to see how he can bridge that gap with the single day left to race.  But Scott Condie is just 9 points from Reid so the silver medal is still up for grabs.

Novelty of the day was the B fleet competitor who was very late for the start due to equipment issues.  With seconds remaining he launched the boat off the bank and streeted the fleet with his port start.  Not recommend but it worked just this once.

The cloud cover reduced visibility after 4:00 p.m. and the top marks became harder to range find.  As the last race was called Andrew Reid discovered his boat electronics unresponsive.  As he worked to remedy the problem the start he missed ended in a general recall.  That's what are mates for apparently!   He made the re-start with less than a minute to spare.

The forecast for tomorrow looks similar, another champagne day at Regatta Lake.



Day 1 10 Rater Championships 2019

The day started with frequent squalls and a SSE breeze.  The forecast was for 15 - 20 knot Easterly breezes on the coast which was expected to translate to 10 -15 knots at Regatta Lake.  Eventually that was exactly what happened but not before some serious attempts at setting a course proved futile.  One start had the fleet making the top mark on port from the start line, while soon after the same mark was fetched on in one leg on starboard.  Weather chaos continued to reign until a halt was called for lunch.

During the break the wind settled in from the East with reasonable shifts available for the observant.  The kind of conditions the less experienced call a lottery that the better sailors always seen to get lucky in.

After the day concluded at about 1640, it was Kirwin Robb (VIC) who read the conditions the best with his worst result, a 3rd, going in the first drop giving him a Nett of 9 points.  Scott Condie (NSW) in 2nd place dropped a 7, while Andrew Reid (VIC) following in 3rd place dropped a 10.  Consistency is the key and clearly Kirwin had it today.

Ross Bennett (WA) is loitering with intent just three points behind Reid, with Stephen Sedgmen (ACT) a further 3 points back in 5th.

The final bracket of racing saw gusts above 15 knots causing just a few nose dives and the odd round-up.  However these conditions only extended the distance between those at the pointy end and those in the back half.

The forecast tomorrow is for similar wind conditions with less precipitation.  Hopefully this will mean that the sea breeze will be able to push though earlier than it did today and more racing can be racked up.

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