ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship day 2 - A testing time

Matthew Chew (Gen X Y). ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship
On day 2 of the ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship competitors were presented conditions similar to those of yesterday, with the effects of the recent East Coast low still evident.

The Race Committee set the off shore course at 170, with 1.8 nautical mile leg lengths under threatening clouds and in a confused seaway.

The Start boat was positioned just on the outer edge of the Inner Gneering shoals where two currents meet, testing the sailors skills in the short chop.

The fleet went into sequence for the first start of the day. With a solid rain squall to the north of the course and sun shining through the clouds, racing commenced for race 3 of the series.

It was a clean start. Graeme Taylor (Magpie) started midline while the rest of the top contenders started down the line, around mid pin.

Three quarters of the way up the first beat Taylor led World Champion Tom King (Iron Lotus). Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) was coming in from the right and looking good. He crossed King handsomely by at least three and a half lengths.

While the sun shone over Mooloolaba, there were storm cells to south and north of the course and the breeze, although approximately 15 knots, was moving around quite markedly.

It was close at the top mark. Taylor rounded ahead of Thornburrow, with current series leader Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) moving up into third ahead of King. Peter McNeill (Iris 111) was next, followed by David Healey (Rapscallion), David Rose (This Will Make Her Scream), Roger Hickman (Sun Tzu), Grant Chipperfield (Dark Joker) and Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990).

The breeze continued to build, hitting 20 knots as the fleet reached the top mark for the second time.

In rain and wild conditions Taylor rounded first, ahead of second placed Thornburrow with Chew further back in third and McNeill fourth.

As they headed towards the finish, surfing skills came into play.

Fleet head down wind. ADCO Australasian Winter Championship 2012

Magpie, with keen surfer Ben Morrison-Jack as her bowman, extended down the run doubling their lead to some twenty lengths on the fleet.

Graeme Taylor and his crew surfed away to take the win. Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) was second while Peter McNeill Iris 111) made up considerable ground to cross in third. Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) was fourth, Tom King fifth, followed by Jean-Claude Strong (Yandoo XX), Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990), Philip Coombs (J for Jig), Mark Bulka (Perfect Balance) and David Turton (Harold Holt).

Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) retained his overall lead at the 2012 ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Graeme Taylor (Magpie) was three points behind, tied with Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) but leading on count back.

Mark Johnson (Roulette) and local Mooloolaba Fleet Captain Trevor Martin (Butterfly Effect) retired from race 3, Johnson having broken his carbon tiller extension, when he fell in a tack.

However both skippers lined up for race 4 of the series.

As the fleet went into sequence, both the breeze and sea state were building.

The wind was averaging 22 knots but heading towards 25 and the seaway, although increasing, was from the south and more consistent. Blue sky was appearing as the Race Committee signalled Course 1 with 2.5 nautical mile leg lengths, finishing upwind off Point Cartwright.

On the pin Peter McNeill (Iris 111) got away well, as did David Clark (Dawn Raid) and Graeme Alexander (Smile N Wave). Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) was best placed, fourth up from the pin, high and fast.

Tom King (Iron Lotus) was squeezed out on the line and had to go around. As a result he was badly buried at the back of the fleet. King was seen crossing the sterns of the entire fleet.

Boats were launching off waves as the seas again became lumpy and the wind further increased.

By the top mark Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990) had moved into the lead, ahead of McNeill with Thornburrow third. Chew rounded fourth, then Mark Bulka (Perfect Balance) ahead of Clark and Dean Blatchford (Echo Beach). Race 3 winner Graeme Taylor (Magpie) was back in 13th.

Former Class president Noel Paterson (Waterloo Bay) hit the mark after coming in from port, stalled he could not penetrate the starboard lay line wall for aeons then had to complete his circles. The error cost him dearly and he dropped around 20 places.

Tom King was buried deep in the fleet. However Colin Beashel (North Star) was even further back.

As fleet reached the top mark for the second time, McNeill held a comfortable lead over Thornburrow and Chew. Clark was fourth round, Hampton next with Blatchford and Mark Johnson (Roulette) following. Taylor was 12th, with Tom King outside the top twenty.

Peter McNeill leading Race 4. ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship

By this time Mark Sanders (Rebound) and Todd Trevillion (3 Gone Missing) had retired from race 4.

A big squall went round the fleet and up to the north side. McNeill was caught on the wrong side of the squall, got out of phase and lost his lead.

Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) crossed the line first, followed by Matthew Chew (Gen X Y ), with McNeill managing to hang onto third.

Thornburrow commented ‘We had two good races today. It was very tough - windy, but our boat handing was good with no mistakes and we went right way.

'We'd expect 25 knots, like it was at the end of today. We are enjoying it but it’s a bit cold.’

Peter McNeill said 'We're Grand Masters and it was a tough sea and pretty bumpy. We were going quite well and we had some good speed downwind, but lost the lead in last lap.

'Mark and Chewy went right from the bottom mark. We thought left would work on the last beat but it did not, so that did not do us any favours.

'But being an old Pittwater boy, I do not mind the chop at all.'

David Clark (Dawn Raid) was fourth, Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990) fifth, Mark Johnson (Roulette) sixth, with Jake Gunther (The Boat), Graeme Taylor (Magpie) and a fast finishing Tom King (Iron Lotus) next.

Dockside Tom King said 'It was not our day. Getting closed out at the pin in the last race was not pretty.

'Matt Chew has been working hardest and it shows.

'Good rides and good racing - that's what we came for!'

Graeme Taylor explained his 'loss of form' in race 4.

'We had two sailing gloves in our pump in the race 4. We did the whole second beat with MJ (Ben Morrison-Jack) in the boat bailing, because we were sinking.

'We did the whole second run with 'Mothie' (Steve Jarvin) having the pump in bits. So we were two up and amazed to finish eighth actually.'

With a 4, 2 result today Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) and crew, Ashley Deeks, Brian Donovan and Paul Wyatt, retain the lead at the 2012 ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. They are two points ahead of Hong Kong sailor Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) with Graeme (GT) Taylor (Magpie) third.

Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) said dockside 'It was pretty windy and waves were choppy. We had good boat handling and that helped.

‘We were getting good starts midline, conservatively going the favoured way and it worked out well for us.

'We are just going to hold on harder if it gets windier.

‘We are leading but we are here to race, so bring it on!’

Racing concludes tomorrow, Sunday 10 June, with two races scheduled to complete the series. The first warning signal will sound no earlier than 10am.

David Healey - ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2012 Day 2

Mooloolaba Etchells Fleet Inc.ADCO Australasian Winter Championship 20127th June  to  10th June 2012All BoatsSeries Summary
117Matthew Chew, Ashley Deeks, Brian Donavan & Paul WyattBrisbane414211
211Mark Thornburrow, Simon Cooke, Sam Sakai & Bucky SmithHong Kong642113
333Graeme Taylor, Steve Jarvin & Ben Morrison-JackMornington1101820
420Peter McNeill, Simon Reffold & David GleadhillLake Macquarie893323
527Mark Bulka, James Arnold & Steve YoungMelbourne2391125
610Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen & Owen McMahonSydney385925
712Colin Beashel, Richard Allanson & Garry GudmunsonSydney52141334
806Christopher Hampton, Matthew Johns & Sam HainesMelbourne1767535
924Jeanne-Claude Strong, Tiana Wittey, Neville Wittey & Marcus BurkeSydney7762444
1009David Clark, John Collingwood & Andrew SmithMelbourne141711446
1115Ross Lloyd, Matthew Turner & Peter WilliamsMelbourne1112131248
1234Jake Gunther, Tony McPhail & Stuart SkeggsMelbourne121816753
1316Philip Coombs, Stuart Schafer & David EickmeyerMelbourne151381955
1402Mark Johnson, Christian Brook & Nikolas BurfootSydney9540\DNF660
1503Roger Hickman, Kate Besley, Daniel Williams & Daniel MorrowSydney1321152069
1623Graeme Alexander, Errol Candy & Chris JacksonMornimgton2111201870
1721Dean Blatchford, Greg Torpy & Keith JensenLake Macquarie2020241074
1805Dirk Van Der Struyf, Graeme Johnson & Richard RowellSwan River2514211575
1913John Warlow, Craig Alcock & Bradley GinnivenBrisbane2619191478
2037James Chilman, Stephen Girdis & Gary Van LunterenBrisbane1022222680
2129David Turton, David Biggar & Shayne FarnellMooloolaba3116102885
2228Noel Paterson, Sarah Board, Mark Buchbach & Hamish CrossanBrisbane1823252591
2304Peter Coleman, Iain Gartley & Wayne DixonMelbourne2827231795
2408David Healey, James Hallam, Timothy Robba & Jennifer SkeahanBrisbane2730172296
2539Gary Smith, Michael McAullay & Andrew McAullaySwan River16152640\DNF97
2622David Rose, Josh Torpy & Edward CowanBrisbane40\DNF24122399
2714Ian Anderson, Joshua Willis & Robin BraenderSwan River23293316101
2801Michael Stovin-Bradford, Andrew Gordon & Keith ShortSydney30251829102
2931Paul Minter, Glen Thomson & John MinterCronulla24332721105
3025Trevor Martin, Paul Braithwaite & Darrell CivicMooloolaba22313027110
3135Mark Sanders, James Howarth & Scott McInallyGold Coast19262940\DNF114
3218Jack Ellis, David Buckland & Luke CableMelbourne33343132130
3330Gregory Forgan-Smith, Bruce Pitt, Ludvig Bengtsson & Stuart LorimerGold Coast32283240\DNC132
3436Grant Chipperfield, Fenge Shave & Ross WadeMelbourne40\DNF40\DNC2830138
3538Hayes Michael, James Dagge & Liam HayesBrisbane35363731139
3626Todd Trevillion, Roger Gain & David RitchardSydney293240\DNF40\DNF141
3732Stephen Toms, David Smith & Patrick LargierBrisbane34353440\DNF143
3807Mal Blom, Toby Abbot & Iain DavidsonMelbourne40\DNF40\DNC3540\DNF155
3919Glenn Norton, Brett Heath, Peter Rattray & Richard HodgsonMelbourne40\DNF40\DNC3640\DNF156

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