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Etchells Australian Championships - Black flag drama continues

by Bernie Kaaks on 12 Jan 2013
Triad (John Bertrand) makes a splash rounding the top mark. - Prochoice Safety Gear Etchells Nationals Bernie Kaaks
Despite a black flag penalty in the second of the three races run today at the Etchells Australian Championship, The Croc sailed by Michael Manford, Dean McAullay and Nicholas Gray, tightened its grip on the 2013 National title with a third and a fourth place in the two races she finished.

The Croc now enjoys a six point buffer over her nearest rival, Triad (John Bertrand, Grant Simmer and Andrew Palfrey), who in turn are one point clear of third placed Chilli Plum (Torvar Mirsky, Steve Thomas, Nick Davis and Justin Wong).


With just one race left to sail to finish the championship series, Manford is in control, but since he must select his disqualification in race 6 as his 'drop' race, he cannot afford to relax. The levelling factor is that both the yachts immediately below him on the leaderboard are also carrying a black flag disqualification, so they have the same problem. Only Queensland’s Matthew Chew, in fourth place with a worst placing of ninth, could cause an upset if the three leaders fail in the final race tomorrow.

Hong Kong’s Mark Thornburrow continued his miserable run today. Already carrying a non discardable disqualification from yesterday, he was again black flagged in race 6 today, along with Victorian Chris Hampton (Tango) and Michael Manford (The Croc).

A black flag episode today resulted in a request for redress by Bandwagon (Skip Lissiman). After some delay, the race committee advised the fleet by radio that four boats had crossed the line early. Lissiman responded immediately, turning his boat away from the fleet and back toward the start line, as required by the rules. A short time later, a second call from the race committee corrected the initial call and nominated three boats, not four, and that Bandwagon’s number had been called in error. So Bandwagon, having travelled away from the top mark, now had to turn around and give chase to the tail enders. The outcome will be decided by the jury.

Race 6 was also unfortunate for Dawn Raid (Jake Gunther) and Marmalade (Marino Evangelisti), resulting in damage serious enough to force both to retire, though Dawn Raid was temporarily repaired and sailed in the last race of the day.

Weather conditions on the Fremantle course were similar to yesterday, with a south westerly sea breeze at about 15 knots for race 1, but escalating to 22 knots during the afternoon, which kept crews on their toes .

If tomorrow’s weather follows the forecast (and with a cyclone off the north west coast anything is possible), sailors should enjoy excellent sailing conditions for their final race in south easterlies blowing at around 15 knots. It will be a sweet relief after three successive days of heavy 'Fremantle Doctor' south westerlies.






Provisional Results for Etchells Championship after 7 races with 6 races to count

Pos'n

Bow No

Boat Details

Skipper/Crew

Total

Nett

09/01/13 1

09/01/13 2

10/01/13 3

10/01/13 4

11/01/13 5

11/01/13 6

11/01/13 7

1

25

AUS864 - Gen XY (QLD)

Matthew Chew/Brian Donovan/Bill Cuneo/Ashley Deeks

30

30

3( 3)

3( 3)

1( 1)

5( 5)

9( 9)

4( 4)

5( 5)

2

23

AUS1402 - The Croc (WA)

Michael Manford/Dean McAullay/Nicholas Gray

42

42

1( 1)

2( 2)

2( 2)

1( 1)

4( 4)

29(BFD)

3( 3)

3

29

AUS1383 - Triad (VIC)

John Bertrand/Andrew Palfrey/Grant Simmer

48

48

2( 2)

7( 7)

29(BFD)

4( 4)

1( 1)

3( 3)

2( 2)

4

16

AUS1367 - Chilli Plum (WA)

Torvar Mirsky/Steve Thomas/Nick Davis/Justin Wong

49

49

4( 4)

4( 4)

29(BFD)

3( 3)

2( 2)

1( 1)

6( 6)

5

32

AUS1215 - No Jacket Required (VIC)

Noel Drennan/Peter Ahern/ Bill Browne

50

50

9( 9)

10( 10)

4( 4)

6( 6)

12( 12)

5( 5)

4( 4)

6

37

AUS1382 - 1382 (WA)

Peter Chappell/Luke Payne/David Castles

57

57

11( 11)

6( 6)

7( 7)

11( 11)

11( 11)

2( 2)

9( 9)

7

35

AUS883 - Tusk (WA)

Gary Smith/Michael McAullay/Simon Cunningham

59

59

10( 10)

5( 5)

12( 12)

13( 13)

5( 5)

6( 6)

8( 8)

8

22

AUS923 - Racer X (RHKYC)

Mark Thornburrow/Andy Service/Bucky Smith/Simon Cooke

70

70

5( 5)

1( 1)

29(DNE)

2( 2)

3( 3)

29(BFD)

1( 1)

9

14

AUS874 - Tango (VIC)

Chris Hampton/Ian Johnston/Ben Morrison-Jack

73

73

7( 7)

8( 8)

3( 3)

9( 9)

6( 6)

29(BFD)

11( 11)

10

24

AUS827 - Heart Starter (WA)

Mark Lovelady/Grant Lovelady/Travis Keay

74

74

6( 6)

13( 13)

8( 8)

12( 12)

13( 13)

9( 9)

13( 13)


http://www.rpyc.com.au/sailing/regattas/2-page/478-results-2013-etchells-australian-championships" target="_blank">Full results here
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