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Etchells Australian Championship - Perfect weather on day 2

by Tracey Johnstone on 13 Nov 2013
Etchells National Championship 2013, day two and Matthew Chew’s Gen XY team, with better starts, are heading towards the top of the three. Michael Jennings
In the Etchells Australian Championship, being hosted by Southport Yacht Club on Queensland’s Gold Coast, the second day of racing saw the top two teams trade places overall in another day of perfect Etchells weather.

Going into the start of the day John Bertrand’s Triad was on equal first with David Clark’s Fifteen. Peter McNeill’s Iris III and Cameron Miles’s The Hole Way were in equal points, fighting for third.

A day of relatively steady breezes, good tactical calls and a poor start by Miles, shook the top three branches of the pointscore tree with Miles falling down and Matthew Chew’s GenXY climbing up.

Race one of the day was set up in 10 to 12 knots with the top mark at 030 degrees. PRO Kevin Wilson reported that at the start, like yesterday’s first race, he had only two boats over. 'Miles was one and the other was Peter Hollis’s Heaven Can Wait. They both came back and then had to fight their way through the traffic. Cameron got some way into the fleet, but was still a fair way back and wasn’t a happy boy when he went through the finish line,' Wilson said. Miles finished that race in a costly 16th place.


A jovial Bertrand handed this afternoon’s race commentary over to his middle-man, Grant Simmer. 'It was a good day. In Race one we had a good race with Polly O’Neill. We led most of the race, then he just got inside of us at the last time at the top mark. We were having a bit of a battle with Noel Drennan and so he (McNeill) pipped us at the top mark and led to the finish.'

With the finish being downhill, Simmer said everyone was using the ocean swell, working the waves as best they could, in some cases picking up three or four places on their rivals.

The honours in Race one went to McNeill, with Bertrand in second, Clark quietly holding his own to slip into third and Chew in fourth, all within 23 seconds of each other.

Race two was away in more pressure, gusting to 16 knots with the swell and white caps challenging the 30-boat fleet. This time Bertrand wasn’t going to let anyone in on his lane as he led the fleet around the track to finish some 25 seconds ahead of young Chew with Clark again holding onto a third place.

'We just got ahead of Matthew Chew on the first beat and we were able to extend quietly as the race went on. Tactically it was a bit of an easier race for us. David Clark was also going well in both races.

'It’s good racing. There is a group of about eight or 10 boats that could easily win any of the races so is really close racing,' Simmer said.


Chew finished the day with second and a fourth moving him up to equal fourth with Noel Drennan. 'We had a great day, playing the game with the top boats. It was very close racing on a short course.

'We have got better every race so far. We have had better starts. The first race we were over and the second race we had a bad start and then we had two good starts today. Our boat speed has been good in all races, but it is really our starting that has improved the most.

'Tomorrow, if we keep our current trend, hopefully we will win a race,' Chew said.

Simmer expects the conditions tomorrow to be a bit lighter than today. 'Today was just perfect sailing, between 14 and 18 knots. There was only small wind shifts. Tomorrow we expect it to be between eight and 12 knots.'

OD results Start : 11:05
Place Sail No Boat Name From Elapsd Skipper Fin Tim Score
1 1325 IRIS III LMYC 01:08:00 Peter Mc Neill 12:13:00 1.0
2 1383 TRIAD RBYC 01:08:11 John Bertrand 12:13:11 2.0
3 1380 FIFTEEN+ CYCA 01:08:16 David Clark 12:13:16 3.0
4 864 GEN XY RQYS 01:08:23 Matthew Chew 12:13:23 4.0
5 1215 BOAT X RBYC 01:08:32 Noel Drennan 12:13:32 5.0
6 1392 BOOTROSS RQYS 01:08:39 Mark Bradford 12:13:39 6.0
7 1377 ROULETTE RSYS 01:08:44 Mark Johnson 12:13:44 7.0
8 991 THE BOAT RBYC 01:08:53 Jake Gunther 12:13:53 8.0
9 1338 CRITICAL BALANCE LMYC 01:09:00 Paul Garaty 12:14:00 9.0
10 1186 TOUCH PAUSE ENGAGE RSYS 01:09:06 Michael Stovin-Bradf 12:14:06 10.0
11 868 YANDOO XX RSYS 01:09:34 Jeanne-Claude Strong 12:14:34 11.0
12 1088 SUN TZU RSYS 01:09:41 Roger Hickman 12:14:41 12.0
13 874 TANGO RBYC 01:09:59 Chris Hampton 12:14:59 13.0
14 994 CREWS CONTROL CSC 01:10:08 Howard Blowes 12:15:08 14.0
15 885 THE BOAT THAT ROCKED RQYS 01:10:17 James Chilman 12:15:17 15.0
16 1306 THE HOLE WAY RPAYC 01:10:18 Cameron Miles 12:15:18 16.0
17 892 XXXX XXXXXXX RQYS 01:10:30 John Warlow 12:15:30 17.0
18 1276 REBOUND SYC 01:10:37 Scott McInally 12:15:37 18.0
19 1395 SHOULD'A GONE LEFT RBYC 01:10:42 Peter Coleman 12:15:42 19.0
20 1144 RAPSCALLION RQYS 01:10:50 David Healey 12:15:50 20.0
21 1318 ADOLESCENCE RSYS 01:10:57 Steve Billingham 12:15:57 21.0
22 883 TUSK RPYC 01:11:05 Cary Smith 12:16:05 22.0
23 1288 GOOD VIBES WSC 01:11:22 Robert Holm 12:16:22 23.0
24 1278 1278 HEAVEN CAN WAIT RQYS 01:11:29 Peter Hollis 12:16:29 24.0
25 1275 TREKKA CYCA 01:11:31 Mike Thackray 12:16:31 25.0
26 1347 FUNKY COLD MEDINA SYC 01:11:32 Kelvin Holdt 12:16:32 26.0
27 731 WHERES WALLY SYC 01:11:45 Greg Forgan-Smith 12:16:45 27.0
28 418 TUCO RQYS 01:12:01 Alistair Cowen 12:17:01 28.0
29 1025 WALK ON WATER RBYC 01:12:35 Glenn Norton 12:17:35 29.0
30 1365 JUNGLE DRUM RQYS 01:13:04 Stephen Toms 12:18:04 30.0


OD results Start : 12:59
Place Sail No Boat Name From Elapsd Skipper Fin Tim Score
1 1383 TRIAD RBYC 01:02:24 John Bertrand 14:01:24 1.0
2 864 GEN XY RQYS 01:02:52 Matthew Chew 14:01:52 2.0
3 1380 FIFTEEN+ CYCA 01:03:01 David Clark 14:02:01 3.0
4 1215 BOAT X RBYC 01:03:03 Noel Drennan 14:02:03 4.0
5 1325 IRIS III LMYC 01:03:23 Peter Mc Neill 14:02:23 5.0
6 1306 THE HOLE WAY RPAYC 01:03:26 Cameron Miles 14:02:26 6.0
7 1338 CRITICAL BALANCE LMYC 01:04:11 Paul Garaty 14:03:11 7.0
8 1392 BOOTROSS RQYS 01:04:16 Mark Bradford 14:03:16 8.0
9 1088 SUN TZU RSYS 01:04:22 Roger Hickman 14:03:22 9.0
10 885 THE BOAT THAT ROCKED RQYS 01:04:47 James Chilman 14:03:47 10.0
11 1377 ROULETTE RSYS 01:04:52 Mark Johnson 14:03:52 11.0
12 1144 RAPSCALLION RQYS 01:05:01 David Healey 14:04:01 12.0
13 874 TANGO RBYC 01:05:17 Chris Hampton 14:04:17 13.0
14 1278 1278 HEAVEN CAN WAIT RQYS 01:05:24 Peter Hollis 14:04:24 14.0
15 892 XXXX XXXXXXX RQYS 01:05:39 John Warlow 14:04:39 15.0
16 1276 REBOUND SYC 01:05:40 Scott McInally 14:04:40 16.0
17 994 CREWS CONTROL CSC 01:05:53 Howard Blowes 14:04:53 17.0
18 1318 ADOLESCENCE RSYS 01:06:05 Steve Billingham 14:05:05 18.0
19 1186 TOUCH PAUSE ENGAGE RSYS 01:06:14 Michael Stovin-Bradf 14:05:14 19.0
20 1347 FUNKY COLD MEDINA SYC 01:06:19 Kelvin Holdt 14:05:19 20.0
21 991 THE BOAT RBYC 01:06:22 Jake Gunther 14:05:22 21.0
22 1395 SHOULD'A GONE LEFT RBYC 01:06:30 Peter Coleman 14:05:30 22.0
23 1288 GOOD VIBES WSC 01:06:31 Robert Holm 14:05:31 23.0
24 868 YANDOO XX RSYS 01:06:39 Jeanne-Claude Strong 14:05:39 24.0
25 731 WHERES WALLY SYC 01:06:57 Greg Forgan-Smith 14:05:57 25.0
26 418 TUCO RQYS 01:07:17 Alistair Cowen 14:06:17 26.0
27 1365 JUNGLE DRUM RQYS 01:07:43 Stephen Toms 14:06:43 27.0
28 1275 TREKKA CYCA 01:08:32 Mike Thackray 14:07:32 28.0
DNC 883 TUSK RPYC   Cary Smith   31.0
DNC 1025 WALK ON WATER RBYC   Glenn Norton   31.0


Day three of the National Championship starts tomorrow at about 1100 hours.

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