by Jane Moffat on 31 Dec 2013
Tristan Brown current leader in the Radial fleet Guido Brandt
With two races scheduled for each fleet, race officers Ross Wilson and Peter Merritt were keen to get away on time so everybody was back on shore in good time to make the most of New Years Eve.
The Westerly enabled courses to be laid much closer to the beach than the last two days so spectators made the most of it relaxing on the deck with a view over the courses.
World Champion Tristan Brown (WA) is the only radial consistently placing in the top five in either fleet. This show in the results as he is at the top of the table on seven points, with nearest rival Manami Doi (JPN) a long way back on 19 points. Brown commented 'the conditions are tricky and you can easily find yourself in a hole'.
The results in the radial fleet have been consistently inconsistent with score lines displaying a wide range of results. 'Strong breezes would provide more consistent results but the tricky conditions are taking its toll' Brown remarked.
With the first discard now coming into play many sailors will need to consolidate their results to ensure a shot at a top ten place once the finals fleets are decided at the end of day four.