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A tricky first day at the Australian OK Championships    
Mon, 31 Dec 2012

Having been kept ashore for the invitation race due to strong winds, today saw the International OK Dinghy Class on the water for the start of the 51st Australian Championships being hosted by Wangi RSL Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie.

In an easterly breeze of between five and eight knots PRO Tony Outteridge sent the fleet away on a clean start. It’s not hard to see why this body of water has produced some of Australia’s top sailors in the likes of Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. Negotiating not so subtle shifts of 10 to 20 degrees and breeze lines that seemingly were without rhyme or reason made for a frustrating first beat. That was not the case though for light wind specialists Bruce Ashton, Tim Davies and Peter Robinson who relished the conditions and found themselves leading at the top mark. On the reaches Mark Jackson also came into the fray with the same four changing places to the bottom mark. The chess game continued up the next work with Peter Robinson stealing the lead and holding the rest of the trailing pack at bay for the remainder of the race. At the end not more than 11 seconds separated the top three.

By race 2 the breeze had kicked up a notch or two to be in the eight to ten knot window. With the increased breeze though came more aggressive shifts. Negotiating the conditions best on this occasion was Mark Roberts, International OK President Andre Blasse and former national champion Mark Jackson. By the top mark these three had managed to open up a break on the following pack with Roberts rounding first with a healthy lead to Blasse and then Jackson. By the end of the triangle downwind flyer Mark Jackson was able to get past Roberts and Blasse to lead on the start of the second lap. By the top of the next upwind leg current Australian champion Mike Williams was chasing the leading pack with Peter Horne and local Mark Skelton not far behind. On the downwind run Andre Blasse and Mark Jackson were able to open up a 30 second break leaving Mark Roberts to battle with Mike Williams and Peter Horne with the three not more than a few boat lengths apart and regularly changing positions all the way to the bottom mark.

Up the last work Mark Jackson and Andre Blasse engaged in a battle with each trying to get the upper hand. At the end Blasse, with a bit more speed, was able to able to reel in Jackson and cross a mere two seconds in front. Just behind the second battle was just as intensive with Williams, Skelton, Horne and Roberts crossing tacks in the last 500 metres. Finally it was a very well sailed Peter Horne who managed to squeeze out the rest crossing the line in third with Skelton fourth followed by Williams and Roberts.

Series Results [One Design ET] up to Race 2

Place

Ties

Sail No

Boat Name

Skipper

From

Sers Score

Race 2

Race 1

1

 

AUS735

Invictus

M Jackson

xx

6.0

2.0

4.0

2

 

AUS739

Don't Poke the Bear

T Davies

WASC

9.0

7.0

2.0

3

1.0S

AUS729

Ironhide

A Blasse

Black Rock YC

10.0

1.0

9.0

4

3.0S

AUS733

Cracker

P Horne

Drummoyne SC

10.0

3.0

7.0

5

4.0S

AUS736

Agent Provocateur

M Skelton

WASC

10.0

4.0

6.0

6

 

AUS730

Time Machine

M Williams

Black Rock YC

10.0

5.0

5.0

7

 

AUS750

Broken Arrow

P Robinson

Drummoyne SC

11.0

10.0

1.0

8

6.0S

AUS747

Dingo

M Roberts

ASC

16.0

6.0

10.0

9

 

AUS748

ICE

P Yates

xx

16.0

8.0

8.0

10

 

AUS728

Bowfinger

B Ashton

Black Rock YC

17.0

14.0

Full results here

by Mark Roberts






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