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Etchells Nationals - Triad team secures the 2013 title    
Fri, 15 Nov 2013

At the Etchells Nationals, the Triad team of John Bertrand, Andrew Palfrey and Grant Simmer have successfully secured the 2013 Australian title with one race to go.

Bertrand’s scorecard was impressive, but not unique. Across five other teams – Peter McNeill’s Iris III, Cameron Miles’s The Hole Way, David Clark’s Fifteen and Noel Drennan’s Boat X – each had good and poor results, like Bertrand. The difference was that Bertrand kept his eye on the prize, held his own under pressure, placed no worse than fourth in Race six in the series and had a superb crew.

'Sailing with Andrew Palfrey and Grant Simmer, for me, it’s just a dream. Those two guys are just so good, combining with myself. So little is said on the boat, or needs to be said. At one stage, in race two of today, the spinnaker halyard came undone, so the spinnaker was flying out and were about to run over it. Not one word was said. They just got the shute back up. It just kissed the water. We didn’t even discuss it. To sail with a team like that, where it is a little bit like an orchestra, where it just all happens and happens together, to me that is the essence of team work. I love that element of sailing,' Bertrand.

Bertrand was also effusive about the other competitors. 'The level of racing was so close. From my perspective, it was spectacular. We are talking about boat length and half boat length between one, two, three, four and five at the top mark and for a lot of cases at the bottom mark as well. The quality and finesse of the way in which these boats were being sailed this regatta was very, very impressive,' Bertrand said.

The Triad team will now sit on the sidelines and watch with interest the battle for second and third place which is between two previous Etchells class World Champions, McNeill and Miles.

Today was Miles’s turn to shine as he shook off the spectre of an OCS in Race three and pushed his way through the start line and around the course on a stunning sailing day with a steady eight to 10 knots.

'We have been wanting not to be back on the line. We have been working hard on our transits. I think we have been pretty comfortable with all of our starts except that one (Race three).

'We are going really well upwind and we are just smoking downwind, like really going well. We just have to keep that up,' Miles said. This team won the race just four seconds ahead of McNeill. In third place was Drennan, just eight seconds behind again. Bertrand was fourth in this race, his worst result for the regatta.

The second race today was when the nerves really started to show. The first start was a general recall. The second then got away cleanly in 10, gusting to 15 knots.

Bertrand covered Miles on the work to the finish, engaging Miles in a ferocious tacking duel to protect his 20-second lead. 'We had a chance to beat John. We should have gybed inside him. He was 15 boat lengths in front of us at the top mark and by three-quarters of the way down we were about a boat length behind him and on a wave. We should have gybed inside him and gone around the other mark, but we sort of didn’t do it,' Miles said.

Bertrand slam-dunked the fleet finishing in first place. Miles slipped into second place 14 seconds later. In third place was a great result for the Bootross team of Mark Bradford, Anthony Nossiter and Will McCarthy.

However, for McNeill who went into this race holding second place overall, he came out of it seventh. 'We went pretty well in the first race. That’s when we thought we sailed really well. There was nothing in it right to the finish with Milsey. He happened to surf the last wave in and got past us.

'In the second race we got a pretty good start, but we didn’t have the jump and we had a couple of technical issues at the top mark which didn’t allow us to have a very good kite set. I won’t go into too much detail about that. We didn’t get the first set right and the other guys got away from us,' McNeill said.

The top six overall results, after seven races and one drop, are Bertrand on 10 points, McNeill on 17, Miles on 20, Clark on equal 26 with Drennan, and Matthew Chew’s Gen XY on 27 points.

There is one race left to be run to complete the series. While the first place is decided, second and third places are up for grabs between McNeill and Miles.

'Tomorrow we just have to sail well,' Miles said. He chuckled at the suggestion that this evening’s distraction of a quick flight to Sydney for the night and a wedding would make a difference tomorrow. 'We have just got to get on the line again with a bit of speed, make sure we aren’t over and get some clear air so we can give ourselves a chance to win the race.

'I don’t think there is anything aggressive we can do with Peter (McNeill) as he is three points in front of us and we have a lot worse drop than he has. We just hope he gets bashed up a bit by someone else,' Miles said.

McNeill is taking quite a different approach to tomorrow. 'We’re just going to match race him off the course and then celebrate. We’ve worked out he has to finish third or better to beat us. There is still a chance. It’s not over yet,' McNeill said.


The final day of racing starts tomorrow at about 1100 hours.

OD results Start : 11:05
Place Sail No Boat Name From Elapsd Skipper Fin Tim Score
1 1306 THE HOLE WAY RPAYC 01:11:47 Cameron Miles 12:16:47 1.0
2 1325 IRIS III LMYC 01:11:51 Peter Mc Neill 12:16:51 2.0
3 1215 BOAT X RBYC 01:11:59 Noel Drennan 12:16:59 3.0
4 1383 TRIAD RBYC 01:12:13 John Bertrand 12:17:13 4.0
5 991 THE BOAT RBYC 01:12:18 Jake Gunther 12:17:18 5.0
6 874 TANGO RBYC 01:12:27 Chris Hampton 12:17:27 6.0
7 1392 BOOTROSS RQYS 01:12:39 Mark Bradford 12:17:39 7.0
8 1377 ROULETTE RSYS 01:12:58 Mark Johnson 12:17:58 8.0
9 1338 CRITICAL BALANCE LMYC 01:13:04 Paul Garaty 12:18:04 9.0
10 892 XXXX XXXXXXX RQYS 01:13:11 John Warlow 12:18:11 10.0
11 864 GEN XY RQYS 01:13:22 Matthew Chew 12:18:22 11.0
12 1380 FIFTEEN+ CYCA 01:13:25 David Clark 12:18:25 12.0
13 1088 SUN TZU RSYS 01:13:35 Roger Hickman 12:18:35 13.0
14 1318 ADOLESCENCE RSYS 01:13:53 Steve Billingham 12:18:53 14.0
15 1278 1278 HEAVEN CAN WAIT RQYS 01:13:54 Peter Hollis 12:18:54 15.0
16 1276 REBOUND SYC 01:14:01 Scott McInally 12:19:01 16.0
17 885 THE BOAT THAT ROCKED RQYS 01:14:05 James Chilman 12:19:05 17.0
18 1395 SHOULD'A GONE LEFT RBYC 01:14:06 Peter Coleman 12:19:06 18.0
19 1144 RAPSCALLION RQYS 01:14:07 David Healey 12:19:07 19.0
20 994 CREWS CONTROL CSC 01:14:22 Howard Blowes 12:19:22 20.0
21 868 YANDOO XX RSYS 01:14:36 Jeanne-Claude Strong 12:19:36 21.0
22 1186 TOUCH PAUSE ENGAGE RSYS 01:14:43 Michael Stovin-Bradf 12:19:43 22.0
23 1288 GOOD VIBES WSC 01:15:02 Robert Holm 12:20:02 23.0
24 1347 FUNKY COLD MEDINA SYC 01:15:07 Kelvin Holdt 12:20:07 24.0
25 418 TUCO RQYS 01:15:17 Alistair Cowen 12:20:17 25.0
26 731 WHERES WALLY SYC 01:15:45 Greg Forgan-Smith 12:20:45 26.0
27 1365 JUNGLE DRUM RQYS 01:15:57 Stephen Toms 12:20:57 27.0
28 1275 TREKKA CYCA 01:16:13 Mike Thackray 12:21:13 28.0
29 1025 WALK ON WATER RBYC 01:16:18 Glenn Norton 12:21:18 29.0
DNC 883 TUSK RPYC   Cary Smith   31.0


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