Australians lead M30 Worlds 2008

Race committees are often criticized for not running races in big breezes. PRO Peter Reggio sent the fleet up the bay today and managed to deliver two additional races in this World Championship.

The big breeze delivered a wild ride today in Newport as the fleet of M 30s battled to keep upright in steady 23 to 27 knot west-southwest winds. Reports of 30 knot gusts were affirmed throughout the day and boats that chose their fractional kites kept the most control. Teams choosing their masthead spinnakers were faster, but the speed was often costly resulting in multiple wipeouts on every downwind leg.

Jim Richardson’s Barking Mad proved once again they know how to handle the big breeze, posting finishes of 4th and 1st to take Boat of the Day honours.

Due to a collision which resulted in damage to Australian Lewis Perrin’s Superfly at the start of today’s second race, Mascalzone Latino retired from Race 8 and would appear to be out of the running for the title of this no throw-out event. The regatta now seems to be Australian Guy Stening’s to lose. Stening is sure to be covering Richardson and Barking Mad tomorrow.

M30 Worlds - Top ten boats after Eight Races:
108/ AUS 7151OptimumGuy Stening1139122726 
211/ USA 65Barking MadJim Richardson72611244(1)137 
305/ ITA 2121Mascalzone LatinoVincenzo Onorato3101131322/DNF44 
422/ USA 707Groovederci 706Deneen Demourkas56478610450 
523/ CAN 58MummyGeoff Brown291035813252 
615/ USA 35Groovederci 35John Demourkas145212938558 
701/ USA 691AdrenalinJeff Maludy1231461357666 
817/ USA 55IllusionJohn Podmajersky1189410791270 
931/ AUS 6100Southern SunBruce Eddington811175722/DNF1879 
1034/ USA 316Team BOLDNelson Stephenson16771412911985