by Craig Heydon
Australia’s Women’s Match Racers have continued their great start to the Buddy Melges Challenge with race wins all around on day two of racing in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Souter and crew on day two in Sheboygan - Photo David Bronson - Buddy Melges Challenge 2011
Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Katie Spithill continue to lead the way and are so far undefeated, winning all 11 races they have contested, while fellow Australians Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty are hot on their heels with nine wins and two losses.
Souter, who won this event in 2010, has recently teamed up with Eastwell and Spithill with the trio’s results so far in Wisconsin showing they have gelled well as a crew.
'Today was another great day for us in a variety of conditions,' said Souter. 'In the morning we had so much fog we couldn’t see the course but that cleared quickly and we started the day off with four wins out of four races. 'We had a close and exciting race with the Chinese team resulting in them getting two penalties on the final downwind run,' she said. 'We then had a break and raced three races in the afternoon with the breeze increasing with some gusts reaching 25knots.
'In the afternoon we dominated the starts and lead every leg in every race scoring another three wins out of three races and are now undefeated after day two with 11 wins. 'We’re looking forward to racing tomorrow, especially against the two American crews of Anna Tunnicliffe and Genny Tulloch,' said Souter.
Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty also had a strong day on the water, picking up another four wins with just a single loss on day two. 'Today's conditions were really volatile, meaning that big leads were hard to defend,' said Price.
Price, Curtis and Whitty racing in Sheboygan - Photo David Bronson - Buddy Melges Challenge 2011
'We had five races this afternoon, with one loss to American Genny Tulloch, bringing our overall scorecard to nine wins and two losses. 'We had a very exciting race against Anna Tunnicliffe of the US, where we were trailing by quite a way until we got in touch with her up the second work,' she said.
'Down the final run we forced three separate penalties on her for luffing, gybing too close and then breaking proper course restrictions, which enabled us to take the race win. It was a long day on the water in very hot and dry weather, but we’re looking forward to another full day tomorrow where we’ll finish the round robin and then start the quarter finals in the afternoon.'
The Buddy Melges Challenge runs until Saturday 27 August.
More information on the Australian Women’s Match Racing Team here