Matt Coutts (NZL) sailing on Day 2 of the Sail Brisbane Regatta
Last Sunday, twenty year old Murrays Bay sailor Matt Coutts won the Laser of the Sail Brisbane International Regatta.
The event was sailed in testing conditions over four days out of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Morton Bay, Brisbane.
Sail Brisbane, the first leg of the Sail Down Under Series got underway on the first day racing from the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) at Manly. Entrants totaling 143 from seven countries, in complete regatta, raced on three separate courses to get in the first two races of the regatta.
Matt Coutts receives his Gold Medal from Sail Brisbane
Rigging in torrential rain it was uncertain to the sailors that they had arrived in Sunny Queensland. Eventually the clouds cleared to a consistent 12 knots from the north east.
The Laser fleets raced on the northern end of the bay with Internationals leading the way. Matias Del Solar from Chile and Matt Coutts from New Zealand share the winning positions from the two races and are now equal on three points. Javier Cebrian from Spain sits on eight points in 3rd position. Del Solar finished 25th in the Qingdao Olympics and Javier Hernandez (ESP) was 14th at the 2008 Olympics
Day Two of Sail Brisbane saw intense conditions with winds gusting to 29 knots for the SB3s on the Eastern course and up to 26 on both the Northern and Southern courses. The wind and sea conditions resulted in torn sails, broken masts, a cartwheeling Sabot, many 'Moreton Bay Choc Tops' but fortunately no broken bones. The gusty and oscillating conditions saw survival skills as sailors dealt with short sharp waves.
The Laser Standard, Radial and 4.7 fleets who raced at the Northern end of Waterloo Bay managed to brave the conditions. The top two places in the Standard changed with Matt Coutts of New Zealand leading after three wins yesterday. Of the two Olympians Matias Del Solar from Chile slipped into second with Spanish sailor Javier Hernandez just one point behind in third.
Coutts finished the regatta less consistently picking up his two discards in Races 7 and 8, before finishing strongly with a second and first placing in the final two races of the series.
1st Matt Coutts - New Zealand
2nd Matias Del Solar - Chile
3rd Javier Hernandez - Spain
Progressive Point Score After 2 results dropped
|Pl||Sail No||Yacht Name||Skipper||Total |
|1||192297||NZ -||Matt Coutts||12.00||1.00||2.00||1.00||1.00||1.00||3.00||1.00||2.00|
|2||7||CHI - Peugeot||Matias Del Solar||22.00||2.00||1.00||4.00||3.00||5.00||1.00||4.00||2.00|
|3||9||ESP -||Javier Hernandez||24.00||5.00||3.00||3.00||2.00||4.00||2.00||2.00||3.00|
|4||194927||FIN -||Fredrik Westman||33.00||7.00||4.00||2.00||3.00||2.00||4.00||6.00||5.00|
|5||192291||AUS - Obscessed/Whipped||Ryan Palk||41.00||5.00||8.00||8.00||6.00||3.00||1.00||7.00||3.00|
|6||188608||AUS - Sailing Scene||Joshua Chant||43.00||3.00||7.00||7.00||10.00||8.00||4.00||3.00||1.00|
|7||185364||AUS - Sea Express||Brendan Casey||51.00||4.00||6.00||5.00||5.00||5.00||7.00||11.00||8.00|
|8||192601||AUS - Mystic||Brad Taylor||52.00||6.00||9.00||4.00||6.00||10.00||5.00||5.00||7.00|
|9||193122||AUS -||Jared West||60.00||10.00||10.00||7.00||9.00||6.00||7.00||2.00||9.00|
|10||192290||AUS - McLovin||Klade Hauschildt||74.00||8.00||10.00||11.00||9.00||5.00||10.00||10.00||11.00|
|11||187901||AUS - Hamma||Ryan Stoddart||74.00||11.00||11.00||8.00||7.00||12.00||8.00||9.00||8.00|
|12||183009||AUS - Ultimate Velocity||Ashley Lloyd||84.00||9.00||11.00||12.00||13.00||9.00||12.00||8.00||10.00|
|13||188617||AUS - Phoenix||Mark Gleeson||91.00||12.00||12.00||11.00||9.00||13.00||10.00||11.00||13.00|
|14||184261||AUS - NB Laser Sales||Tom Burton||100.00||9.00||25.00||25.00||1.00||25.00||7.00||4.00||4.00|
|15||175289||AUS - Leaky Fridge||Andrew Ringwood||108.00||16.00||14.00||15.00||15.00||12.00||13.00||11.00||12.00|
|16||193137||AUS - VPF Blue||Daniel Blight||124.00||15.00||17.00||25.00||16.00||15.00||9.00||13.00||14.00|
|17||184061||JPN -||Satoshi Muromatsu||126.00||17.00||18.00||17.00||15.00||14.00||14.00||16.00||15.00|
|18||128654||AUS - Curare||Drew Hulton-Smith||137.00||18.00||19.00||25.00||18.00||13.00||14.00||14.00||16.00|
|19||181911||AUS - The Sting||Peter Conde||156.00||8.00||13.00||10.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00|
|20||177787||AUS - Mojo||Chris Connell||162.00||19.00||20.00||25.00||17.00||6.00||25.00||25.00||25.00|
|21||193127||AUS -||Luke Johnson||174.00||16.00||15.00||18.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00|
|22||186667||AUS - The Beast||Darren Gilbert||180.00||14.00||16.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00|
|23||TBA4||AUS -||Ryan Hannan||200.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00|
|23||TBA2||AUS -||Chris Caldecoat||200.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00||25.00|
|Printed - 11/30/2008 7:47:25 PM||'Regatta Mate' © TopDek|