McMillan and Howden move to 3rd at Aussie Tornados

Leigh McMillan (Helm) and Will Howden

Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby (AUS) posted another win and a third place to increase their lead by an incredible nine point margin on only the second day of the Tornado Asia Pacific Regatta being hosted by Somers Yacht Club on Westernport Bay.

The British crew of Leigh McMillan/Will Howden (GBR) moved into third place overall, obviously in their element in the stronger southerly winds which peaked at around 23 knots this afternoon.

Andrew Walsh and Edward Barney are the second placed British pair, now in 8th overall after a 12th and 9th. John Gimson and Stuart Bithell are in 11th and Tom Phipps and Marcus Lynch had the best GBR finish of the day, taking fifth in the final race to be 13th overall.

Only Mitch Booth and Pim Nieuwenhuis (NED) can claim beating the Australia pair, which they did in Race three of the series today, to be currently placed second overall in the series.

Glenn Asby (left) and Darren Bundock cleaned up today - Tornado Asia Pacific Races
In an unusual situation, the top three placed top three in both races today, just in a different order! 'In both races the lead was shared between us, Mitch and Leigh. The three of us battled it out for the top three places in both races,' Bundock said.

Bundock went on to say: 'The Spanish (world champs Fernando Echavarri and Anton Paz) pushed us hard in the first race, but we managed to push them out of third place and into fourth.'

Things got exciting in Race 4, when the Aussie duo only beat Booth and Nieuwenhuis over the line by a metre, such was the competition today.

'It was shifty and patchy, which is unusual for stronger winds. At one stage I said to Glenn ‘let’s get out of here’, because the racing was so close we couldn’t afford to take chances,' Bundock said.

Bad luck for the lone female skipper Carolijn Brouwer and her crew Seb Godefroid (BEL) today. The two enjoy the heavier conditions and were looking forward to both races.

'We were going really well in the first race, we rolled the Aussies and were up with Mitch Booth who was in second place, when our jib track broke, so we had to pull out and go back to the beach and fix it, which we did.

'We got back out for the second race, had great speed, but we overlaid a couple of marks, which cost us dearly. We finished seventh, so we will try harder tomorrow,' Brouwer said.

Brouwer also commented: 'This is the best sailing I have had for a while. I’ve been to sailing events around the world for years, but I am really enjoying the racing, the venue and particularly the hospitality that Somers Yacht Club has given us. They are so friendly and helpful. It’s a pretty special place with very special people.'

Racing at the Sail Melbourne event resumes tomorrow with two further races starting from 2.30pm.

Tornado - Positions after 4 races
1 AUS Darren Bundock Glenn Ashby 1 3 1 1 6pts
2 NED Mitch Booth Pim Nieuwenhuis 2 1 10 2 15
3 GBR Leigh Mc Millan Will Howden 3 2 7 10 22
4 RUS Andrey Kirilyuk Valeriy Ushkov 10 5 4 4 23
5 GER Tino Mittelmeier Niko Mittelmeier 11 9 2 3 25
6 ESP Fernando Echavarri Anton Paz 5 4 5 11 25
7 DEN Roland Gaebler Gunnar Struckmann 13 7 6 6 32
8 GBR Andrew Walsh Edward Barney 9 6 12 9 36
9 CAN Oskar Johansson Kevin Stittle 4 12 15 7 38
10 DEN Allan Norregaard Michael Risoer 6 15 8 18 47
11 GBR John Gimson Stuart Bithell 14 11 11 14 50
12 PUR Enrique Figueroa Jorge Hernandez 12 10 13 17 52
13 GBR Tom Phipps Marcus Lynch 16 14 19 5 54
14 BEL Carolijn Brouwer Sebbe Godefroid 7 33.00F 3 12 55
15 GRE Iordanis Paschalidis Konstantine Trigkoni 8 8 33.00O 8 57
16 RUS Sergey Dzhienbaev Maxim Semenov 15 13 9 20 57
17 BRA Bruno Di Bernardi Mario Tinoco 20 16 14 15 65
18 AUS Rohan Langworthy Jack Punch 17 17 17 22 73
19 AUS Damien Ford Mark Edmonds 23 19 20 13 75
20 AUS Brett Burvill Ryan Duffield 19 21 21 16 77
21 AUS Robbie Lovig Stuart Offer 18 18 22 25 83
22 AUS Allan Gamble Kim Nicholas 22 23 25 19 89
23 AUS Kevin Kay David Hart 33.00F 20 16 23 92
24 AUS Michael Vandenberg Ben Carroll 21 33.00F 18 27 99
25 AUS Paul Peterson Matt Thackray 33.00F 22 24 24 103
26 AUS Ron Stokes Alexander Bertrand 33.00C 33.00F 27 21 114
27 AUS Andrew Griffin Chris Tucker 33.00C 33.00F 23 26 115
28 AUS Andrew Heaney Lukas Muir 33.00C 33.00C 26 28 120
29 AUS Gwyn Cracknell Peter Togno 33.00C 33.00C 28 29 123
30 AUS Ian Simpson Gary Sawyer 33.00C 33.00C 29 30 125
31 AUS Martin Dunlop Dana Rathova 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 33.00C 132
31 AUS Paul Raymond Nicholas Raymond 33.00C 33.00F 33.00C 33.00C 132