Melges 32 Australian Championships - Day 1 blown out

Melges 32 Australian Championships 2012
Tracey Walters
Competitors spent this morning studying strong wind warnings on weather sites hopeful the forecast would change for day one of the 2013 Melges 32 Australian Championships. At eleven o'clock Class President Kim Williams, PRO Steve Tucker and MHYC Vice Commodore Racing Phil Clinton headed out to the harbour to assess the racecourse.

After a one hour postponement where crews mingled and worked on boats a skippers meeting was called at the Sandbar, the wind continuing to increase as skippers conferred. The damaging wind warning of south westerly winds thirty to forty knots sealed the decision and racing was abandoned for Friday.

Greg Prescott '2 Unlimited' commented when asked how this would affect their Championships 'It doesn't, we’re looking forward to racing but it’s not worth risking breakages on day one of the regatta. Saturdays forecast looks better and we can get the two missed races in over the weekend.'

The afternoon was not wasted with owners bringing forward the Australian fleet AGM scheduled for Saturday morning.

Saturdays forecast is southerly winds nineteen to twenty two knots racing starting an hour earlier, competitors are fully prepared and keen to hit the line for some exciting racing.

Results:

Updated:  18/04/2013  13:21:34

Start : 13:05

Sail No

Boat Name

First Name

Last Name

From

AUS216

2 Unlimited

Greg

Prescott

 

AUS183

Breezin

Brad

Sewell

 

AUS221

Easy Tiger III

Chris

Way

RPAYC

AUS138

Envy Scooters

Barry

Cuneo

RQYS

AUS582

IF

Martin

Cross

RPAYC

AUS158

Max Star

Angus

Ried

 

AUS070

Panther

Stephen

O'Rourke

 

AUS3232

Rock 'N' Roll

Kym

Williams

 

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