by Rod Carter
The 150 strong fleet of the Combined High Schools Championship have seen light conditions so far with 8-13knt breezes. This has allowed the skiffs dominate results after Race 3 of the event.
Start of Division 1 in Race 2 - 2013 SLAM Combined High Schools Championship
Overnight leader after Race 2, Jim Colley (Barrenjoey High School) sailing their 13ft Skiff 'Sheads' were OCS in Race 3, after failing to re-round the end of the start line. This has enabled Henry Makin and his crew (Avondale College) sailing their 16ft Skiff ‘Aristocrat’ to now extend a small margin on the chasing fleet. Brooke Smith (Avondale College) sailing a 49er ‘Pure Blonde’ is currently in second position and local sailor Jarrod Turner (Belmont High School) is in third in his 16ft Skiff 'TJS'.
Race Organiser were forced to postpone racing today as the expected change of a low pressure system off the coast whipped up strong winds and gusts of over 30knts were recorded before the start of Race 4. Conditions are expected to remain strong for the final days racing. This could see the leading skiffs struggle to maintain their advantage in the results.
Some of the Panel members at the Dinner Q & A night - 2013 SLAM Combined High Schools Championship
Off the water, last night Race Organisers held a dinner and Q&A time with guest speakers Liesl Tesch (London Paralympics Gold Medallist), Lindsay Stead (AC boat builder), James Burman (Laser Sailor) and Karyn Gojnich (Director - Yachting Australia). The evening was hosted by Nix from the radio show ‘Sailing Chix with Nix.' Competitors got to hear some inspiring and motivating stories from the presenters and even had an opportunity to have a look and photo with Liesl’s Gold Medal.
Multihull Division in perfect autumn sailing conditions - 2013 SLAM Combined High Schools Championship
Current Leader 'Aristocrat' sailed by Henry Makin, Grant Makin & Vardon Robson - 2013 SLAM Combined High Schools Championship
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