Tight racing for the Sydney 38s in Geelong

With 2 bullets on the final day, Cinquante took overall honours - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013
Mixed results across the 10 entrants on the final day of the Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta, proving One Design racing is tight. Despite three bullets for the series, Phoenix were pipped in the final race by another local Geelong boat Cinquante and lost the overall win by a mere half a point. Yachting legend Lou Abrahams joined his team on Challenge today, who finished on equal points to Phoenix but came third overall on a countback.
Close finish for Clockwork, Cinquante and Challenge with Phoenix following in - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

During presentations, Victorian Chapter organiser for the 38s fleet, Rowan Simpson highlighted that the Corinthian crews were just too good over the weekend. The amateur crews of Cinquante and Phoenix dominated the top spots with Playground coming in third in the Corinthian division.
It was a light wind regatta for the fleet - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Ian Murray was pleased post race, 'We started the day, down in the doldrums because of yesterday's results, but we cleaned the hull this morning. We had good starts and Jake Newman (tactician) picked the breezes pretty well. A much better day with more constant breeze with a bit of strength in it, compared to yesterday's fluky conditions. Today we picked it alot better.'
Challenge and Phoenix finished on equal points - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Brenton Carnell (skipper of Phoenix) commented on the weekend's racing, 'It was a long day on the water, and we've not sailed the boat in 12 knots of breeze before, so trim settings were very different. We are still learning the boat, but it was fantastic racing.'
The fleet sets off in light breeze in Race one - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Sierra Chainsaw - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

It was a light wind regatta for the fleet - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Teri Dodds was again on the water to cover the event and shares these images.
Great to see Lou Abrahams on the water - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Mille Sabords skippered by Stephanie Howarth - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Winning crew of Cinquante - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013

Photo op for the crews of the ten entrants - Morris Finance Sydney 38 Short Course Regatta 2013
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