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ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship day 2 - A testing time

by ADCO Etchells Australasian Winters media on 9 Jun 2012
Matthew Chew (Gen X Y). ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship Etchells Australasian Winter Media http://www.mooetchells.yachting.org.au/
On day 2 of the ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship competitors were presented conditions similar to those of yesterday, with the effects of the recent East Coast low still evident.

The Race Committee set the off shore course at 170, with 1.8 nautical mile leg lengths under threatening clouds and in a confused seaway.

The Start boat was positioned just on the outer edge of the Inner Gneering shoals where two currents meet, testing the sailors skills in the short chop.

The fleet went into sequence for the first start of the day. With a solid rain squall to the north of the course and sun shining through the clouds, racing commenced for race 3 of the series.

It was a clean start. Graeme Taylor (Magpie) started midline while the rest of the top contenders started down the line, around mid pin.

Three quarters of the way up the first beat Taylor led World Champion Tom King (Iron Lotus). Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) was coming in from the right and looking good. He crossed King handsomely by at least three and a half lengths.

While the sun shone over Mooloolaba, there were storm cells to south and north of the course and the breeze, although approximately 15 knots, was moving around quite markedly.

It was close at the top mark. Taylor rounded ahead of Thornburrow, with current series leader Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) moving up into third ahead of King. Peter McNeill (Iris 111) was next, followed by David Healey (Rapscallion), David Rose (This Will Make Her Scream), Roger Hickman (Sun Tzu), Grant Chipperfield (Dark Joker) and Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990).

The breeze continued to build, hitting 20 knots as the fleet reached the top mark for the second time.

In rain and wild conditions Taylor rounded first, ahead of second placed Thornburrow with Chew further back in third and McNeill fourth.

As they headed towards the finish, surfing skills came into play.


Magpie, with keen surfer Ben Morrison-Jack as her bowman, extended down the run doubling their lead to some twenty lengths on the fleet.

Graeme Taylor and his crew surfed away to take the win. Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) was second while Peter McNeill Iris 111) made up considerable ground to cross in third. Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) was fourth, Tom King fifth, followed by Jean-Claude Strong (Yandoo XX), Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990), Philip Coombs (J for Jig), Mark Bulka (Perfect Balance) and David Turton (Harold Holt).

Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) retained his overall lead at the 2012 ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. Graeme Taylor (Magpie) was three points behind, tied with Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) but leading on count back.

Mark Johnson (Roulette) and local Mooloolaba Fleet Captain Trevor Martin (Butterfly Effect) retired from race 3, Johnson having broken his carbon tiller extension, when he fell in a tack.

However both skippers lined up for race 4 of the series.

As the fleet went into sequence, both the breeze and sea state were building.

The wind was averaging 22 knots but heading towards 25 and the seaway, although increasing, was from the south and more consistent. Blue sky was appearing as the Race Committee signalled Course 1 with 2.5 nautical mile leg lengths, finishing upwind off Point Cartwright.

On the pin Peter McNeill (Iris 111) got away well, as did David Clark (Dawn Raid) and Graeme Alexander (Smile N Wave). Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) was best placed, fourth up from the pin, high and fast.

Tom King (Iron Lotus) was squeezed out on the line and had to go around. As a result he was badly buried at the back of the fleet. King was seen crossing the sterns of the entire fleet.

Boats were launching off waves as the seas again became lumpy and the wind further increased.

By the top mark Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990) had moved into the lead, ahead of McNeill with Thornburrow third. Chew rounded fourth, then Mark Bulka (Perfect Balance) ahead of Clark and Dean Blatchford (Echo Beach). Race 3 winner Graeme Taylor (Magpie) was back in 13th.

Former Class president Noel Paterson (Waterloo Bay) hit the mark after coming in from port, stalled he could not penetrate the starboard lay line wall for aeons then had to complete his circles. The error cost him dearly and he dropped around 20 places.

Tom King was buried deep in the fleet. However Colin Beashel (North Star) was even further back.

As fleet reached the top mark for the second time, McNeill held a comfortable lead over Thornburrow and Chew. Clark was fourth round, Hampton next with Blatchford and Mark Johnson (Roulette) following. Taylor was 12th, with Tom King outside the top twenty.


By this time Mark Sanders (Rebound) and Todd Trevillion (3 Gone Missing) had retired from race 4.

A big squall went round the fleet and up to the north side. McNeill was caught on the wrong side of the squall, got out of phase and lost his lead.

Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) crossed the line first, followed by Matthew Chew (Gen X Y ), with McNeill managing to hang onto third.

Thornburrow commented ‘We had two good races today. It was very tough - windy, but our boat handing was good with no mistakes and we went right way.

'We'd expect 25 knots, like it was at the end of today. We are enjoying it but it’s a bit cold.’

Peter McNeill said 'We're Grand Masters and it was a tough sea and pretty bumpy. We were going quite well and we had some good speed downwind, but lost the lead in last lap.

'Mark and Chewy went right from the bottom mark. We thought left would work on the last beat but it did not, so that did not do us any favours.

'But being an old Pittwater boy, I do not mind the chop at all.'

David Clark (Dawn Raid) was fourth, Christopher Hampton (Tango 1990) fifth, Mark Johnson (Roulette) sixth, with Jake Gunther (The Boat), Graeme Taylor (Magpie) and a fast finishing Tom King (Iron Lotus) next.

Dockside Tom King said 'It was not our day. Getting closed out at the pin in the last race was not pretty.

'Matt Chew has been working hardest and it shows.

'Good rides and good racing - that's what we came for!'

Graeme Taylor explained his 'loss of form' in race 4.

'We had two sailing gloves in our pump in the race 4. We did the whole second beat with MJ (Ben Morrison-Jack) in the boat bailing, because we were sinking.

'We did the whole second run with 'Mothie' (Steve Jarvin) having the pump in bits. So we were two up and amazed to finish eighth actually.'

With a 4, 2 result today Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) and crew, Ashley Deeks, Brian Donovan and Paul Wyatt, retain the lead at the 2012 ADCO Etchells Australasian Winter Championship. They are two points ahead of Hong Kong sailor Mark Thornburrow (Racer X) with Graeme (GT) Taylor (Magpie) third.

Matthew Chew (Gen X Y) said dockside 'It was pretty windy and waves were choppy. We had good boat handling and that helped.

‘We were getting good starts midline, conservatively going the favoured way and it worked out well for us.

'We are just going to hold on harder if it gets windier.

‘We are leading but we are here to race, so bring it on!’

Racing concludes tomorrow, Sunday 10 June, with two races scheduled to complete the series. The first warning signal will sound no earlier than 10am.



 

Mooloolaba Etchells Fleet Inc.
ADCO Australasian Winter Championship 2012
7th June  to  10th June 2012
All Boats
Series Summary

Pl B# Crew From 1 2 3 4 Tot
1 17 Matthew Chew, Ashley Deeks, Brian Donavan & Paul Wyatt Brisbane 4 1 4 2 11
2 11 Mark Thornburrow, Simon Cooke, Sam Sakai & Bucky Smith Hong Kong 6 4 2 1 13
3 33 Graeme Taylor, Steve Jarvin & Ben Morrison-Jack Mornington 1 10 1 8 20
4 20 Peter McNeill, Simon Reffold & David Gleadhill Lake Macquarie 8 9 3 3 23
5 27 Mark Bulka, James Arnold & Steve Young Melbourne 2 3 9 11 25
6 10 Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen & Owen McMahon Sydney 3 8 5 9 25
7 12 Colin Beashel, Richard Allanson & Garry Gudmunson Sydney 5 2 14 13 34
8 06 Christopher Hampton, Matthew Johns & Sam Haines Melbourne 17 6 7 5 35
9 24 Jeanne-Claude Strong, Tiana Wittey, Neville Wittey & Marcus Burke Sydney 7 7 6 24 44
10 09 David Clark, John Collingwood & Andrew Smith Melbourne 14 17 11 4 46
11 15 Ross Lloyd, Matthew Turner & Peter Williams Melbourne 11 12 13 12 48
12 34 Jake Gunther, Tony McPhail & Stuart Skeggs Melbourne 12 18 16 7 53
13 16 Philip Coombs, Stuart Schafer & David Eickmeyer Melbourne 15 13 8 19 55
14 02 Mark Johnson, Christian Brook & Nikolas Burfoot Sydney 9 5 40\DNF 6 60
15 03 Roger Hickman, Kate Besley, Daniel Williams & Daniel Morrow Sydney 13 21 15 20 69
16 23 Graeme Alexander, Errol Candy & Chris Jackson Mornimgton 21 11 20 18 70
17 21 Dean Blatchford, Greg Torpy & Keith Jensen Lake Macquarie 20 20 24 10 74
18 05 Dirk Van Der Struyf, Graeme Johnson & Richard Rowell Swan River 25 14 21 15 75
19 13 John Warlow, Craig Alcock & Bradley Ginniven Brisbane 26 19 19 14 78
20 37 James Chilman, Stephen Girdis & Gary Van Lunteren Brisbane 10 22 22 26 80
21 29 David Turton, David Biggar & Shayne Farnell Mooloolaba 31 16 10 28 85
22 28 Noel Paterson, Sarah Board, Mark Buchbach & Hamish Crossan Brisbane 18 23 25 25 91
23 04 Peter Coleman, Iain Gartley & Wayne Dixon Melbourne 28 27 23 17 95
24 08 David Healey, James Hallam, Timothy Robba & Jennifer Skeahan Brisbane 27 30 17 22 96
25 39 Gary Smith, Michael McAullay & Andrew McAullay Swan River 16 15 26 40\DNF 97
26 22 David Rose, Josh Torpy & Edward Cowan Brisbane 40\DNF 24 12 23 99
27 14 Ian Anderson, Joshua Willis & Robin Braender Swan River 23 29 33 16 101
28 01 Michael Stovin-Bradford, Andrew Gordon & Keith Short Sydney 30 25 18 29 102
29 31 Paul Minter, Glen Thomson & John Minter Cronulla 24 33 27 21 105
30 25 Trevor Martin, Paul Braithwaite & Darrell Civic Mooloolaba 22 31 30 27 110
31 35 Mark Sanders, James Howarth & Scott McInally Gold Coast 19 26 29 40\DNF 114
32 18 Jack Ellis, David Buckland & Luke Cable Melbourne 33 34 31 32 130
33 30 Gregory Forgan-Smith, Bruce Pitt, Ludvig Bengtsson & Stuart Lorimer Gold Coast 32 28 32 40\DNC 132
34 36 Grant Chipperfield, Fenge Shave & Ross Wade Melbourne 40\DNF 40\DNC 28 30 138
35 38 Hayes Michael, James Dagge & Liam Hayes Brisbane 35 36 37 31 139
36 26 Todd Trevillion, Roger Gain & David Ritchard Sydney 29 32 40\DNF 40\DNF 141
37 32 Stephen Toms, David Smith & Patrick Largier Brisbane 34 35 34 40\DNF 143
38 07 Mal Blom, Toby Abbot & Iain Davidson Melbourne 40\DNF 40\DNC 35 40\DNF 155
39 19 Glenn Norton, Brett Heath, Peter Rattray & Richard Hodgson Melbourne 40\DNF 40\DNC 36 40\DNF 156


Event website http://www.mooetchells.yachting.org.au/

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