Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Buddy Melges Challenge - Aussie Match Racers continue to lead

by Craig Heydon on 25 Aug 2011
Souter and crew on day two in Sheboygan - Photo David Bronson - Buddy Melges Challenge 2011 . ..
Australia’s Women’s Match Racers have continued their great start to the Buddy Melges Challenge with race wins all around on day two of racing in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Katie Spithill continue to lead the way and are so far undefeated, winning all 11 races they have contested, while fellow Australians Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty are hot on their heels with nine wins and two losses.


Souter, who won this event in 2010, has recently teamed up with Eastwell and Spithill with the trio’s results so far in Wisconsin showing they have gelled well as a crew.

'Today was another great day for us in a variety of conditions,' said Souter. 'In the morning we had so much fog we couldn’t see the course but that cleared quickly and we started the day off with four wins out of four races. 'We had a close and exciting race with the Chinese team resulting in them getting two penalties on the final downwind run,' she said. 'We then had a break and raced three races in the afternoon with the breeze increasing with some gusts reaching 25knots.

'In the afternoon we dominated the starts and lead every leg in every race scoring another three wins out of three races and are now undefeated after day two with 11 wins. 'We’re looking forward to racing tomorrow, especially against the two American crews of Anna Tunnicliffe and Genny Tulloch,' said Souter.

Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty also had a strong day on the water, picking up another four wins with just a single loss on day two. 'Today's conditions were really volatile, meaning that big leads were hard to defend,' said Price.

'We had five races this afternoon, with one loss to American Genny Tulloch, bringing our overall scorecard to nine wins and two losses. 'We had a very exciting race against Anna Tunnicliffe of the US, where we were trailing by quite a way until we got in touch with her up the second work,' she said.

'Down the final run we forced three separate penalties on her for luffing, gybing too close and then breaking proper course restrictions, which enabled us to take the race win. It was a long day on the water in very hot and dry weather, but we’re looking forward to another full day tomorrow where we’ll finish the round robin and then start the quarter finals in the afternoon.'

The Buddy Melges Challenge runs until Saturday 27 August.

More information on the Australian Women’s Match Racing Team here

Barz Optics - Kids rangeSouthern Spars - 100Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

All to do on final day of Extreme Sailing Series for Team Oman Air
Points proved elusive for Team Oman Air on the third day of racing in Sydney as the Act 8 leaderboard was rejigged ahead Points proved elusive for Team Oman Air on the third day of racing in Sydney as the Act 8 leaderboard was dramatically rejigged ahead of the crucial final day of the 2016 Extreme Sailing Series.
Posted today at 8:42 am
Meet the 2017-18 Crew - Daniel Clifton
NSW, Australia, Computer Operator Daniel Clifton never dreamed he would one day be a part of the Clipper Race. Growing up in the country in Forbes, NSW, Australia, Computer Operator Daniel Clifton never dreamed he would one day be a part of the Clipper Race.
Posted today at 8:06 am
2016-17 SORC Islands in the Stream Series standings
After two races, the SORC Islands in the Stream Series is still anyone’s to win. After two races, the SORC Islands in the Stream Series is still anyone’s to win. Unlike last year, when Stephen Murray’s Decision stormed out to win the first two races en route to winning the inaugural series, five different boats have both a first-place finish and a DNS.
Posted today at 5:44 am
Vendee Globe - Nandor Fa remembers some of the old days
The wind had increased and turned but not continuously. At night there was big drop in wind speed then it came back soon The wind had increased and turned, but not continuously. At night there was a big drop in wind speed, then it came back soon. I saw on the AIS that Stéphane’s speed went down to seven knots. I started worrying about him, then I met the reason too: there was a massive fog - just as if we were sailing by Ireland. I could see only 50 metres, which means one and a half waves.
Posted today at 5:23 am
Aon Youth Sailing Worlds - One door closes, another one opens
When Aon Youth Sailing Worlds gets underway there will be a new class and a new opportunity for the young sailors When the 2016 Aon Youth Sailing World Championships gets underway there will be a new class and a new opportunity for the young sailors to prove themselves in.
Posted today at 4:46 am
World Sailing Cup Final - Live video coverage from Melbourne - Day 1
The Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The Medal Races on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December will draw the 2016 Sailing World Cup Melbourne Final to a close. The deciding races will be streamed live on World Sailing TV on YouTube. Coverage started at midday local time or 0100UTC
Posted today at 2:09 am
Vendée Globe – Thomson and Le Cleac'h cross Tasman Sea
Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as low moves east with them. Weather files suggest it will be Saturday evening before they are into better conditions as the low moves east with them.
Posted on 9 Dec
RORC Transatlantic Race – Day 14 – Aragon watches the clock
Aragon crew are a blend of family, friends and professional sailors and the youngest sailor was at the helm of Aragon. The crew of Aragon are a blend of family, friends and professional sailors and the youngest sailor, Anna Van Nieuwland was at the helm of Aragon as the team crossed the line.
Posted on 9 Dec
52 Super Series – Great strides towards sustainability
The 2016 season represents the second complete year in partnership with sustainability sponsor 11th Hour Racing. The 2016 season represents the second complete year in partnership with sustainability sponsor 11th Hour Racing.
Posted on 9 Dec
Strong winds continue on Day 4 of Sailing World Cup Melbourne
Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall. Matt Wearn enjoyed the strong winds today, winning both races in the Laser fleet. Wearn is currently leading overall, three points ahead of Cypriot Pavlos Kontides. Rio Silver medallist, Tonci Stipanovic finished second in both today’s races and is currently lying third overall, while Australia’s Tom Burton is in fourth overall. Burton scored a 12 and a five in today’s two races.
Posted on 9 Dec