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Etchells Nationals day 3 - John Bertrand's team dominates

by Tracey Johnstone on 14 Nov 2013
Etchells National Championship 2013, heading home after race 2 was postponed to the next day Michael Jennings
At the Australian Etchells Championship today, the Triad team of John Bertrand, Andrew Palfrey and Grant Simmer continued their dominance, winning their second consecutive race.


Under the management of Southport Yacht Club and on the waters offshore of the Gold Coast, Queensland, Day three of the championship was held in overcast, shifty conditions.

PRO Kevin Wilson started off trying to lay a course for about 340 degrees. The breeze then swung to 300, then 0 degrees before going right. Finally as the breeze seemed to settle at about 020, the race committee got the fleet away.

PRO Kevin Wilson then signaled a change of course as the breeze swung left back to 010 in eight to 12 knots.

Peter McNeill’s Iris III team went into today’s race with a comfortable set of results for the first four races – 6/1/1/5 – totalling 13 points. He had everything to gain and a lot to lose today as he looked at John Bertrand’s Triad team holding a strong overall lead and David Clark’s Fifteen team in second on 11 points, before any drops. It was going to be a day where mistakes were going to be costly

'We got a really good start down at the pin. It wasn’t very crowded down there. When we noticed there wasn’t going to be many boats around and we felt the wind might, probably, do a bit of a left, so the left hand side of the track would be a better side to be.

'We nailed the start and then headed right out, close to the lay line on the port hand side. John Bertrand started maybe mid-line. Apparently he got a really good start as well. Then he tacked before the lay line. We proceeded to spend a fair bit of time getting out to the mark on port tack.

'He came back at us right at the top mark. We had to tack to because he was on starboard, but we were on lay so we got around the mark first. He was pretty close to us.



'We were going down the run and we were hoping we would skip away from him, but he came back at us and just held us out on the starboard gybe. He overlayed the rounding mark so he could just get a nice angle and break the over-lap. Then it was a case of us getting our kite down too late, mainsail not coming and jib not coming on. He got in front of us.

'We then decided to focus on covering our third place boat which was Chewie (Matthew Chew). We had a good little tussle up the next beat to stay in front of him then and down the run,' McNeill said.

The first five across the line in today’s only race was Bertrand, McNeill, Chew, Clark and Cameron Miles’s The Hole Way.

Just after Race one was finished the breeze went around to the north and then went north-west with lightning and thunder over hinterland. Next it came out of about due west and died. The frustrated PRO said; 'we sat around with nothing for an hour and a half. I told them that if there was no breeze by 2.30pm, I would have them all heading home. Most of them were sitting at the breakwater ready to go home.'

At 2.30pm the Wilson called it quits for the day. Just as he was making the radio call to postpone Race six, Wilson said: 'Murphy came along. A nice little northerly started to fill in of about 10 or 11 knots.'

McNeill said the racing is not over yet with three races to go. 'He (Bertrand) is looking stronger by the minute with a win today. We need to get him to fall back a bit and get a few boats between us for the next couple of races. Hopefully that will happen so we can have a go at him on the last day.'

On the overall pointscore and with one drop, Bertrand leads with six points, McNeill is on nine, Clark is on 11, Chew is on 14 and in fifth is Miles on 17 points.

At mid-fleet, the Funky Gold Medina Gold Coast team of Kelvin Holdt, Matthew Percy and youth sailor Sophie Lahey had a great race today. 'We’re pretty happy with 14th. We have had a couple of really bad races so to come eighth around the top mark and in with Peter McNeill and Bertrand was pretty good. The difference today was we had a glamour start,' Holdt said.

OD results Start : 11:31
Place Sail No Boat Name From Elapsd Skipper Fin Tim Score
1 1383 TRIAD RBYC 01:09:43 John Bertrand 12:40:43 1.0
2 1325 IRIS III LMYC 01:10:30 Peter Mc Neill 12:41:30 2.0
3 864 GEN XY RQYS 01:10:41 Matthew Chew 12:41:41 3.0
4 1306 THE HOLE WAY RPAYC 01:11:03 Cameron Miles 12:42:03 4.0
5 1380 FIFTEEN+ CYCA 01:11:20 David Clark 12:42:20 5.0
6 991 THE BOAT RBYC 01:11:23 Jake Gunther 12:42:23 6.0
7 1377 ROULETTE RSYS 01:11:30 Mark Johnson 12:42:30 7.0
8 892 XXXX XXXXXXX RQYS 01:11:39 John Warlow 12:42:39 8.0
9 1088 SUN TZU RSYS 01:12:06 Roger Hickman 12:43:06 9.0
10 1395 SHOULD'A GONE LEFT RBYC 01:12:35 Peter Coleman 12:43:35 10.0
11 1144 RAPSCALLION RQYS 01:12:38 David Healey 12:43:38 11.0
12 868 YANDOO XX RSYS 01:12:46 Jeanne-Claude Strong 12:43:46 12.0
13 874 TANGO RBYC 01:12:49 Chris Hampton 12:43:49 13.0
14 1347 FUNKY COLD MEDINA SYC 01:12:52 Kelvin Holdt 12:43:52 14.0
15 1288 GOOD VIBES WSC 01:13:04 Robert Holm 12:44:04 15.0
16 1215 BOAT X RBYC 01:13:22 Noel Drennan 12:44:22 16.0
17 885 THE BOAT THAT ROCKED RQYS 01:13:35 James Chilman 12:44:35 17.0
18 1392 BOOTROSS RQYS 01:13:36 Mark Bradford 12:44:36 18.0
19 1338 CRITICAL BALANCE LMYC 01:13:37 Paul Garaty 12:44:37 19.0
20 994 CREWS CONTROL CSC 01:13:38 Howard Blowes 12:44:38 20.0
21 1278 1278 HEAVEN CAN WAIT RQYS 01:13:48 Peter Hollis 12:44:48 21.0
22 1318 ADOLESCENCE RSYS 01:13:59 Steve Billingham 12:44:59 22.0
23 1186 TOUCH PAUSE ENGAGE RSYS 01:14:12 Michael Stovin-Bradf 12:45:12 23.0
24 731 WHERES WALLY SYC 01:14:52 Greg Forgan-Smith 12:45:52 24.0
25 1276 REBOUND SYC 01:14:56 Scott McInally 12:45:56 25.0
26 1025 WALK ON WATER RBYC 01:15:01 Glenn Norton 12:46:01 26.0
27 418 TUCO RQYS 01:16:11 Alistair Cowen 12:47:11 27.0
28 1275 TREKKA CYCA 01:16:22 Mike Thackray 12:47:22 28.0
29 1365 JUNGLE DRUM RQYS 01:16:50 Stephen Toms 12:47:50 29.0
DNC 883 TUSK RPYC   Cary Smith   31.0


Two races have been scheduled for tomorrow with the Warning Signal at 1100 hours.
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