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Etchells Worlds 2012 - Magpie on form + Day 1 Video

by Tracey Johnstone on 21 Feb 2012
Magpie team in action on day one. Ingrid Abery http://www.ingridabery.com
Etchells Worlds 2012 - On day one of competition, the Aussie team of Graeme Taylor, Grant Simmer, and Steve Jarvin aboard Magpie, were back on form. Taylor finished fourth in race one and then a firm first in race two of the day to place first overall with five points.

Into second place overall with eight points came the Iron Lotus team led by Olympic gold medalist Tom King ably assisted by two other Olympians, David Edwards and Owen McMahon, and fourth man Ivan Wheen.

In third place overall on nine points was USA skipper and former Etchells World Champion, Vince Brun with his Australian Menace team of Michael Coxon, Harry Smith and Paul Westlake.

Taylor had his work cut out for him today. He was challenged by some brilliant sailing in the 74-boat international fleet.

In the first race he led the fleet at the first mark, but then slipped back as the breeze shifted and gradually built.

Clever tactics from team member and America’s Cup legend Simmer helped get Taylor back up to fourth on the finish line.

In race two Taylor took hold of the race and never let go. Brun was on his stern, but it took until the upwind finish for him to settle into second. If there had been another leg, down to the finish, the results may have been different.

After a poor showing in the recent Australian Championships, Taylor had his starts and time on distance beautifully controlled. It was then a case of reading the wind shifts, the strong set and the tactics of his closest competitors.

The first race was delayed due to problems with the start line boats anchoring in about 100 metres. Then were more problems 10 seconds out from the first gun. Another line was set and the competitors lined up again for a 180 degree, 2.3 mile beat in about 11 knots with a southerly current running at 1.5 knots.

The long start line was tricky with the low pressure and strong current. The PRO, Ross Wilson, warned the competitors to plan carefully their starts due to the conditions. It still wasn’t surprising that there was a general recall. With the black flag up for the next start the competitors then approached the line cautiously.

The fleet was finally away with a clear start. Many of the highly rated teams were sitting near the middle of the start line, near the signal boat. Taylor, after suffering from some poor starts in the Australian Championship, consciously stayed well behind the line.


At the top mark first time it was Taylor ahead of King, Bertrand and Brun. Then at the bottom mark and after the top ten or so had rounded, the sound of boats hitting each other and crews screaming could be heard clearly by the spectator craft.

Taylor explained his team performed well on the beat. 'Then Tom King and a few other guys got really deep down the run and gybed and got some good wind inside of us.'

He did loose going from first back to sixth letting in Jud Smith (Roulette), John Bertrand (Triad) and Alastair Gair (Velsheda). Smith kept the heat on leading around the bottom mark and then the top mark second time around.

'We managed to chip away back up the second beat getting back to fourth. There was lots of current out there. In terms of the pressure, we came out of the middle left both times and a couple of guys came out of the right,' Taylor said.

But the first prize of the championship went to Australian Murray Gordon’s Hydrotherapy. With an average age on board of 23 years, Gordon’s team made their way through Taylor, Smith and King with cunning.

On the final run Gordon’s team took distance out of Smith who then found himself unsuccessfully trying to keep King out of second place. Taylor also had a last mile down wind private battle with John Bertrand (Triad).

Into second was King who said he and his team struggled to get a handle on the current. 'There was crazy current out there all day. It made starting really challenging. We had cautious starts and came out clean both times. There was also some lucky calls on the shifts and excellent kite trimming by David Edwards.'

The fleet was then given a rest while the race committee set up a new start line. The upwind finish course was set at 180 degrees in the flicking 13 knots.

At the start four boats were OCS. One was James Howells who continued to sail the course and finish in third place. The others were Jake Gunther (The Boat), Peter Gardner (Vincero) and Philip O’Connor (J for Jig). The moral of this part of the story is that sailors need to remember to keep a listening ear on the competitors channel.

At the top mark first time, Taylor was in the lead ahead of Tonner-Joyce (Dawn Raid) and Peter Merrington (Odyssey). Taylor never let anyone in from then onwards.

Interestingly Smith chose to gybe away and then seemed to struggle get his kite set and boat speed up.

The breeze built to 15 knots and the swung left to about 160 degrees. By the top mark second time around Taylor held a boat length lead on Merrington, then came Brun, Howells, Tonner-Joyce and King.


King said on the second run he gybed and then over-stood the mark and just couldn’t get back. 'It was frustrating.' But for King the day was still a good one with the team placed in second overall.

For Taylor, in the second race and on the first beat, the left was definitely better. 'We led around the top and on the run. Then we gybed off and got the shift right, but lost the pressure. Billy (Peter Merrington) and Mark Tonner-Joyce got in front of us. And then we probably got a better lay line at the bottom and then got back in front of Mark. Then we managed to push to the left of everyone as the breeze started to march to the left. Billy let us get to the left of him.

'The last run was pretty easy as the shift and the current was sweeping us down,' Taylor said.

There are six protests to be heard tonight including one lodged by the British skipper, James Howells, seeking redress for his OCS in race two.

The line-up of the top ten placegetters makes for interesting reading. Four Etchells World Champions, an Olympic gold medalist, a winning maxi boat skipper and a couple of quiet achievers including skipper Matthew Chew who raced with Jason Muir and won the 2009 Etchells World Championship.







Etchells World Championships 2012

Day 1 Results

Place, Bow, Country, Sail No., Skipper, Race, Overall

1 47   AUS 947 Graeme Taylor 4 1               5
2 25   AUS 925 Tom King 2 6               8
3 27   USA 1227 Vincent Brun 7 2               9
4 70   AUS 875 Murray Gordon 1 15               16
5 56   AUS 1356 Michael Manford 15 4               19
6 06   AUS 1306 Cameron Miles 12 8               20
7 66   AUS 1377 Jud Smith 3 19               22
8 03   AUS 1383 John Bertrand 5 21               26
9 35   AUS 1358 Mark Richards 23 7               30
10 44   AUS 1244 Douglas McGain 8 22               30
11 64   AUS 864 Matthew Chew 21 11               32
12 31   AUS 831 Brett Ellis 20 12               32
13 61   AUS 1361 Mark Tonner-Joyce 29 5               34
14 38   AUS 1338 Mark Langford 22 13               35
15 10   NZL 950 Alastair Gair 6 30               36
16 69   HKG 1269 Mark Thornburrow 13 23               36
17 40   AUS 1254 Peter Merrington 34 3               37
18 15   AUS 1215 Noel Drennan 30 10               40
19 30   AUS 1347 Vaughan Prentice 10 34               44
20 33   HKG 1333 Ante Razmilovic 16 29               45
21 67   AUS 867 Tom Braidwood 19 28               47
22 08   AUS 876 David Clark 27 20               47
23 21   SIN 1021 Jervis Tilly 32 16               48
24 37   AUS 1337 Rupert Henry 36 18               54
25 52   AUS 1052 Chris Rabbidge 26 35               61
26 62   AUS 1362 Ross Lloyd 38 25               63
27 23   AUS 1392 David Rose 39 26               65
28 74   AUS 874 Chris Hampton 11 58               69
29 72   AUS 882 Brendon Jukes 52 17               69
30 36   AUS 936 Shane Deussen 17 52               69
31 24   AUS 924 Damien King 42 31               73
32 01   AUS 1401 Richard Hammond 14 60               74
33 20   AUS 1320 Dirk Van Der Struyf 47 27               74
34 57   AUS 1387 Mark Bulka 31 43               74
35 07   SUI 1187 James McHugh 62 14               76
36 26   AUS 1226 John Savage 44 33               77
37 32   AUS 1325 Peter McNeill 75 dnf 9               84
38 75   GBR 1331 James Howells 9 75 ocs               84
39 22   AUS 1192 Jamie Woods 61 24               85
40 49   BER 1249 Tim Patton 41 44               85
41 55   GBR 987 Robert Elliott 25 61               86
42 54   GBR 1354 David Franks 50 36               86
43 05   AUS 511 Gordon Hinds 45 41               86
44 39   BER 898 Mark Watson 24 66               90
45 18   USA 1198 Scott Kaufman 58 32               90
46 34   AUS 1134 David Seaton 43 47               90
47 12   AUS 1250 Matt Whitnall 46 45               91
48 63   AUS 963 Grantham Kitto 18 75 dnf               93
49 04   AUS 1384 Steve OÕRourke 56 37               93
50 65   AUS 1024 Guyon Wilson 54 39               93
51 02   AUS 1268 Robert Weir 51 42               93
52 53   AUS 1253 Mark Doyle 33 63               96
53 46   AUS 1346 Michael Bellingham 40 56               96
54 11   AUS 1311 Paul Henshall 35 62               97
55 16   AUS 1163 Mark Anderson 59 40               99
56 58   NZL 1058 John Melville 53 46               99
57 19   AUS 991 Jake Gunther 28 75 ocs               103
58 09   AUS 1399 Ian Crisp 55 48               103
59 14   AUS 1144 David Healey 68 38               106
60 60   UAE 1386 Jan Muysken 57 54               111
61 41   AUS 941 Phillip Coombs 37 75 ocs               112
62 29   AUS 892 Craig Coulsen 49 64               113
63 45   AUS 1385 Jason Ward 65 49               114
64 59   AUS 869 John Paul 63 51               114
65 51   ITA 1351 Marco Cimarosti 66 50               116
66 73   AUS 1273 Ed McCarthy 60 57               117
67 28   AUS 1288 Robert Holm 64 55               119
68 68   AUS 868 Jeanne-Claude Strong 48 75 dsq               123
69 17   AUS 1117 Ian Anderson 67 59               126
70 42   AUS 943 Burke Melia 75 dsq 53               128
71 71   AUS 1291 Don Wilson 69 65               134
72 43   AUS 1343 Peter Gardner 75 dnf 75 ocs               150
73 48   USA 1248 Leon Christianakis 75 dnc 75 dnc               150
74 50   AUS 1150 Bill Steele 75 dnc 75 dnc               150
* denotes Corinthian status

 

 



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