sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Festival of Sails - Action aplenty on day 3
Festival of Sails - Action aplenty on day 3

'Accru - 2013 Festival of Sails'    Andrea Francolini ©

Family ties proved too strong for defending Melges 24 champion Bandit, with a husband and wife duo aboard Accru claiming two wins from three races at the Festival of Sails today.

Accru skipper Kevin Nixon, his wife Glenda, along with their two children Bonnie and Daniel and niece Grace, have catapulted to pole position on 15 points with just one day’s racing remaining.


But, with formidable foe Northshore Marine also on 15 points, it’s going to be a sleepless night for the Nixon family.

'There’s some very good sailors on these boats, Olympians and national champions,’’ Nixon said this evening. 'It’s definitely great to come together as a family and be competitive.

'Tomorrow we’ve just got to keep our rig set up right and stay consistent, it’s going to be tough.'

The Parks Victoria Melges 24 National Championship fleet competed in relatively sheltered waters off Clifton Springs in Corio Bay’s outer harbor. Organisers, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, made the move in a bid to test the waters ahead of the Melges 24 worlds next year.

Northshore Marine skipper Chris Links said racing had taken a physical and mental toll on the sailors. He reckons tomorrow’s going to be a case of survival of the fittest.

Festival of Sails 2013 - Melges 24 -  Andrea Francolini_©  

'Some of us old guys are really struggling, but this is what it’s all about; the tougher teams pull through in the end,' he said.

'You need plenty of fitness, match fitness. There’s some big loads on the spinnakers down wind, so you’ve got be in shape.'

Links admits that he needs eyes in the back of his head, having to keep watch on both the Accru crew and Bandit, in third place with 17 points.

'We love the Bandits, but we’d love to see them not on top of the podium,’’ he said. 'They’re world class, and if one of us can beat them it really shows the calibre of the fleet, and I’d love it to be us.'

Bandit - 2013 Festival of Sails -  Andrea Francolini_©  

Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s Shaw 650 Monkey Business proved to be hometown heroes, taking the lead in the Bundaberg Rum Sports Boat series today.

Skipper Cam Rae steered his crew to their first win of the series, and two second places to take the lead from Foamfast, skippered by Paul Heyes.

Rae reckons a bit of home-water advantage came into play, along with the help of ideal racing conditions.

'Fifteen to 18 knots is fantastic for sports boats, we were doing up to 20 knots downwind,’’ he said.

With one day’s racing remaining Rae hopes that his team’s experience will prove too hard to beat.

'We’ve been sailing together now for five-plus years, we know each other and the boat really well,’’ he said. 'We just have to keep working really hard.'

Monkey Business leads on nine points; six points clear of Noel Leigh-Smith’s Vivace. Foamfast has dropped to third place on 16 points.

It was all about speed for the International A-Class fleet that reached more than 18 knots of boat speed downwind in the sheltered waters of Corio Bay today.

In a bid to make up for a day’s racing that was lost because of blustery conditions yesterday, racing started an hour early and the 20 competing sailors completed four grueling windward-leeward courses.

A - Class Catamarans - 2013 Festival of Sails -  Teri Dodds ©  

There were four winners, but it was consistency that proved key for divisional leader Stuart Scott who finished first, fourth, fifth and fourth with Livewire2 to take the lead with two races remaining.

Scott leads on 16 points, four points clear of second placed David Parker’s Demons New A which is tied with David Brewer’s Brew on 20 points.

In the Maui Jim SB20 Victorian Championship, Chris Dare’s Flirtatious continues to dominate.

Dare and his crew have won five of six races, and with one race drop coming into the mix he has a perfect score of five to lead the fleet by a six point margin.

Dare is regatta ready given he’s just come off the back of competing at the SB20 world championship at Hamilton Island last December.

Dean Joel’s A-Play is in second place with 11 points, having stolen a victory from Flirtatious in the final race of the day. Still Out of Control, skippered by Mark Wolfenden, is in third place on 12 points.

Full Results here


by Danielle McKay

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=105980

4:55 PM Sat 26 Jan 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


Related News Stories:

26 Jan 2013  Melges 24 Nationals Day 2 - Bandit's hard earned hat trick
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails - Local favourite closes gap
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails – Weed killer
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails 2013 - ASBA Sports Boats – No rest for the wicked
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails 2013 - Busy Sunday ahead
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails - Better late than never
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails - IRC Nationals 2013 – Racing tight at half-way mark
26 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails - Melbourne to Geelong passage race images
25 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails Day 2 - Boats capsize in challenging conditions
25 Jan 2013  Festival of Sails Day 2 - Action packed start
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World



































































International Moth Worlds: Rashley ahead as Aussies close in
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - American unbeatable on day 1
RS Feva World Championships - All set at Yacht Club de Carnac
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - Nominations now open
BIC Techno 293 Worlds - Steady winds on day 2 + Video
29er North American Open Championship - Qualifying series wraps up
Opening ceremony O'pen Bic World Cup, Travemunde Week, Germany
Six Metre Europeans - Wind fails to make an appearance on day 2
Edgartown Race Weekend - Let the sailing (and good times) begin
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Action commences July 23
International Moth Worlds - Mothballed on day 4 + Video
Spirits high as Team Alvimedica completes Transatlantic crossing
Gladwell's Line: A change of direction needed in the America's Cup *Feature
29er North American Championship - Day 1 in Kingston
Red Bull 49erFX: First look at the Olympic sailing venue at Rio
Fuerteventura Kiteboarding Grand Slam - Classic conditions on day 3
NYYC Race Week Part II images by Rolex/Daniel Forster
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 1
Six Metre European Championship - Blazing sunshine on opening day
National Sailing Hall of Fame to present Lifetime Achievement Award   
International Moth Worlds: Greenhalgh and Rashley tied at the top   
PWA Pozo World Cup - Fantastic finale determines winners   
Six Metre Class British Open Championship - Llanoria and Valhalla win   
Anna Tunnicliffe set to compete at the CrossFit Games   
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA holds foiling camp at Wangi SC   
Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi OR completes double Atlantic crossing   
Volvo Ocean Race: Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
International Moth Worlds: Three bullets in a row for Greenhalgh   
U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship - Sophia Reineke wins   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 0 Opening   
Fuerteventura World Cup - Slalom action highlights day 2   
2014 Governor's Cup - Sam Gilmour of RFBYC victorious again   
Farr 40 West Coast Champ - Skipper Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible   
Flying Dutchman World Championships - Magyars are the Masters   
Final day shakes up standings at Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek   
2014 -15 Volvo Ocean Race: Team Alvimedica pushing towards Southampton   
NYYC Race Week - Saving the best for last   
VX One North American Championship - Chris Alexander commands   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT