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JJ Giltinan Trophy: Double abandonment for opening day + Replay Videos

'CST Composites - 2014 JJ Giltinan and Australian 18ft Skiff Nationals'    Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Sydney Harbour was plagued with light winds, major shifts in the breeze and the odd flash of lightening for the opening day of the JJ Giltinan Trophy.

The race was due to start at 4.00pm, local time, and that will also happen next Saturday as well, due to expected harbour traffic.

On other days racing will start at 2.00pm, local time.

Today the the first race started at 4.35pm after race four attempts. A 45 degree major wind swing during the race, caused Principal Race Officer, Gary Linacre to abandon the race and attempt a restart after 5.00pm. The breeze at the start of the first race was 7kts increasing to 17kts, and then dropped back to 7kts for the attempted second start. the race duration is approximately one hour.

The second attempt at starting the race got underway at 5.50pm Sydney time with the Black Flag flying at the start, and with the boats sailing on a course set for a 8kt NE breeze, with flashes of lightening over the city, contrasting against the grey skies.

Halfway up the first beat, it was New Zealand's C-Tech (Alex Vallings) who had a clear lead.



The pre-regatta favourite, Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) was buried in the second half of the fleet and had a lot of work ahead to climb back into the top ten.

At theMark 1, C-Tech led, by a small margin from Thurlow Fisher (Michael Coxon) and with Mojo (Chris Nicholson) in third place.

Surprisingly three new Zealand boats were in the top six C-Tech, Yamaha (4th) and Knight Frank (6th). Gotta Love It 7 rounded the first mark in 25th place.



At Mark 2 Michael Coxon in Thurlow Fisher caught Alex Vallings (C-Tech), with Mojo in third and Yamaha remaining in fourth.

At Mark 3 Thurlow Fisher retained the lead with Mojo sliding through to be second and with Yamaha third, and C-Tech sliding off to leeward and fourth place, with Kitchen Maker (Malcolm Page) in fifth. There was a 30 degree windshift on the bottom mark with the race officer indicating a few minutes later, that he would shorten the course at the next mark, in fading light and reducing breeze.

Halfway up the beat, Thurlow Fisher continued to lead with Olympic Gold Medalist, Malcolm Page, putting that experience to good use in light airs, pulling the Kitchen Maker up into second place. the wind continued to drop, with most of the leading five boats, having all crews off the trapeze and sitting inside and to leeward of the boats, with placings changing occurring each tack.

At 7.00pm local time PRO, Gary Linacre, signalled the abandonment signal. The race is expected to be re-sailed on the first layday.

JJ's Day 1 Part 3 :



JJ's Day 1 Part 4 :


by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz


  

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