Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - Tough

True Blue Racing through to quarter finals of Warren Jones

by Jordan Reece on 3 Feb 2012
true Blue Racing at the Warren Jones Regatta - warren Jones Regatta Jordan Reece
True Blue Racing (TBR) has finished second at the end of the round robin stage. after a long day on the Swan River on day 3 of the 2012 Warren Jones Regatta.

The day started out very slow for all the teams with no wind, meaning postponement ashore. It wasn’t till 2:15pm that the race committee was able to send the teams out on the water with True Blue Racing up against over night leader David Gilmour. The race didn’t go TBR’s way with an early penalty going to Reece, from there the team consolidated the pre-start to manage an even start but Gilmour slowly pulled away to take the win.

The second race of the day saw TBR up against local Sydney rival Jay Griffin. An early penalty on Griffin saw the pressure fall off TBR. A good close race saw Griffin lead for the majority of the race but TBR rolled Griffin within 50 metres of the finish to take the win.

The team then had two flights off before the local duel between club mates Reece and Chapman, in what turned out to be one of the most exciting matches of the round robin stage.

A close start saw Chapman to windward, a close upwind tacking duel saw the teams round within two boat lengths of each other with Chapman holding the lead. An early gybe out by Chapman allowed Reece a better run into the bottom mark and as they rounded the bottom mark Reece was less than a meter behind Chapman. With Chapman still holding the advantage TBR slipped back to about four lengths behind by half way up the second beat, but a good tactical call for the final half of the leg saw TBR gain with every tack. At the top mark Chapman dialed down True Blue Racing and managed to protect the right hand side.

With that Chapman rounded the top mark four seconds ahead but a great spinnaker set by True Blue Racing saw them in a good position to roll on the next gybe and that was exactly what they did. Chapman though, did a great job of staying in touch with Reece but with a obstruction on Reece’s bow and a call for water saw the tabled turn. A hard luff from Reece caught Chapman unaware and he failed to keep clear and was penalized. Reece was able to bear away and build speed quicker before crossing the line to take the win.

This saw True Blue Racing finish second after the round robin stages behind Gilmour.

'It was a really long day out there today, no breeze this morning then a good strong breeze this evening. We knew coming into the final match that we had secured a semi final berth if the race committee decided to skip the quarter finals but that didn’t dampen our efforts to win. We had a really good last race and it was great to come away with the win and finish second after the round robin stage. We have kind of battled our way through the round robin so I think we are looking for more consistant form heading into the knock out stages.' commented trimmer Arnau Farras-Knowles.

Tomorrow strong winds are expected with a cyclone sitting up north off Western Australia. However the race committee has decided to continue with the quarter finals.

David Gilmour chose to race eighth place Jay Griffin, True Blue Racing then chose seventh place Sam Gilmour for their quarter finals. Pete Nicholas chose Tristan Brown leaving fourth and fifth place Josh Junior and David Chapman for the final quarter final.

Racing will continue tomorrow at 9:30am with True Blue Racing up against Sam Gilmour, the quarter finals have been shortened from a best of five series to best of three.

Follow all the action live on the True Blue Racing website

True Blue Racing is a youth match racing team based out of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in Sydney, Australia. The team is currently in seek of a new sponsor for the 2012 season, if you are interested in supporting the team please visit the team's website
Wildwind 2016 660x82T Clewring J-classZhik ZKG 660x82

Related Articles

Chile’s Clemente Seguel wins Youth North American Championship
Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races. The wind didn't come in on Tuesday, leaving the results as they were after Monday: Chile's Clemente Seguel on top with four bullets in four races.
Posted today at 4:58 am
Kinetic V wins 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race
Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall. 2016 Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Kinetic V Wins Vic-Maui 2016, Valkyrie wins Line Honours and second overall, Longboard takes third overall.
Posted today at 4:08 am
TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis now offers 24/7 on-water assistance to boaters
Capt. Conrad Morris, knows what it is like to get stuck on a sandbar in Mississippi Sound. Capt. Conrad Morris, the new owner of TowBoatUS Bay St. Louis, a 24-hour on-water towing and assistance service for recreational boaters, knows what it is like to get stuck on a sandbar in Mississippi Sound. “It happened to me countless times when I was a kid,” he said. “Sometimes we had to spend the night waiting for the tide to come in – there weren’t any towing services around back then.”
Posted today at 3:23 am
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Azzurra strikes back
Azzurra delivered their best day of the season so far on the Bay of Palma waters where they won the World Champion title The team of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda scored two second places from the pair of windward-leeward races which were sailed in relatively steady sea breeze conditions. Super sharp starting was the launch pad for race victories today. Prime position on the pin mark of the start line at the gun was key to the wins of Bronenosec and Provezza.
Posted on 26 Jul
Registration open for Rally to the Cup 2017
It will provide dock space at the St. Georges Sports and Dinghy Club for the first 20 to 25 boats to sign up. It will provide dock space at the St. Georges Sports and Dinghy Club for the first 20 to 25 boats to sign up and a designated anchorage area (with launch service) or a berth along the wall in St. Georges for all others.
Posted on 26 Jul
New French leader on Day 3 of Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup
Breakfast time today saw some furious adding up to resolve the winning team in the high scoring offshore race Initially France Blue, overall leaders after day one, looked strong with their two big boats, Eric de Turkheim's A13, Teasing Machine, and the Prietz family's JND 39, GOA, in front. As boats started finishing the Flanders North Sea team edged ahead.
Posted on 26 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Sailing Week – Races 3 and 4 images
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races three and four Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races three and four
Posted on 26 Jul
Gstaad Yacht Club's Racing Team trio for Rio 2016
Pre-Olympic Brunch at the GYC clubhouse – members, guests and friends gave a Brazilian farewell to the GYC Racing Team. The Gstaad Yacht Clubs sport members are: the Nacra 17 team with Matías Bühler and Nathalie Brugger who qualified for Switzerland, the 470 sailor Will Ryan, who starts with his helmsman Matthew Belcher for Australia and Billy Besson, who starts in the Nacra 17 class too, together with his crew Marie Riou for France.
Posted on 26 Jul
Countdown to the Rio Olympics—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 26 Jul
J/111 Garmin World Championship less than a week away
Championship is less than a week away, fourteen teams from seven different countries will be taking part. Forming a truly international fleet, the teams come from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. Racing on tight Solent courses the fleet will enjoy a five day racing programme and a lively social schedule, organised at the Island Sailing Club in the heart of Cowes.
Posted on 26 Jul