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ZHIK 49er and FX National Championships at McCrae Yacht Club

'Steven Thomas and Rhys Mara let fly in their 49er. - 49er National Championships'    © Alex McKinnon

What a fleet! That’s all you can say when you take more than a cursory glance down the entrants list for the 49er and FX National Championships being staged on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Alex McKinnon was there to capture the action.

There are many an Olympic Medallist, World Champion and offspring of notable sailors out racing in the exciting 49er and 49er FX (Female) Olympic Classes.

James Sly and Sam Phillips approach the finish. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

There is Iain Jensen of London Gold fame with Nathan Outteridge in the 49er, sailing with Will Phillips. They have three bullets from three guns, so it is little wonder Will was so full of smiles when they came off the water. James Sly is sailing with Will’s brother, Sam and Peter Gilmour’s son, David is on the water with Nicholas Brownie and they are currently in second place. Also there are Sail Melbourne winners, Jasper ‘Fang’ Warren and Luke Parkinson, who hold third place.

Olivia Price and Alanna Clancy go down the mine in their FX. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

In the closely watched FX fleet you have 2012 Silver Medallist (Match Racing), Olivia Price, sailing with Alanna Clancy and 2008 Gold Gold Medallist (470), Tessa Parkinson sailing with Kate Lathouras. The latter lead with two wins and a second place so far, whilst the former is in third place. Holding second place, one point behind the leaders are Nathan’s sister, Haylee and crew, Alison Dale.

Singapore’s Kimberly Lim (2011 Opti World Champ) and Sara Tan. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

Two entries from Singapore include Cecilia Low and 2011 Optimist World Champion, Kimberly Lim.
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George Davies and Jack Lloyd weren’t the only ones to overlay the top mark. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

Peter Kendall and Bryce Waters gun in to the finish. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

Olivia Price and Alanna Clancy continue their submarine trip. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

James Sly and Sam Phillips at the start. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

And the boys (and girls) line up for the start of the second race. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

Sean O’Rourke and Edward Hackney go for flight under their yellow kite. - 49er National Championships -  © Alex McKinnon  

by John Curnow


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