Racing has just concluded on the fourth day of the 2011 Toyota Optimist Nationals, and with all to sail for, the top sailors could afford, and made no mistakes. Series favourite Markus Sommerville sailing for the host Club, Wakatere, strung together two wins and a third to move up three places on the leaderboard.
Series leader Leonard Takahashi-Fry sailing for nearby Murray's Bay Sailing Club was also very consistent, finishing with two seconds and a third for the day, to consolidate his lead.
In the top five overall it was a similar story - no flashy sailing, but no mistakes either. With many carrying indiscretions from the earlier races in the regatta, consistency was the best strategy.
Sailing once more in a moderate sea breeze, with the extinct, well for 650 years, volcano of Rangitoto providing some shelter, the outgoing tide was a big factor in the afternoon, as the staring vessels swung to the tide rather than the wind.
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