sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Fickle conditions for day 5 of Australian 14 Championships
Fickle conditions for day 5 of Australian 14 Championships

'the fleet head downwind in a building breeze - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012'    Andrew Gough    Click Here to view large photo

Unusual and difficult conditions have tested the strong Australian International 14ft Skiff fleet, as rain squalls pushed across Waterloo Bay today, keeping crews on their toes.

With only one race scheduled, it was a testing light start in around five to eight knots. Leading out the left and most favored side was Mark Krstic and Andrew Wilson, hunting for their first race win of the series. Searching for the most pressure, Krstic and Wilson headed towards an ominous rain cloud that hung low over the left handside of the race track. Sticking to their guns the pair crossed the fleet and held off the rest of the pack rounding the first mark ahead.

'It was crazy, we sort of figured that side it was a lottery, we liked the pressure lines out there, the middle of the bay really dissipated,' said a relieved Krstic after racing.

'There were a few anxious moments, but as soon as we tacked we knew we could cross and that was that, plus the boat speed was feeling great'.

However as the clouds moved across the racetrack the breeze freshened to a moderate 15knots pushing the fleet quickly downwind. Finding their groove after a tough windward work, regatta leaders Brad Devine and Ian Furlong pressed on the heels of Krstic and Wilson as they rounded the second windward mark.

'We felt really well set up today, we sealed the race, he was behind us, we had a really nice drop caught that inside line and he ended up to leeward of us' said Wilson.

Things didn’t go quite as planned for Devine and Furlong as they hunted down Krstic. Sailing downwind on the second last leg they struck a creature of sorts in the water bringing their boat to a jolting stop.

'It was a shame, we were getting the boat in the groove up that last work in the breeze, but we hit the something flat chat with the kite up, we just hoped whatever we hit is alright!' said Devine.

The collision with the unknown sea creature left some damage to their foil making it impossible to move in the box.

'Our winning streak came to an end, because of a bloody fish!' said Furlong as he examined the damaged gear after racing.

The collision gave Krstic and Wilson the lead coming around the bottom mark and made their job easy up the final windward to the finish, sealing their first race win for the series.

Krstic and Wilson fly downwind on the last leg to take their first win of the series - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012 -  Andrew Gough   Click Here to view large photo

a flat 14 is a fast 14 - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012 -  Andrew Gough   Click Here to view large photo

Light fickle conditions tested the fleet before the breeze quickly built - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012 -  Andrew Gough   Click Here to view large photo

Ian 'Footy' Furlong inspects the damage to their foil after hitting an unidentified flying sea creature - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012 -  Andrew Gough   Click Here to view large photo

off the ramp at RQYS - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012 -  Andrew Gough   Click Here to view large photo

Neil Patchett gets ready to launch his 14 at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron - Australian 14ft Skiff Championships 2012 -  Andrew Gough   Click Here to view large photo


by Andrew Gough

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=105322

8:41 AM Fri 4 Jan 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World





















Express 27 National Championship overall + Video by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,














America's Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup's Yves Carcelle dies at 66 *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,












Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Ronstan Bridge to Bridge 2014 - Images by Erik Simonson
Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Australian Sailing Team signs up
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 3
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA sailors place on world regatta circuits
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2
PWA Alacati World Cup - Intense competition on day 3
America's Cup: 'The Doc' appointed as Commercial Commissioner
Wake Park Triple Crown - Registration open for final stop
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 2 images by Stefano Gattini
Volvo Ocean Race - Two more join Dongfeng Race Team
OHPRI Teen Summer Camps make a splash
East to West: A profile of Volvo Ocean Race crew Team Dongfeng
Extreme Sailing Series - First-ever Turkish team to race in Istanbul
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Race 4 images by Max Ranchi
New Around Britain and Ireland Monohull 40ft and less world record
Detroit Cup - Fifth place finish a difficult result for Neptune Racing
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads
Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
Helping boaters understand weather basics   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2   
Match 40s find the surface again + Video   
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi   
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director   
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition   
IFDS World Championship overall   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series   
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2   
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda   
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14   
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing   
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa   
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video   
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic   
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?   
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta   
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   


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 WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT