sail-world.com -- A-Cat Australian Championships 2011 set to start on on a high

A-Cat Australian Championships 2011 set to start on on a high    

'Glenn Ashby setting up for A-Cat Nationals - in Queensland. Lots of water and very little beach but an excellent fleet and good racing expected.'    . ©

A-Cats away today. A record fleet of 73 competitors has entered the 2011 Australian Championships for the International A Class Catamarans, to be sailed on Lake Cootharaba, just inland from the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

After several weeks of torrential rain, the clouds are lighter, and the winds have moderated from 25 plus knots that have prevailed over the last week.

The normally brackish water of the tea tree stained water of the lake, is decidely at the fresh end of the scale, and is approximately one metre high than usual with the rainwater run off which has submeged the beach rigging areas.

The strong Australian fleet has been supplemented by an influx of sailors from a number of the America's Cup teams, including Dean Barker, the skipper of Team New Zealand, Noel Drennan and Philippe Presti from Team Oracle, and Will Howden from Team Origin

Unfortunately, James Spithill was a late scratching, so the the Dean Barker/James Spithill clash of the America's Cup skippers will not eventuate.

Glenn Ashby, Spithill's team mate in the recent International C Class Catamaran World Championship ('The Little America's Cup') and seven times World A Class Champion should be able to capable substitute.

The Invitation race was sailed today in light to moderate, and somewhat shifty conditions. The start was a very intense affair, particularly so, given that it was a practice race, with three general recalls before discipline was imposed with a black flag. It was certainly a good pratice race for the starter, and given the size, quality and competiveness of this fleet, it is likely that the black flag will be feature of this series.

The racing started in six to eight knots of south east breeze ,which held for the first windward leg before fading during the first downwind leg down to three or four knots with the fleet now consumed by the 'mild thing'

The wind picked up again on the second uphill tract, and held to allow the 'wild thing' during the second downwind . Steve Bradshaw sailing a new 'DNA' design boat lead around the last leeward mark rounding with Chris Cairns, Glenn Ashby, and Steve Brewin in close pursuit.

The wind shifted significantly to the left at this point, disadvantaging Bradshaw and Cairns who had held on a bit too long on the port tack, allowing Steve Brewin, and the regatta favourite Glenn Ashby into the lead.

Steve Brewin prevailed to trigger the finishers gun, followed by Glenn Ashby, and Steve Bradshaw.

The forecast of the week of 10 to 15 knot winds for the week should provide for excellent sailing conditions.

Practice Race - Final Positions:

1. Steve Brewin (DNA)
2. Glenn Ashby (DNA)
3. Steve Brayshaw (DNA)
4. Scott Anderson (Geltek )
5. Chris Cairns (The Tool)
6. Graham Parker (DNA)
7. Will Howden (DNA)
8. Darren Bundock (DNA)
9. Ron Howell (Geltek)
10. Dean Barker DNA)



by Bob Griffits
- 11:02 PM Sun 2 Jan 2011 GMT





Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.
If you want to send this story to a friend, please use link below
http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=78718

Based on your current download speed Sail-World has delivered large images (660 pixels long side.)  If you would like to see only small images (300 pixels long side) click here .  For medium sized images (500 pixels long side) click here .  If you would prefer to see text only (without pictures) click here

Click for further information on
2011 A Cat Australian Championship

Related News Stories:
06 Jan 2011  A Class Nationals - Day 3
05 Jan 2011  A Class Australian Championships Day 2 - Cream Rises to the top
04 Jan 2011  Amazing Australian A Cat titles - The New Kids did well on Day One
03 Jan 2011  A Cat- Who is who at the Australian Nationals?
03 Jan 2011  A Cats lead small Cat development says seven times World Champion

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 NEW AUS
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT