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Soho Lawyers Australian Contender Championship at McCrae Yacht Club

by Jane Moffat 19 Jan 23:46 PST 16-18 January 2018
Soho Lawyers Australian Contender Championship 2018 © VR Sport Media

The Melbourne weather played games with competitors in the 2018 Soho Lawyers Australian International Contender Championship.

With rising temperatures and light winds the first couple of days proved tricky and race 1 saw some of the hot favourites further down the leader board than expected. Mark Bulka (AUS 2457) finished ninth and Simon Mussell (GBR 2420) was black flagged. Mussell finished the championship.

Races three and four saw an equally mixed set of results, Bulka finishing 19th and previous World Champion Jono Neate (AUS 2652) 20th. This championship was a warm up to the Worlds with everybody stretching their legs and getting used to the conditions and by the end the names at the top of the leader board were more who you would expect to see. However Bulka's prediction that newcomer to the class Scott Cunningham (AUS 2571) would be one to watch and be challenging for a podium position appears to be coming to fruition, with Cunningham finishing fourth.

Current World Champion Jason Beebe (AUS 2482) showed why he is the man to beat, a consistent score line, apart from one blip, took the Australian title finishing on 12 points.

With the Melbourne weather looking more settled for the week after a blistering 40+ degrees followed by a cool change on Saturday, the cool southerly breeze looks to hold with forecasts of between 10–20 knots for the afternoon each day.

The Aussies dominated the top places in the championships but there's all to play for next week, it's going to be close with 90 boats and 6 World Champions on the course, don't miss a minute.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Overall Results:

PosSail NoSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1AUS 2482Jason BeebeRQYS31‑2451212
2AUS 2652Jono NeateMornington YC526‑203117
3AUS 2457Mark BulkaMcCrae YC961‑192321
4AUS 2571Scott CunninghamMcCrae YC4341611(DNF)38
5AUS 2408Jan ScholtenAvalon SC722‑3037443
6AUS 2575Dan KohlmanMcCrae YC10117119‑1348
7GER 551Christoph HomeierSVGO24825‑311049
8AUS 2237Simon BarwoodRFBYC11213‑3621855
9AUS 2578Andre WebsterCanberra YC8102012‑38757
10ITA 11Andrea BonezziSCM691415‑532569
11AUS 2502Anthony NashDavey's Bay YC‑352824172374
12NED 2582Rene HeynenMaas en Roer21175‑52191274
13AUS 2468Callum BurnsBlairgowrie YS207239‑371776
14ITA 2561Antonio LambertiniYCD‑3024322151478
15GBR 2572Ed PresleyCotswold SC1316‑3917231180
16AUS 2670Matt MulderBalmoral SC1114‑2828101881
17ITA 40Luca BonezziCanottieri Mincio Mantova322716‑444988
18AUS 2204Michael MacdonaldMcCrae YC29191123‑351597
19AUS 2320Chris JonesRoyal Geelong YC143210241(DNC)99
20AUS 2650Steven JohannessenMcCrae YC428176‑4928101
21AUS 2380Geoff FisherDPSS282531216(DNC)111
22GBR 716Richard FranksWeston SC‑463137141321116
23AUS 2565John LindholmBlairgowie YS1736‑5327335118
24GER 2438Markus MaisenbacherWassersportverein Hemelingen1847(DNS)4356119
25GER 2527Dirk MuellerSKWB121833‑503234129
26AUS 2560Jeff OwenMcCrae YC39131230‑4536130
27GER 2400Thomas WietingWVH Wassersportverein Hemelingen2538(DNS)342216135
28AUS 2518Joseph RandallMcCrae YC38(BFD)5118827142
29GBR 630James SpikesleyNetley SC3345271‑4738144
30GBR 678Tommy HootonBurton SC2320(OCS)SCP1229144
31AUS 2174Mathew VandervoortTeralba SC4044212914‑46148
32AUS 2577Paul CohenCanberra YC16(DNF)15493640156
33AUS 2600Steve WilsonRoyal Queensland YS432334(UFD)2531156
34SUI 92Jacqueline RufenachtThunersee YC‑62559314224161
35AUS 2681Thomas VincentMcCrae YC19(DNF)46611819163
36AUS 2263Richard BattenMudeford SC22292646‑5542165
37AUS 2680Lindsay IrwinBlack Rock YC2642492424(BFD)165
38AUS 2530Iain LarkinsROYAL FRESHWATER BAY YC27214726‑5450171
39GBR 2449Rob SmithCastle Cove SC343038‑675120173
40GBR 712Rodger WhiteKing George SC56(DNF)19542622177
41GBR 2439Gary LangdownHighcliffe SC15152545(UFD)BFD180
42AUS 2651Dean TaylorBlairgowrie YS2441‑61392849181
43GBR 2420Simon MussellHighcliffe SC(UFD)5483320DNC186
44AUS 2437Scott MunroMcCrae YC3633‑68534430196
45AUS 2349Stephen IannaTeralba Amateur SC5043408‑6556197
46AUS 2517Jonathan VandervoortTeralba Amateur SC535435‑572926197
47AUS 2666Michael HughesMcCrae YC4546‑59511641199
48AUS 2284Darrell FaulknerFrankston YC3126‑58415645199
49AUS 2614Rob StentaM16FSSC413442‑553944200
50AUS 2360Scott WatsonMcCrae YC37532237.552‑58201.5
51AUS 3John McLeanDarling Point SS483736‑654635202
52AUS 1753Thomas YoungCanberra YC(DNF)4018606032210
53AUS 2411Andrew ChurcherMcCrae YC(UFD)485275952218
54AUS 2136Ian BowmanRQYS(DNF)5055472739218
55AUS 2142Tim DorningBlairgowrie YS4960504030(BFD)229
56AUS 2668Jonathan HardingBlairgowrie YS5539631063(DNC)230
57AUS 2562Andrew ButlerRoyal Geelong YC52‑5957354843235
58AUS 2375Garrath JamesBlairgowrie YS57(DNF)56425833246
59AUS 2665Paul WilsonBYS(DNF)DNF29325061252
60AUS 1483Andrew ChisholmB and SYC(DNC)DNC44583437253
61AUS 2617Matthew TrigloneManly SC51585437.5‑6653253.5
62AUS 2208Pat MooreSomers YC‑654962484355257
63GBR 2522Chris BoshierThorpe Bay YC44(DNF)4113DNCDNC258
64AUS 2441Ian KirkwoodBSYC585245‑685751263
65AUS 2178David CunninghamMcCrae YC66(DNF)72644048290
66AUS 226Glenn DaltonHumpybong YC645165‑706747294
67GBR 666Bill HootonBurton SC633543(DNC)DNCDNC301
68AUS 2167Toby BathMcCrae YC(DNF)5767636857312
69AUS 2678Michael VandenbergSomers YCSCP6132(DNC)DNCDNC316
70CAN 2525Stephanie MahOuter Harbour Centreboard Club61(DNF)605964DNC324
71AUS 2165Sian HardingBlairgowrie YS(DNF)DNF70666154331
72AUS 2649Neil WhitakerMcCrae YC67(DNF)69716960336
73AUS 2616Adrian MulcahyBlairgowrie YS(DNF)DNC64697059342
74NED 2637Cees de GruijterGWV de Vrijbuiter4756(DNC)DNCDNCDNC343
75NED 2630Pim LangendijkWV Braassemermeer54(DNC)DNF7262DNC348
76AUS 2542Chris BattyBlairgowrie YS606266(DNC)DNCDNC348
77AUS 1246Mark YoungCanberra YC(DNF)DNF71SCP7162350
78AUS 1752Ned LindholmBlairgowie YS(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC400

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