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ARYA Ten Rater Australian Nationals at Montrose Bay, Hobart - Day 2

by Robert Gavin 20 Feb 2018 22:09 PST 12-24 February 2018

Light winds and mostly clear skies greeted competitors on the second day of the ARYA Ten Rater National Championships at Hobart, Tasmania.

PRO Scott Condie got the fleet underway in a 5 knot North Easterly, but soon after the start the breeze dropped to virtually nothing and spectators were treated to a duel in light winds, eventually won by Ross Bennett with Tasmanian Mike Hickman in second and Sean Wallis third.

With no wind, racing was postponed until after lunch when a light sea breeze turned up. The lighter conditions evened up the competition considerably and spectators were treated to some great racing with Greg Torpy taking out five of the twelve races and Sean Wallis first across the line in three.

Meanwhile, Ross Bennett remained in the hunt pegging back the lead to draw even with Andrew Reid at one point but as the breeze filled in the Trance was back in its element and Reid finished the day with his only win in the last race to remain firmly in the lead with a nine point gap (47 – 56) between him and Bennett at the close.

Locally, Michael Hickman got the hang of his borrowed ten rater to record a win and some good places during the day in a good display of helming.

Racing continues on Wednesday morning, but with light winds predicted we may not see many races and, while Reid might have some anxious moments in the light conditions, he looks headed for victory.

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