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2020 Adelaide National Regatta after Day 3

by Harry Fisher 7 Jan 21:38 PST 5-10 January 2020
Steve Thomas in Cat-titude racing in the Mosquito Mk I fleet - 2020 Adelaide National Regatta © Brad Halstead

National championships for the Finn, OK Dinghy and Mosquito Catamaran classes have started to take shape with overall results for each class allowing a few event favourites to emerge.

While there's close competition in all fleets, some top contenders have shone through in most classes, with Rob McMillan (OK Dinghy), Warwick Kemp (Mosquito Mk I), Justin and Kalahni Bissi (Mosquito Mk II) and Matt Stone (Mosquito Spinnaker) all ahead in their classes.

The Finn racing however looks a little closer, with John Condie sitting on top of the table after four races with a 2-3-2-3 score card.

However what is interesting is that youngster Lachlan Gilham sits fourth overall with a 1-1-1-14 score card, which should make things much more interesting when the drop comes into play.

All three national events are part of a "super regatta" style event that has brought together three great grass roots classes to the one venue, which has allowed them to share ideas and create a larger and more enjoyable atmosphere for sailors.

"We're able to put on two different race courses out there, the mix of people on the beach is just so much better than the classes operating on their own," Adelaide Sailing Club Vice Commodore and event PRO Malcolm Hughes said.

"They're all kind of, little bit smaller classes, with 20 to 30 boats in their nationals."

The sailors are enjoying it too, with many saying they are benefiting from being able to mix with other sailors and share ideas.

"I like it, I reckon it's great, the other classes can see what we do and we can see what they do," Mosquito sailor Matt Stone said.

"The way people run their events, it varies between the classes, I quite enjoy it."

Racing continues over the next three days with more combined social events and great racing expected to continue.

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