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Deussen draws first blood, wins SA States ahead of Melges 24 Nationals

by Harry Fisher 8 Mar 23:45 PDT 7-8 March 2020
Robin Deussen's Red Mist has clinched the 2020 Melges 24 SA State Championships © Ally Graham

Robin Deussen's Red Mist has taken out the 2020 South Australian Melges 24 States in dominant fashion over the weekend, a pre-cursor of what could be to come in this week's national championships at the Adelaide Sailing Club.

Deussen, the reigning national champion in the Melges 24 class, heads into this year's event on home waters up against what is a solid national fleet with a healthy South Australian contingent.

It proved to be a magic weekend on the water to kick off the festival of Melges 24 sailing, with glamour conditions across the two-day SA States that gave the 10-boat fleet a chance to scope out the local waters.

Deussen's score card displayed a near faultless performance with five wins from the six races, with a fifth in the fourth race the only blemish on his record.

Local sailmaker Dave Alexander and his team on The Farm finished second overall, while the Scorpius team skippered by former Melges 24 national champion Sandy Higgins rounded out the top three just a point behind The Farm.

Glenda and Kevin Nixon's Accru, and Matthew Speirs' Amigos, both making the trip over from New South Wales, finished the States in fourth and fifth respectively and will look to improve on that heading into the nationals to give the overall honours a bit of a shake.

While Deussen and the Red Mist team looks likely to go into the nationals as the favourite, it sets up a great battle with some of their class rivals, who will be gunning for him in the big event this week.

Four days of racing is on the schedule with a total of 11 races to be sailed to see the next national champion crowned.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmStateR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st607RedmistRobin DeussenSA111‑5115
2nd758The FarmDave AlexanderSA‑73262215
3rd831ScorpiusDoug NairnSA52324‑616
4th814AccruGlenda & Kevin NixonNSW‑44443318
5th816AmigosMatthew SpeirsNSW2‑7715419
6th514Rank BajinDoug WatsonSA3553‑7521
7th679kowabungaDan O'ConnellSA8‑9876736
8th815Outrage‑usSilas NolanSA666(RET)DNCRET40
9th558OutlierKen AbbottSA98(DNF)DNCDNCDNC50
10th807PantherSteve O'RourkeNSW(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC55

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