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52nd Australian Contender Championship at Gosford Sailing Club - Day 4

by Ross Hansen 20 Jan 03:53 PST 17-21 January 2022

Great sailing today in a 15-20 knot South Easterly breeze where we got two races in after a lengthy delay with the wind shifting from East to South and eventually settling into a steady fresh SE. Both races had clean starts.

The top three boats overall shared the top three spots in both races with Lindsay Irwin in 'Angry Tractor' 2486 (Blackrock SC) now in 3rd place overall with a 3rd & 1st today.

No change at the top with Matt Mulder 'Socially Distant' 2434 (BSC) who got a first in race 7 just ahead of Mark Bulka 'Balance' 2457 (McCrae YC) in 2nd. Heat 8 saw another close race up front with Bulka staying with Mulder up the last work but let Irwin sneak through to take the win.

A fantastic day's sailing and sets up an epic final day to see who wins the title and 4th through to 24th will equally be trying to improve their positions.

Midday start on final day with 10-13 knot ESE forecast.

Today also was Legends Day, where some past champions were taken out on a cruiser and given a lunch and a day watching some racing. They could not have picked a better day. A rare photo of four Australian Champions.

Results after Day 4: (eight races, 1 discard)

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
12434Socially Distant (BSC)Matthew Mulder1111321310
22457Balance (McCrae YC)Mark Bulka4222112212
32486Angry Tractor (Blackrock SC)Lindsay Irwin34833(UFD)3125
42270Encore (Canberra YC)Paul Cohen25352751029
52676Eugene (SYC)Grant Robinson784471071247
62565Hector (Blairgowrie YS)John Lindholm1361461056551
72560No Diggity (McCrae YC)Jeff Owen839101268852
72615Inherently Unstable (BSYC)Sam Reid59678(DNS)11652
92642SSHHH (CYC)Andrew Sutton111310119812768
102669Respite (GSC)Sam Ellis1720(RET)12534970
112444Return (GSC)John Humphries97119171216(RET)81
122670Big Red (BYRA)James Meggison16101281411131583
132349Outrageous (Airlie Beach SC)Luke Mairs614211411(UFD)91186
142575Knotasha (McCrae YS)Joey Randall(DNS)15718(OCS)417488
152411Tricky (GSC)Brian Pike10111913159181389
161306Sweet Spot (GSC)James Ellis15175(RET)6(RET)10(DNS)92
172580Ujio (GSC)Ross Hansen1216151921131514104
182Sydney Swans (GSC)Lindsay Pike1912161718142216112
192643Battleship (Teralba SC)Steve Ianna201913(DNS)131514(DNF)113
202196Sou Easter (Manly 16Ft)Matt Triglone1421171620161917119
212648Flipper (Blairgowrie YS)Ned Lindholm2118181516(RET)20(FOC)123
223Kintsuji (RQYS)John McLean22232020191721(FET)138
23669Trash Talk (SPYC)Tony Arends18222221(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)158
242131Captain Risky (GSC)Nathan Gulliksen(DNC)(DNC)23(RET)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)170

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