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International 14 Australian Championships at Black Rock Yacht Club - Day 4

by Daniel Vaughan 3 Jan 2023 22:25 PST 28 December 2022 - 6 January 2023

With a blowout from the previous day, 2 races were scheduled for Day 4 of the Championships at Black Rock Yacht Club, Victoria. The forecast was a building Southerly breeze starting at 5-10 knots and increasing throughout the day to 20 knots. The word of the day was 'trapeze harnesses' with 2 hook failures and velcro waistbands letting go on 4 different boats - check your gear regularly fellow skiff sailors!

Race 3 got under way in 5-10 knots and a shifting breeze making it very challenging to get comfortable. Roger Blasse and Andrew Gilligan on Late Arrival had their boat setup to perfection and made short work of the first upwind leg and had grown a healthy lead at the top mark.

The race for second was well fought between 6 boats with Mark Krstic and James Lanati on Sticky Fingers holding course for the majority of the race, a large shift up the last upwind leg brought everyone back together and the young guns on Homie; Will Wallis and Hugh Hickling crept around the top mark for the last time in 4th place, but they weren't done yet. Homie had a great downwind leg to the finish and picked up 2nd place right on the line, with Sticky Fingers finishing 3rd.

The cloud cover finally broke for race 4 allowing the southerly breeze to build, The start got under way in 10knots but quickly shifted right and built to 15knots 10minutes into racing. The boats that cleared out at the start got off to a blinder and it was Will Wallis and Hugh Hickling on Homie leading the charge out on the right hand side lay line, with the top boats fighting it out mid fleet. Lindsay Irwin and Andrew Perry on Ronstan/Irwin Sails were making the best of the conditions and built up an early lead, as the breeze increased the sea state began to rise, if you were caught mid pack it was like a washing machine, making it even more challenging.

The last downwind leg proved to be the deciding factor for a lot of boats, the mine shafts had built up quite substantially and a cartwheel was just a moment away for everyone. Race winners from Heat 3 Roger Blasse and Andrew Giliigan found one and dropped back to 13th. It was Ronstan/Irwin Sails finishing 1st with Sticky Fingers 2nd and Wang Wang 3rd. The story of the day would have to be the boys on Homie with a 2nd and a 5th in their 2nd International 14 Championships.

This event is generously supported by Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Results after Day 4:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1AUS679Mark KrsticJames LanatiBRYC11327
2AUS663Lindsay IrwinAndrew PerryBlackrock YC225110
3AUS661Brad DevineIan FurlongPDSC3612627
4AUS680Roger BlasseAndrew GilliganBRYC11411329
5AUS656Ben StrongDaniel FarthingSYC4581633
6AUS660William WallisHugh HicklingSYC16122535
7AUS645David BramleyMatt HanrahanPDSC10134936
8AUS678Chris VaughanMatt BalmerBRYC9910836
9AUS677David HayterTrent NeighbourRoyal Queensland Yacht Squadron53DNF338
10AUS654Steve VanceBlake VancePerth Dinghy Sailing Club12813740
11AUS637Graeme EverettAndrew WilsonPerth Dinghy Sailing Club81416442
12AUS672Ian ArberDrew FarrarPerth Dinghy Sailing Club131171445
13AUS676Anthony AndersonDaniel VaughanMcCrae776DNF47
14AUS631Sam RoseJonathon EverettPDSC1817111157
15AUS673Daniel FirnsMatt Clark‑MasseraPerth Dinghy Sailing Club1516141560
16AUS657David WrightCallum PrestedgeRGYC142191761
17AUS646Ian CunninghamDavid CunninghamMcCrae1918171266
18AUS665Stewart Vickeryjames pattersonSYC61519DNC67
19AUS670David LuggPhillip VancePDSC2022151067
20AUS649Greg CouttsBrodie CouttsSBSC171018DNF72
21AUS667Phillip TomamichelGeoffrey TomamichelMcCrae2319221882
22AUS668Scott Davis McCrea YC212423DNF95
23AUS642Ashley DuganAndrew KingMcCrae Y.C.DNF2320DNF97
24AUS644Cameron TweedlePia EllerbeckWPNSA22DNF21DNF97
25AUS664Joel MatthewsMichael JohnsonRYCVDNF20DNCDNC101
26AUS648Angus RichardsonMatthew PageRoyal Yacht Club of VictoriaDNFDNCDNCDNC108

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