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International 14 Australian Championships at Black Rock Yacht Club - Day 5

by Daniel Vaughan 7 Jan 2023 21:01 PST 28 December 2022 - 6 January 2023

Heat 5 and 6 were scheduled for a 12pm start, the forecast was for a building southerly breeze up to 15-20 knots. At 10am the breeze was already in at 15 knots. This was going to be a tough day at the office for the sailors.

Right on 12 the breeze began to build and was gusting 20 knots; everyone was pushing hard at the start and an individual recall was called with 3 boats choosing to restart. The heavy weights from Perth Dinghy Sailing Club; Brad Devine and Ian 'Footy' Furlong on Del Boca Vista had a great first leg and had built a healthy lead at the top mark with Graeme Everett and Andrew Wilson on Devine Intervention rounding 2nd and Lindsay Irwin and Andrew Perry on Ronstan/Irwin sails 3rd.

The breeze continued to develop and was gusting to 24knots at times and the seas had risen to 1.9m with breaking waves, the teams would have felt more comfortable on a stand-up paddle board than an i14. The downwind legs were where the brave came unstuck with the large waves creating havoc and many cartwheels were to be had.

The trying conditions took its toll on the boats with Roger Blasse and Andrew Gilligan on Late Arrival returning to the beach with gear failure and hoping to make it back out for the second race.

The last downwind leg was a graveyard of boats falling over in the large seas, if you could keep it upright you were guaranteed a good result, Del Boca Vista had the race in control but misread the course and set off for another lap at the finish, Ronstan/Irwin Sails took their 2nd win from James Lanati and Mark Krstic on Sticky Fingers with Del Boca Vista realising their mistake and finishing 3rd.

The breeze stayed up for Heat 6 but the strong conditions had taken its toll on the fleet with a number of boats pulling out prior to the start. There was plenty of action at the top mark with everyone in close proximity and boats struggling to lay the mark, there were a couple of close calls right on the mark with a few boats having to double tack right in front of oncoming traffic; a few penalty turns were to be had as a result.

James Lanati and Mark Krstic on Sticky Fingers made it around unscathed in first position with a heated pack behind them. There were plenty of position changes as boats continued to go down in the large waves. Sticky Fingers showed their dominance and made it around the course without any errors and cementing their position in first place on the leaderboard.

Ronstan/Irwin sails were sitting second but had a costly swim just 200 metres from the finish and recovered to seventh over the line. Del Boca Vista once again sailed well in the strong conditions and finished second with David Hayter and Trent Neighbour on Wang Wang finishing third.

Results after Day 5:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1AUS679Mark KrsticJames LanatiBRYC11‑32217
2AUS663Lindsay IrwinAndrew PerryBlackrock YC22511‑711
3AUS661Brad DevineIan FurlongPDSC36‑1263220
4AUS677David HayterTrent NeighbourRoyal Queensland Yacht Squadron53(DNF)38322
5AUS645David BramleyMatt HanrahanPDSC10‑13494532
6AUS676Anthony AndersonDaniel VaughanMcCrae776(DNF)5934
7AUS654Steve VanceBlake VancePerth Dinghy Sailing Club128‑1377438
8AUS678Chris VaughanMatt BalmerBRYC99‑1086638
9AUS656Ben StrongDaniel FarthingSYC458169(DNF)42
10AUS660William WallisHugh HicklingSYC16122510(DNC)45
11AUS672Ian ArberDrew FarrarPerth Dinghy Sailing Club13117‑1414853
12AUS637Graeme EverettAndrew WilsonPerth Dinghy Sailing Club81416412(DNC)54
13AUS680Roger BlasseAndrew GilliganBRYC114113(DNS)DNF56
14AUS657David WrightCallum PrestedgeRGYC14‑21917111061
15AUS673Daniel FirnsMatt Clark‑MasseraPerth Dinghy Sailing Club1516141517(DNC)77
16AUS665Stewart Vickeryjames pattersonSYC61519(DNC)13DNC80
17AUS670David LuggPhillip VancePDSC2022151015(DNF)82
18AUS646Ian CunninghamDavid CunninghamMcCrae1918171216(DNF)82
19AUS631Sam RoseJonathon EverettPDSC18171111(DNF)DNC84
20AUS649Greg CouttsBrodie CouttsSBSC171018(DNF)DNCDNC99
21AUS667Phillip TomamichelGeoffrey TomamichelMcCrae2319221818(DNC)100
22AUS644Cameron TweedlePia EllerbeckWPNSA22(DNF)21DNF19DNC116
23AUS668Scott DavisLouis ScarroldMcCrea YC212423(DNF)DNCDNC122
24AUS642Ashley DuganAndrew KingMcCrae Y.C.(DNF)2320DNFDNCDNC124
25AUS664Joel MatthewsMichael JohnsonRYCV(DNF)20DNCDNCDNCDNC128
26AUS648Angus RichardsonMatthew PageRoyal Yacht Club of Victoria(DNF)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC135

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