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Etchells Australasian Championship 2023 at Mooloolaba Yacht Club - Day 1

by Nic Douglass 9 Jun 2023 12:13 PDT 9-11 June 2023
Flying High on day 1 of the Etchells Australasian Championship at Mooloolaba © Keynon Sports Photos

The first day of the International Etchells Australasian Championship was exceptionally challenging with breeze from west, round to sou'east, and sou-west over the course of the day.

"It was lovely Moolooalaba winter weather" said Malcolm Page, tactician on RacerCC currently placed second in the International Etchells Australasians.

"It was pretty toasty being a southerner, and the wind was better than predicted, although pretty shifty, as it was west off the land", he surmised.

"GT [Graeme Taylor] was probably the boat of the day but he had a little issue in the middle of the day with a disqualification for being over the start line. The middle race was really shifty with 40-50 degree shifts. JC was exceptional to do well in that race. We were sailing from fully hiked to being on the leeward side. It was seriously tricky.

"Plenty of stuff to work on as always" he finished.

While RacerCC is currently placed in second, and the team on Magpie had two firsts, there is no denying who sailed exceptionally well today on average, and that was AUS1475, Flying High.

"Today was a very long day," said Seve Jarvin, the tactician on Flying High.

"The wind was all over the place and the race committee did a good job to get the three races in. We were lucky to get off the start line well in two races, and the team sailed amazingly. Special mention to our super crew Sebastian I think he would be the lightest crew ever on an Etchells at 26kgs".

"Was a great day on the water in tricky conditions" said Graeme Taylor, skipper of Magpie.

"JC did an awesome job. We need to be a little less eager to prove ourselves, as in race two".

There are still a number of races to be sailed over the course of the weekend, and drops yet to be in play stay tuned to our social media channels for live updates.

Results after day 1:

1Flying High (EAUS1475)JC StrongRSYS4239
2Racer CC (EAUS1482)Mark ThornburrowRHKYC28212
3Ciao (EAUS1244)Douglas McgainCYCA83718
4Triad2020 (EAUS1478)John BertrandRBYC312520
5Magpie (EAUS1486)Graeme TaylorRSYS122124
6Tranquility Base (EAUS1377)Robert WeirRSYS177428
=Carabella IV (EAUS1219)Matthew McCannRSYS613928
8Etchycoo Park (EAUS1346)Cameron PryceRQYS1341229
91463 (EAUS1463)Matthew RamaleyRSYS1091130
10Informer (EAUS1088)Peter BellinghamRSYS1151632
=Lisa Rose (EAUS1484)Martin Hill AMRSYS1610632
12Great White Hunter (EAUS1483)DAVID DUNNRSYS5151737
13TAG (EAUS1330)Todd AndersonRQYS1911838
=Viken (EAUS831)Marc RyanRSYS7181338
15Tamm Ha Tamm (EAUS865)Christian BoillotRBYC2061440
=Fumanchu2 (EAUS1473)Mark RobertsRSYS1517840
17Animal House (EAUS832)Dirk van der StruyfRFBYC9112242
18War of the Roses (EAUS1360)Jeff RoseMYC18161044
19Forte (EAUS1433)Mark CrierRPYC12142248
20African Queen (EAUS1450)Jan MuyskenGSC14221955
=Emotional Rescue (EAUS1385)Wayne KirbySYC21191555

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