Hey weren’t we just saying the other day that Australian sailing sucks, yet we have two good pieces on Australian sailing today. Do’h. Thanks to Beau Outteridge.
Today was used for re-sails, as Tuesday was cancelled. The racing started in a gusty 10-14 knot easterly which tended to have constant swings of 5 to 10 degrees. The sailors were again a little too keen at the first start resulting in a general recall, however they all got away cleanly in the re-start. James Doran and A-Mac seemed to have mastered running down the line on the course side and dipping back just as the gun goes to hit the line at full speed, however the Moth Squad boys still had their measure with Kiwi Pete 1st, followed by Joe Turner 2nd & Slingers 3rd with Goobs 7th and Nath 9th.
The second race of the day started in similar conditions, however this time it was Tom Slingsby’s turn to grab a win, followed by Josh McKnight, Pete Burling and Goobs 4th. The third race of the day saw Nathan Outteridge miss the start by nearly 4 minutes, after going to the shore for make shift repairs. He was never going to catch the leaders however did catch quite a few boats and finished 23rd. Once again Kiwi Pete dominated winning the race from Joe Turner, Scott Babbage and Dave Lister.
As the forecast for Saturday was looking very suspect, with very light shifty winds, and as the conditions were still quite reasonable, the race committee decided to run a fourth race, much to the dismay of some of the tired sailors. Once again Pete Burling took control winning his 3rd race for the day. Pete just looked so relaxed in his boat and had speed to burn. One person commented that he reminded him of the cartoon character Gumby when he tacked and gybed, slithering under the boom, but obviously it works for Pete. Second in the race was Josh, followed by Goobs and Dave Lister. A notable retiree was Joe Turner, who I am told did not wish to miss happy hour at the club.
After 10 races, with 2 drops, Pete now leads on 10 points from Scott on 21 points, Josh on 29 points, Dave Lister on 32 points, Joe Turner on 37 points and Tom Slingsby on 44 points. Racing continues on Friday from 1pm.
Full results can be found on Wangi Sailing Club Website.