2019 AUS Ten Rater Championship Day 1


Feb 6, 2019

The day started with frequent squalls and a SSE breeze. The forecast was for 15 - 20 knot Easterly breezes on the coast which was expected to translate to 10 -15 knots at Regatta Lake. Eventually that was exactly what happened but not before some serious attempts at setting a course proved futile.

One start had the fleet making the top mark on port from the start line, while soon after the same mark was fetched on in one leg on starboard. Weather chaos continued to reign until a halt was called for lunch.

During the break the wind settled in from the East with reasonable shifts available for the observant. The kind of conditions the less experienced call a lottery that the better sailors always seen to get lucky in.

After the day concluded at about 1640, it was Kirwan Robb (VIC) who read the conditions the best with his worst result, a 3rd, going in the first drop giving him a Nett of 9 points. Scott Condie (NSW) in 2nd place dropped a 7, while Andrew Reid (VIC) following in 3rd place dropped a 10. Consistency is the key and clearly Kirwan had it today.

Ross Bennett (WA) is loitering with intent just three points behind Reid, with Stephen Sedgmen (ACT) a further 3 points back in 5th.

The final bracket of racing saw gusts above 15 knots causing just a few nose dives and the odd round-up. However these conditions only extended the distance between those at the pointy end and those in the back half.

The forecast tomorrow is for similar wind conditions with less precipitation. Hopefully this will mean that the sea breeze will be able to push though earlier than it did today and more racing can be racked up.

For the detailed progressive results see our RESULTS page.


Category: Australia
Posted by: ARYA Publicity