Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 Zhik/CST Composites Moth Australian Championships - Day 1

Racing in the 2013 Zhik/CST Composites Australian Moth Championships kicked off in an 8-10 knot south easterly that the 66 competitors found more to their liking than the breezier invitational race on Sunday.
Photo: Sarah Outteridge
Tasmanian Julian Salter was the early race leader in the day’s first race but was eventually caught out by New Zealander Pete Burling and Scott Babbage. Defending National Champion and fellow Tasmanian, Rob Gough finished in fourth place just ahead of 2011 World Championship runner up Joe Turner and Western Australia’s Tom Johnson.

Missing in action from the leading group were a couple of World Champions. Recently crowned 2012 World Champion Josh McKnight was forced to retire with gear failure and 2011 World Champion, Nathan Outteridge had to claw his way back into the race after a bad first lap.

In a building breeze, Race 2 saw the balance restored as the big guns dominated the front of the fleet where they jostled for positions. Scott Babbage took the win from Dave Lister, racing on a boat he both designed and built, followed by Pete Burling, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge. Only a few seconds separated the front group of boats who were still capable of lapping the back markers in the two-lap race.

By the time the day’s final race got underway the 13-15 knot breeze had swung around to the east and the course had to be re-laid and lengthened to allow for the extra speed of the boats. It was frustrating for those sailors at the top end of the course who had to deal with plenty of seaweed issues. A fishing boat managed to hook race leader Pete Burling, which resulted in him losing a number of valuable places. Dave Lister got the gun ahead of Josh McKnight, Scott Babbage, Nathan Outteridge and Pete Burling.

More challenges await the fleet with a gusty and shifty northerly wind predicted for tomorrow together with 40 degree temperatures.

Click here for full results>>>

Lulu Roseman

No comments: