Monday, January 7, 2013

Mirsky Wins Etchells Syd Corser Regatta - Perth. Western Australia

The third day of the Syd Corser Regatta started where the second day had left off with the promise of more breeze but without any delivery. Racing was scheduled to kick off 11:00am and after four attempts by the race committee to set a course things finally got underway two hours later. 
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
When race four finally got underway after a general recall Michael Manford was quick to pounce on an early opportunity. Starting near the pin end of the line he crossed the fleet on port to set up a handy lead and worked his way up the centre of the course, along with five or six others.  The remainder of the fleet stuck to the corners, and although the port tackers came out slightly better than those who took the long leg on starboard, both groups lost ground on those who worked the shifts down the centre.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
At the first top mark, Manford enjoyed a narrow lead over John Bertrand and Matthew Chew, with Raymond Smith, David Healey and Torvar Mirsky all well placed. At the top mark the second time, Manford had extended his lead but the group behind him had bunched up, making for an exciting final leg to the downwind finish line.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
Manford won well, ahead of Bertrand, followed by Chew, Healey, and Mirsky, who consolidated his place at the head of the leaderboard by finishing one place ahead of Thornburrow.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks
After his promising finish in Race 4, Bertrand got involved in a start line collision in the next race which he was exonerated from with a penalty turn and found himself at the back of the fleet in light winds, very hot weather, and virtually no way out.  Having already missed the first day of the regatta, he elected to retire. He was joined by Michael Manford, who was also well back in the early part of the race.
Photo: Bernie Kaaks

Peter Chappell, Torvar Mirsky and Alistair McMichael all began well, taking out the podium places in Race 5. With the breeze now almost non-existent, the race committee wisely decided to pull up stumps and declare the regatta finished.

Results after five races:

1. Chilli Plum 9pts Torvar Mirsky/Steve Thomas/Nick Davis/Justin Wong
2. Racer X 14pts Mark Thornburrow/Andy Service/Bucky Smith/Simon Cooke
3. 1382 15pts Peter Chappell/Graeme Johnson/David Castles
4. The Croc 20pts Michael Manford/Dean McAullay/Nicholas Gray
5. Gen XY 22pts Matthew Chew/Brian Donovan/Bill Cuneo/Ashley Deeks
6. Dawn Raid 26pts Jake Gunther/John Collingwood/Graeme Spence

Bernie Kaaks

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