Friday, January 11, 2013

Moth Carnage - Zhik/CST Composites Australian Championships - Day 5

Friday was probably the best sailing conditions for the whole regatta with a 12- 16 knot easterly blowing. Generally the fleet was well behaved with the odd general and individual recall. The top guys were really flying, doing the 1.9 km beat in less than seven minutes and the downwind leg in around three minutes.
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
Pete Burling (1, 6, 1, 1) and Scott Babbage (2, 2, 3, 2) dominated the racing today with both sailors scoring nine points for the day. With his boat holding together Nathan Outteridge scored the third best result with 18 points (4, 4, 6, 4) followed by Andrew MacDougall on 19 points (8, 1, 8, 3).
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
Unfortunately there were a couple of big crashes, many of which involved damage to boats and equipment, however the worst incident occurred when Rod Winter (Nathan Outteridge’s uncle) cut his face cut open above his lip when he collided with the stay wires in a capsize.
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
After being taken off the water in a rescue boat, he was then transported to hospital in an ambulance. X-rays and a lot of stitches followed before Rod was eventually released, however he won’t be able to go sailing for a while.
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
After the third race was completed, the race committee decided to hold one more race for the day as the weather forecast for the final day did not look promising. Most sailors, even though they were tired, were happy to race one more time, as the breeze was still good.
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
One notable exception was A-Mac who spat his dummy and gave the race officers a big spray (something about senior citizen concessions). This must have fired him up, as he lead for most of the final race, only to slip back a little at the end to hang on to a 3rd place.
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
With only one race left in the 15 race program, Pete Burling cannot be beaten for first place nor can Scott Babbage be beaten for 2nd. Josh McKnight is in 3rd place and the only one that can catch him is Joe Turner, who is four points behind.
Photo: Kingsley Forbes-Smith
The final race is scheduled to start at 1:00pm Saturday followed by a presentation dinner later that evening.

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Tony Outteridge

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