Thursday, February 13, 2014

ETNZ Boys Rock A Class Worlds - Day 3 - Takapuna, New Zealand

Race Five and Six were sailed today in the heaviest conditions of the regatta so far, with the wind gusting up to 18.5 knots prior to the first race which forced the race committee to wait for several big puffs to pass through before racing commenced.
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The fleet got away into a relatively steady breeze in the 15 to 17 knot range. The Emirates Team New Zealand crew immediately broke free from the fleet, favouring the left hand side of the course. At the first rounding of the bottom mark there were two distinct fleets, the Emirates boys and the rest.
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Peter Burling led the Emirates crew and dominated the first race, finally leading his teammates Glenn Ashby and Blair Tuke across the line.
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‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going,’ is probably the only saying that fits the conditions that the competitors raced in today. Spectators were treated to a masterclass of control and speed displayed by the frontrunners.

Race Two started in a more consistent breeze which built close to the wind limit of 22 knots towards the end of the race. The boats got off to a clean start with most of the fleet again favouring the left. Peter Burling rounded the bottom mark first followed closely by Glenn Ashby and Blair Tuke,. Tuke took the right hand side of the course hoping for a shift which could allow him to pass the leaders on the beat.

By the second rounding at the bottom mark the fleet split in to two groups once more; the Emirates peloton some minutes ahead of the chasing pack.

Nathan Outteridge had another shocker of a day with a sixth and a forty eighth due thanks to a broken rudder bungee which saw him drop to ninth place overall. Many sailors would have given up, but not Nathan who sailed the entire second race with only his starboard rudder functional.

There was carnage across the fleet with damage hitting many crews. For Alexis Reeves it was armageddon when a gybe went badly wrong resulting in a broken forward beam which saw the boat split in two. The three major components of the boat were eventually rounded up, rescued and brought back to the beach. The clear consensus of the many experts gathered on the beach was that Alexis’s regatta was over.

Again the Emirates Team New Zealand crew dominated, with Glenn Ashby crossing first ahead of Blair Tuke and Ray Davies. Peter Burling ended up fifteenth after suffering a broken starboard foil on the run to the finish.

Andrew Landenberger and Mischa Heemskerk continued to impress with rock steady performances coming in fourth and fifth.

The overall results have Glenn Ashby (AUS) on 7 ahead of Blair Tuke (NZL) on 21 and Peter Burling on 22. Andrew Landenberger (AUS) also finished on 22 and Ray Davies (NZL) on 30.

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Quotes of the Day.

Ray Davies (NZL)

"It’s great to see the young guys going so well, I’m pleased to be within striking distance going into the final races."

Alexis Reeves (GBR) – The 3 piece A Class

"I gybed and dug the nose in, the port hull tried to go one way and the starboard hull tried to go the other, then forward beam broke."

Glen Ashby (AUS)

"The last race was one of those races where the finish couldn’t come quick enough."

Blair Tuke NZL

"I haven’t won one yet but I’m going a lot quicker upwind."

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