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Flying Fifteen Australian Championships at Mornington Yacht Club - Day 4

by Jonny Fullerton 6 Jan 03:04 GMT 1-6 January 2018
Flying Fifteen Australian Championships at Mornington YC - Day 4 © Sonja Dowdle

A light day on Port Philip on the penultimate day of racing at the Flying Fifteen Australian Championship, shuffled up the pack a bit with some of the leaders suffering double digit scores. However Matt Owen and Andrew Reed (Canberra YC) have one hand on the trophy moving 16 points clear of the competition with a bad forecast for the final day of racing.

The windward/leeward courses were used to both of today's races and it was a tactical day for Craig and John Rainey from Great Lakes YC to shine. The Rainey's sailed well in the light airs to win race seven and take fourth in race eight to move up the leaderboard into third on the podium.

The Rainey's summed up their performance: "The conditions suited our light weights, we have been coached by Ricky Riggs in the UK and he is the man who has helped us in this stuff. We started just down from the boat with clear air, and worked up to the first mark to lead the race and managed to lead everybody around the course."

The other surprise package was newcomers Stephen Fries and Richard Machin from Sandringham YC, who were observed to be sailing with quite a different technique in the light airs with crew weight well forward and slightly healed to leeward. It clearly worked as they also scored fourth and won the last race of the day.

Overnight runaway leaders Matt Owen and Andrew Reed had a day to forget by their high standards, using up both their discards (8,12). Second placed overall, John Wilson and Matthew Summers suffered a similar experience scoring (6,12). Sue Thompson and Cameron Taylor who were going great guns suffered their worst day using both discards (11,24), allowing the Rainey's to move up to third overall.

Strong northerlies are forecast for the final day of racing so we have to wait and see if anyone can catch the flying Canberra boys.

Results after Day 4: (8 races, 2 discards)

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
14023Cool ChangeMatt Owen211211[8][12]8
23989FFastJohn Wilson[12]62324[21]724
33880Where the bloody helCraig Rainey[9]57[20]461427
44007FFSue Thompson334963[11][24]28
54053Phar LapDavid Swan683[10]55[9]229
63972SakeAshley Smith57[11]18113[36B]35
73919FforgetfulJeni Danks7[9]64[10]96335
83651Surprise by GiverStephen Fries84[14][16]1484139
93890The Flying FlamingoLewis Davies1325[14]72[14]1039
103968lapse of realityPeter Milne[19.5]11105375[14]41
113743Spot The DifferenceGreg Tonnison1[14][16]1113132646
123554Onya!Andrew Coutts10[21][17]6.51217121168.5
133611Ten Pound NoteTrevor Williams41218[19]171010[19]71
143979ExbratsOliver Merz21158.56.5[36R]16[22]875
153905OxfactorMichael Oxley17168.5129[36Q]13[20]75.5
163881EndorffinDavid Streader151015[22]15[19]19579
173854FflashpointPeter Rooke11[20]1381814[25]1579
183930Aussie FalconDale Collings16[17]1217[22]12171387
193856Reliance ffenty ffooPhil Parish1413[19]13[19]15181790
203984FaffinCarl Pettersson1818[20]1816[20]15994
213941ArkMarc Read[22]19[22]1511182021104
223964FforeignerSimon Lucas[24]22[23]212022716108
233259Eagle EyeKaren Dawes19.5[25][25]2323212425135.5
243657Super SnabbMatthew Mitchell30292924[32][36C]1618146
253586FFoxy 111Julia Schwarz2823[36S][32]21242328147
263991Ffancy ClassiqueJohn Midolo23[28][27]2526232626149
273710SnaffuPaul Young[32]2621[31]24272923150
283662ffat ChanceIan Robertson28[36R]242729[36F]2722157
293309Clockwork 7Mick Swales[28]2428282725[33]27159
303816Flying BlindTom Seymour31[36R]26262826[32]29166
313238FidelityShane Davies2630[31][33]25282830167
323262Fast ForwardEd Brewis25273029[36O]30[31]31172
33962AffroditeTim Cobb33[36F]33303029[36C]33188
343442Lean & MeanDoug Bell[34]31323431[36F]3032190
353931Wow!Michael Clark[36F][36C]3436C36C36S36C36C214
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