Please select your home edition
Edition
Grapefruit 2017 728x90

iSail Whitsundays Contender Worlds at McCrae Yacht Club - Day 1

by VR Sport Media 21 Jan 17:28 GMT 21-25 January 2018
Day 1 – Race 1 start – iSail Whitsundays Contender World Championships © VR Sport Media

The atmosphere has changed since the pre Worlds Australian Nationals at McCrae Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula - tension is in the air and the boat park was quiet with last minute tweaks to eke out a few more fractions of speed for Day One.

Peter Merritt, Principal Race Officer, took the fleet left to Rosebud in search of wind and promptly started the first race with 90 boats and six World Champions. The usual Australian suspects, Jason Beebe (AUS 2482), Mark Bulka (AUS 2457) and Jono Neate (AUS 2652) rounded the windward mark in quick succession stretching ahead to battle to the finish.

Jason lead for most of the race until the last downwind gate when the split came with Mark - AUS 2482 went right and AUS 2457 left. Nip and tuck until the finish covering each other allowing the 2016 World Champion, local McCrea YC sailor, Mark Bulka to take the bullet. Jono Neate quietly sailing in clear air took second with Jason Beebe bringing up the rear in third.

The planned second race was abandoned due to lack of wind but tomorrow is looking perfect conditions for three back to back races.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoSkipperClubR1Pts
1AUS 2457Mark BulkaMcCrae YC11
2AUS 2652Jono NeateMornington YC22
3AUS 2482Jason BeebeRQYS33
4AUS 2408Jan ScholtenAvalon SC44
5AUS 2571Scott CunninghamMcCrae YC55
6AUS 2502Anthony NashDavey's Bay YC66
7AUS 2670Matt MulderBalmoral SC77
8GBR 2439Gary LangdownHighcliffe SC88
9AUS 2380Geoff FisherDPSS99
10AUS 2468Callum BurnsBlairgowrie YS1010
11ITA 11Andrea BonezziSCM1111
12AUS 2237Simon BarwoodRFBYC1212
13AUS 2578Andre WebsterCanberra YC1313
14AUS 2575Dan KohlmanMcCrae YC1414
15GER 2438Markus MaisenbacherWassersportverein Hemelingen1515
16AUS 2323Clay CookRFBYC1616
17GBR 716Richard FranksWeston SC1717
18NED 2582Rene HeynenMaas en Roer1818
19NED 26Enno KramerRoei en Zeil Vereninging Gouda1919
20AUS 2560Jeff OwenMcCrae YC2020
21GBR 2383David DaviesLoch Ryan SC2121
22GBR 2618Nick NobleBristol Corinthian YC2222
23ITA 2561Antonio LambertiniYCD2323
24AUS 2680Lindsay IrwinBlack Rock YC2424
25GBR 2449Rob SmithCastle Cove SC2525
26AUS 2681Thomas VincentMcCrae YC2626
27AUS 2437Scott MunroMcCrae YC2727
28GER 551Christoph HomeierSVGO2828
29AUS 2517Jonathan VandervoortTeralba Amateur SC2929
30AUS 2142Tim DorningBlairgowrie YS3030
31AUS 2577Paul CohenCanberra YC3131
32AUS 2614Rob StentaM16FSSC3232
33GBR 678Tommy HootonBurton SC3333
34AUS 2651Dean TaylorBlairgowrie YS3434
35AUS 2204Michael MacdonaldMcCrae YC3535
36AUS 2665Paul WilsonBYS3636
37AUS 2375Garrath JamesBlairgowrie YS3737
38AUS 2320Chris JonesRoyal Geelong YC3838
39AUS 2174Mathew VandervoortTeralba SC3939
40AUS 2518Joseph RandallMcCrae YC4040
41GBR 2420Simon MussellHighcliffe SC4141
42GBR 2572Ed PresleyCotswold SC4242
43AUS 2360Scott WatsonMcCrae YC4343
44ITA 40Luca BonezziCanottieri Mincio Mantova4444
45AUS 2668Jonathan HardingBlairgowrie YS4545
46AUS 2562Andrew ButlerRoyal Geelong YC4646
47GER 2400Thomas WietingWVH Wassersportverein Hemelingen4747
48CAN 2525Stephanie MahOuter Harbour Centreboard Club4848
49AUS 2565John LindholmBlairgowie YS4949
50GBR 630James SpikesleyNetley SC5050
51AUS 2208Pat MooreSomers YC5151
52GBR 2522Chris BoshierThorpe Bay YC5252
53GER 2527Dirk MuellerSKWB5353
54AUS 2666Michael HughesMcCrae YC5454
55AUS 1753Thomas YoungCanberra YC5555
56AUS 2548Alister DanksBlairgowrie YS5656
57AUS 2411Andrew ChurcherMcCrae YC5757
58AUS 2617Matthew TrigloneManly SC5858
59AUS 2530Iain LarkinsROYAL FRESHWATER BAY YC5959
60GBR 712Rodger WhiteKing George SC6060
61AUS 1752Ned LindholmBlairgowie YS6161
62SUI 92Jacqueline RufenachtThunersee YC6262
63AUS 1483Andrew ChisholmB and SYC6363
64AUS 2136Ian BowmanRQYS6464
65NED 2Mark ThorborgKMJC6565
66GBR 666Bill HootonBurton SC6666
67NED 2630Pim LangendijkWV Braassemermeer6767
68AUS 2542Chris BattyBlairgowrie YS6868
69AUS 2650Steven JohannessenMcCrae YC6969
70AUS 2207James TaylorBlairgowrie YS7070
71AUS 2263Richard BattenMudeford SC7171
72AUS 2167Toby BathMcCrae YC7272
73AUS 2441Ian KirkwoodBSYC7373
74AUS 2165Sian HardingBlairgowrie YS7474
75AUS 2349Stephen IannaTeralba Amateur SC7575
76AUS 3John McLeanDarling Point SS7777
77AUS 1306Jeremy EdlestonBYS7878
78AUS 1364James MeggisonBalmoral SC7979
79AUS 2284Darrell FaulknerFrankston YC8080
80AUS 1327Jamie TaylorBlairgowrie YSSCP80
81AUS 2109Brian Carroll 8181
82AUS 2649Neil WhitakerMcCrae YC8282
83AUS 1329Luke MairsWhitsunday SC8383
84NED 2637Cees de GruijterGWV de Vrijbuiter8484
85AUS 226Glenn DaltonHumpybong YC8585
86AUS 2176Hugo TaylorBlairgowrie YS8686
87AUS 2616Adrian MulcahyBlairgowrie YS8787
88AUS 1246Mark YoungCanberra YC8888
89AUS 2667Craig SmithBlairgowrie YSDNF91
90AUS 2600Steve WilsonRoyal Queensland YSDNS91
Land Rover BAR Cap
REPORT OF THE MONTH SPONSORED BY Report of the Month sponsored by Henri Lloyd Nominate this article for report of the month for your chance to WIN a Land Rover BAR Cap for yourself and the author of the report that receives the most votes. Just fill in the form below!
Your name

Your email address

Why do you like this report?



Related Articles

iSail Whitsundays Contender Worlds overall
The 'Grand Finale' between Bulka and Beebe The 'Grand Finale' between the two mighty Contenders - Mark Bulka and Jason Beebe. Posted on 25 Jan
iSail Whitsundays Contender Worlds day 4
Bulka dominates the penultimate day What a fight for the Contender Worlds at McCrae Yacht Club. Mark Bulka dominated the penultimate day with two back-to-back wins, but Jason Beebe won't let go of his title just yet. Posted on 24 Jan
iSail Whitsundays Contender Worlds day 3
Everyone expected the duel between Bulka and Beebe - well they have it! Two points separating them after the discard came into play after Day Three of the Contender Worlds hosted by McCrae Yacht Club, Australia. Local sailor, Mark Bulka, had a blistering day on the water with a first and second Posted on 23 Jan
iSail Whitsundays Contender Worlds day 2
Beebe dominating the competition and big start lines Jason Beebe, current World Champion, is dominating the competition and big start lines. Stretching his overall lead with 7th, 1st and 2nd providing him with a valuable four point difference from fellow Aussie, Scott Cunningham. Posted on 22 Jan
Snakes!
Or as Corporal Fraser would say, "We're all doomed" The working title of pt.2 of this three part series was 'Snakes' – with pt.3 then being 'Ladders'. Together with pt.1, 'I am not a number', the contention is that small boat sailing has undergone changes that are only now making themselves truly apparent. Posted on 22 Jan
Soho Lawyers Australian Contender Championship
Aussies start strong ahead of the Worlds in Melbourne The Melbourne weather played games with competitors in the 2018 Soho Lawyers Australian International Contender Championship. Posted on 20 Jan
Contender Worlds Australian Championship preview
87 entries from eight countries set for McCrae Yacht Club Currently 87 entries from eight countries make this the largest International Contender Worlds to be held in the southern hemisphere and with six world champions along with numerous top five finishers the competition on the water will be fierce. Posted on 3 Jan
Winter news from the Lennon team
Racewear, Sails and Thinnair update Win a pair of Merino Base Layer Shorts! Also testing of the highly anticipated Moth design THINNAIR is ongoing. Hull #2 is sailing with all the mods to the wings and deck layout. Posted on 8 Dec 2017
Contender Inlands at Rutland
Final event of the UK Travellers Series The final event of the UK Travellers Series took place on the weekend of the 28th and 29th October at Rutland Sailing Club, which also included the Contender Inland Championship. Posted on 6 Nov 2017
Contenders last stand
Inlands at Rutland on 28-29 October Yes, it's that time again. 2017 has flown past, with the Contender TT Series starting way back in March at Burton Water Sailing Club. Since then we have visited a number of sailing clubs up and down the UK. Posted on 19 Oct 2017