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Australian Sharpie Championships at Queensland - Day 4

by Clare Murray 3 Jan 2012 10:15 GMT 29 December 2011 - 5 January 2012

Blur has again had an impressive day with another first place at the 69th Sharpie National Championships on day three of racing. Conditions at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron were light and shifty with 8 to 14 knots from the south east.

Racing was extremely close with Blur overtaking local boat Barracuda on the beat up to the finish line. Barracuda, who are sitting at seventh place overall in the series had led the race until the last mark.

"We were dominating the fleet early on and were extending the lead at every leg until the finish when the wheels fell off a little bit." Crew of Barracuda John Warlow said. "Blur sailed very well."

When asked about the end of the race, skipper of Barracuda Ray King described their opponents' advantage as, "Superior brain skills at the final jibe mark."

"They went a little bit further before they jibed and he had a better angle to the line. The breeze died towards the end. He went up and we went down and he got us. Well done to him."

Skipper of Blur, Malcolm Higgins, was really pleased with their result today. "We had a good day today with a close race. We didn't have a very good start and were a bit behind up the first beat but we managed to work our way though. It was very shifty today so that was quite a challenging race."

Racing at RQYS continues tomorrow.

For race results visit www.rqys.com.au/index.php/69th-sharpie-australian-championship

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