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Viper 640 Worlds Practice Regatta at South of Perth Yacht Club - Day 1

by Bernie Kaaks 17 Feb 14:45 GMT 17-18 February 2018
Flying Fifteen class jumper Nick Jerwood scored a clear win in Practice Race 1 on day 1 of the Viper 640 Worlds Practice Regatta at Perth © Bernie Kaaks

Flying Fifteen supremo and former world champion Nick Jerwood, sailing with his son, match racing champion Matthew and boat owner Brian de Vries, set the pace on the first practice day on Perth's Swan River with two firsts – the second shared with Justin Scott.

A quick look at the entry list reads like a "who's who" of the yachting world, with champions from other classes scattered throughout the fleet.

Redline Racing's Alex Landwehr and Patrick Vos, with an impressive match racing pedigree on the world stage, teamed up with Sam Monkhouse to register second and sixth placings in the two races. Former world youth champion in Laser radials Conor Nicholas added some local knowledge to Justin Scott's team – good enough to share first place with Jerwood in race 2.

Former dinghy champions Rod Beurteaux and Denis Jones, Laser champion Zoe Thomson and the much travelled Graeme Spence all added a touch of glamour to the Viper fleet, which already has many illustrious names in its ranks.

Today's racing was in very light conditions, but with a cyclone now active on the north west coast of Western Australia, weather in the south of the State is going to be unpredictable during the next week or so, making for some interesting times on Perth's Swan River.

Hosts South of Perth Yacht Club have put together a strong team, headed by Tasmanian Race Officer Nick Hutton, to manage the event and has planned a few interesting social activities to keep visitors entertained.

Practice Day 2 is due tomorrow, with racing proper scheduled to begin on Monday.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperCrewCrew.Crew 3R1R2Pts
1AUS272STEAL DE BREEZENick JerwoodBrian DeVriesMatt Jerwood 11.52.5
2AUS278ATHERISMurray Howson   437
3AUS118HISSTERIAAlex LandwehrPatrick VosSam Monkhouse 268
4USA237MAMBO KINGSJustin ScottJimmy StewartLuke Elliot 81.59.5
5AUS113DONT FORGET ALICEPeron PearseEthan Brough  5914
6AUS280NOTHING TOO SERIOUSRod BeurteauxJon StubbsRupert Leslie 7714
7AUS218BITE MEMichael CameronJake FlintoffTravis Keay 31215
8AUS198VFORCEMark GriffithJohn LearmonthRichard Stainton 61117
9AUS112FIZZNick LewinsMartin AttwillMichael Navarro 10818
10AUS116VELOCITYJohn ParkSeamus Mulholland PaTony Johnson 15520
11AUS217HIGHLANDERMartin WebsterSam GilmourShannon WrightZoe Thompson91423
12CAN288OSHUNMARESteve ChapmanChristophe LedentWarren Walhaug 141024
13AUS216YOU GET IN THE BOWLDenis JonesColin SpenceGraeme Spence 111324
14AUS215GREY NOMADChris O'KeefeChris Crew Gilmou deKim Leunig 121729
15GBR274HISSING SIDLawrence CrispinHector CisnerosLuka Crispin 26C430
16AUS197FLYTerry Riley   161834
17AUS114FANGStephen dines   172138
18AUS279HISSING IN THE WINDGraeme MonkhouseHeather MonkhouseJames WilliamsRobbie Stout1326B39
19AUS281GREEN MAMBAKeith SwintonArlyn MattinsonBen MarlerBruce Mattinson201939
20AUS139CALIBRE RACINGApril JorgensenAdam ShandDanielle HodgkinsonJayson Oates192039
21AUS117KISS MY ASPTerry Foster   182240
22290RAFIKIAlex SchonBo SzalekGreg Plunkett 26C1541
23USA118FLIGHT RISKTony ChapmanNigel BrownetteTim Carter 26C1642
24TBDBRITS & YANKSPaul Young Craig & D   26C26C52
24GBR275P ‑ POPSEYDavid HitchcockIan NicholsonJulian Bleddyn 26C26B52

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