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Team Spirit - Life and leadership on one of the world's toughest yacht races by Brendan Hall
 Team Spirit - Life and leadership on one of the world's toughest yacht races by Brendan Hall

ARYA Australian Marblehead National Championship - Day 2

by Robert Gavin 23 Feb 2018 17:32 GMT 12-24 February 2018
Day 2 - Race start - ARYA Australian Marblehead National Championship © Robert Gavin

Day two of the ARYA Marblehead National Championships was a fascinating study in fleet racing by some of Australia's best radio sailors.

While Scott Condie stole day one, and effectively the championships, day two was a much more even affair with some very close racing and the lead changing several times through most races.

Andrew Reid, Scott Fleming, Robb Kirwan and Greg Torpy all showed great skills throughout the day with Kirwan logging five wins and four seconds – it's a pity he had gear difficulties on the first day!

Not to be outdone, Scott Condie recorded four wins, three seconds and three thirds even though he went through a lacklustre period mid morning when he couldn't seem to take a trick.

The day commenced with locals Lisa Blackwood and John Cole-Cook in second and third, but the Tasmanian contingent faded under the pressure of the interstate skippers. At the end of the day Ray Joyce was the best placed Tasmanian in fourth with Jeff Byerley in fifth and John Cole-Cook in sixth.

The top three are well ahead of any rivals, and each is separated by fair margins – so it is a safe bet that Scott Condie will take out this year's championship with Andrew Reid and Scott Fleming filling in the other places respectively.

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