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2023 Contender World Championship at Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club - Day 1

by Ed Presley 16 Jan 2023 16:07 GMT 16-20 January 2023

The 2023 Contender World Championship hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on the glorious waters of Perth's Swan River is underway.

Plenty of swims and damage, almost unsailable amounts of breeze, so of course the Contenders went out.

A strong south westerly breeze turned it on and sailors fought hard in the conditions. Coverage today was interrupted as the media rib was required for safety duties following the bottom mark carnage. All sailors safely delivered to shore, all boats safe to fight another day.

In amongst the terror, the racing remained close, Matty Mulder continuing his upward trajectory from the nationals with a bullet. Mark Bulka came back from a swim to take second with Andre Webster staying safe in third.

More information at rfbyc.asn.au/50th-contender-world-championship

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm(Nat)R1Pts
12434SOCIALLY DISTANTMatt Mulder(AUS)11
22457BALANCEMark Bulka(AUS)22
32578CEST SI BONAndre Webster(AUS)33
42237BLACK TIESimon Barwood(AUS)44
52442WILDCATPaul Green(AUS)55
62323POTHOLEJames Ellis(AUS)66
72486TRATTORE ARRABBIATOLindsay Irwin(AUS)77
82540BALANCERichard Whittaker(AUS)88
92565HECTORJohn Lindholm(AUS)99
102468PREGO PREGOCallum Burns(AUS)1010
112676EUGENEGrant Robinson(AUS)1111
1240BONEZZISAILINGLuca Bonezzi(ITA)1212
132560NO DIGGITYJeff Owen(AUS)1313
142444RETURNJohn Humphries(AUS)1414
152575KNOTPASHAJoseph Randall(AUS)1515
162482MAHEEGANKenneth Mackenzie(AUS)1616
171483SWEATY BETTYScott Wilson(AUS)1717
182AUDAXMark Thorborg(NED)1818
192136RIVA DERCIIan Bowman(AUS)1919
202494PEN15Richard Shallcross(AUS)2020
212777CENTOStephen Eshman(AUS)2121
222785HORTONJames Blackburn(NZL)2222
23=2164AGAINST ALL ODDSSteven Clarke(AUS)DNC35
23=2687BLUE GREYJohn Fickling(AUS)RET35
23=1585FLYING SOLOClinton Watkins(AUS)DNC35
23=2130FAT TULIPGene Donraadt(AUS)DNC35
23=2238NEOPNEEKeith Spencer(AUS)DNC35
23=2296SUPERTOY WOOD CONTENDBrian Carroll(AUS)DNC35
23=2518BFWAndrew Chisholm(AUS)RET35
23=2564T‑T‑T‑TOTALLY WIREDMichael Edmonds(AUS)RET35
23=2648FLIPPERNed Lindholm(AUS)RET35
23=2776LA VELOCITAIan Kirkwood(AUS)DNC35
23=24WHY NOTReinhart Klemens Opitz(GER)DNC35
23=2630NEXT BLUEPim Langendijk(NED)DNC35

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