Australian Championship Day 2
(Report data by Roc Ottaway. Images by Tracey Ayris)
Day 2 of the Flying 15 National Championships at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron saw the successful running of Races 3 and 4.
Race 3 was windward / leeward course with two return laps at 200 degrees and the distance of 1 nautical mile. Weather conditions were ideal for F15 racing. The wind was warm at 10 to 12 knots with a moderate swell. All boats got clear start with no recalls. As the race progressed the fleet gradually spread out. First to round the lee mark were Glamour Buoys (Greg Leaversuch, RFBYC), Firefly (Philippa Packer, RFBYC) and Tuffan Up (David Yu, RFBYC). The wind gradually dropped during the race causing the fleet to further separate. First, second and third places went to Glamour Buoys (Greg Leaversuch, RFBYC), Firefly (Philippa Packer, RFBYC) and Tuffan Up (David Yu, RFBYC). A protest was lodged during the race which resulted in a disqualification to Faffin (Carl Pettersson, SoPYCF). The course for Race 4 was a loop, triangle, loop. The wind had gone around to 210 degrees and dropped to about 9 knots. A number of yachts were a little too eager get a good start and a general call resulted.
All yachts were better behaved for the second start. Fforeigner (Simon Lucas, PRSC) had to withdraw after breaking a spreader. The first yachts to round the first lee mark were Ineffable (Nick Jerwood, SOPYC), Tuffan Up (David Yu, RFBYC) and Ark (David Tabb). These boats maintained the positions the second time around the lee mark. The breeze increased to about 13 knots and causing a few position changes. On the podium for Race 4 were Ineffable (Nick Jerwood, SOPYC) first, Tuffan Up (David Yu, RFBYC) second and Firefly (Philippa Packer, RFBYC) third.
Ineffable (Nick Jerwood, SOPYC) currently leads the series ahead of Tuffan Up (David Yu, RFBYC). The regatta runs from 31st December to 5th January and race results can be found here …