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After a perfect morning with bright sunshine and moderate
breezes, the weather turned ugly at Sail Sydney on the final
day of the six day event from 2-7 December based at Woollahra
Sailing Club. With just 10 minutes before the afternoon session
was scheduled to start, a thunderstorm swept the harbour and
heavy rain blacked out the course. Twenty minutes later it was
gone, along with most of the wind, and the sun came out.
Out on the course racing continued, but a second front,
bringing lightning, thunder and vicious-looking skies, forced the
PRO’s hand and he called all fleets ashore. Fortunately, enough
races had been sailed in all fleets to provide a series.
As always, the Flying 11 fleet was one of the biggest and it
provided one of the best finishes. Two pairs of siblings were
locked in a battle for the top spot and it eventually came down
to a tie-breaker to decide the gold medal.
Zak and Jake Barnabas led going into the second day, but two
bullets for Stephen and Rebecca Hancock from the final day’s
four races were enough to secure the victory. Both finished on
14 points but the Hancocks won three races over the two days,
while the boys could manage just one.
The Royal Freshwater Bay pair from WA, Annabelle Davies
and Hayden Hunt, won by a handy four point margin.
The young pair from Royal Prince Alfred, trimmer Annie
Wilmot and 13-year-old skipper Natasha Bryant claimed silver
on a countback over the first male-skippered boat, Harry Lawson
and Simon Hoffman.
Alec Brodie and Xavier Winston-Smith are a new combination,
with Xavier switching from helm to crew this year owing to
a growth spurt. The pair shows a lot of promise, winning the
eight race series by a convincing six points from Finn Gilbert
and Louie Collins.
The battle for third went down to the last race. Sophie
McIntosh/Emily Summerell and Dana Tavener/Catherine Pagett
had identical scorecards, each with a first, a second, three thirds
and two fourths. By virtue of their third placing in the final race
(compared with a fourth for their rivals) McIntosh and Summerell
took the bronze medal.
Two young sailors who had an excellent regatta were Thomas
Vincent and Sean Atherton in the Laser Standard. Vincent’s
scorecard showed all firsts, seconds and thirds, recording just
eight points from six races. Atherton had three bullets and was
just two points behind, finishing clear of Lorenzo Cerretelli who
Nathan Bryant (brother of 29er Natasha) dominated the
4.7 fleet, scoring four bullets from seven races and winning
comfortably from Antony Hawk and Max Quan.
In the Open fleet, Otto Henry was a clear winner on nine
points, six ahead of Jay Karney. Karney took silver by a single
point from Cole Tapper.
In the Intermediates, it was the battle of the Daniels, with
Daniel Links beating Daniel Costandi by two points. Patrick Roos
beat Finley Scade on a countback for the bronze.
The Green Fleet is supposed to be an introduction to racing,
however, make a note of the name Garth Bickford from Hunters
Hill Sailing Club. This young bloke put together an excellent
regatta score that included one win, four second places and a
third. Others who sailed well in this division were Ryan Ewings
(who won three races), Toby Rose and Joel Beashel.
With their bright red sails, the Mirrors are always easy to
spot on the Harbour. This is a class where family combinations
are encouraged and the first four placings went to family-sailed
boats. Douglas and Charlotte Raftesath won five of the seven
races to beat Mark and Maddison Nash by three points. Richard
and Charlie Baker were three further points behind in third.
Sailing one-up in the big fleet of 29 Sabots, Henry Larkings
from the Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Club was unstoppable. He won five
of the seven races, dropping a fourth from the first day to finish
with a near perfect score of seven from six. Tahlia Phillips pipped
Jessica Swadling by a single point to take the silver.
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