Similar conditions met us today as compared to yesterday, with a light breeze bringing out the A Rigs for everyone.
Fourteen competitors sailed today, in what was a very good test for the 2021 Nationals as far as more congested start lines and course distances.
We got 8 races in before lunch break, and with a quick tally up,we saw that Lisa Blackwood and Mat Gray were tied for the lead, with Mike Hickman just one point off in third.
Following lunch, the wind increased and there was a change to B rig for all competitors, with some great racing ensuing. Great fun surfing the waves downwind and getting used to when to time the tacks into the wind. Some made the transition on controlling a fun yacht that had little momentum with it, and others paid dearly throughout the day as their skills were tested.
Although not in the top three at lunch time, Stu Dawes was not far away, and following lunch, he put in a masterful display to pass all those in front of him to run out the 2021 winner of the 42 Degrees South Regatta, on 33 points. Those who were in front before lunch, struggled a bit more after, but Lisa Blackwood was able to hold second place, with 47 points, with Mike Hickman taking third on 54 points.
Thanks to all the competitors. A trying day for some, but an enjoyable days sailing overall.
A big thanks must go to the people who helped the day happen, our Pro and officials. Les, for again takin the time to Pro the day for us (second day in a row), Rod Marshall for providing fantastic assistance to Les, and Peter Sylvester for his help in the afternoon.
Great work to all the competitors over the last two days. Two long days sailing and all the yachts presented in such condition that the rescue dinghy was not required once. Correct yacht maintenance goes a long way.
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