Another day of light winds and blue skies yesterday (4 June) brought successes to Australia's top boats in the Bay of Quiberon for the 18ft International championship
Another day of light winds and blue skies yesterday (4 June) brought successes to Australia’s top boats in the Bay of Quiberon for the 18ft International championship.
In race three, John Winning’s ‘Yandoo’ made a conservative start, and an excellent beat up the middle of the track saw him in the lead again at the windward mark, ahead of Tim Penfold on ‘Marlow’ who had missed the two opening races due to commitments at home. ‘Yandoo’ held the lead to the finish, and Howie Hamlin on ‘US Challenge’ again sailed well to take second place. Trevor Barnabas on ‘Omega Smeg’ was third.
Race two saw ‘Omega Smeg’ start well near the middle of the line, and then get the tactics right to round the windward mark in first position. Flemming Clausen on ‘Wempe’ maintained second place round most of the course, but was overtaken by Rob Greenhalgh on ‘RMW Marine’ at the final leeward mark, and then by ‘Sunday Telegraph’, sailed by Graham Eeles, on the short beat to the finish. The ever-consistent John Winning finished fifth.
In the light conditions prevailing in the four races sailed so far, the boats have been remarkably equal in boat speed, and those at the head of the fleet have been there entirely as a consequence of good sailing and sound tactics. With six more races in the series, there is still plenty to sail for, and it will be particularly interesting if there’s a change of conditions to stronger breezes.
1st ‘Yandoo’ – John Winning, Jack Young and Euan MacNicol (AUS)
2nd ‘US Challenge’ – Howard Hamlin, Mike Martin and Chris Cleary (USA)
3rd ‘Omega Smeg’ – Trevor Barnabas, Daniel Phillips and Rod Howell (AUS)
4th ‘RMW Marine’ – Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jon Saunt (GBR)
5th ‘Carnac Blues Point’ – Vincent Joyeux, Frederic Moreau and Jean Jaques Dubois (FRA)
6th ‘Marlow’ – Tim Penfold, Andrew James and Will Penfold (GBR)
1st ‘Omega Smeg’ – Trevor Barnabas, Daniel Phillips and Rod Howell (AUS)
2nd ‘RMW Marine’ – Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson and Jon Saunt (GBR)
3rd ‘Sunday Telegraph’ – Graham Eeles, Andy Prince and Simon Farr en (GBR)
4th ‘Wempe’ – Flemming Clausen, Michael Pedersen and Soren Clausen (DEN)
5th ‘Yandoo’ – John Winning, Jack Young and Euan MacNicol (AUS)
6th ‘White Stuff’ – Victor Brellisford, James Fawcett and Dave Smith (GBR)
Overall after 4 races (1 discard)
1st ‘Omega Smeg’, 8.7 points
2nd ‘Yandoo’, 8.7 points
3rd ‘RMW Marine’, 16.7 points
4th ‘US Challenge’, 19.0 points
5th ‘Carnac Blues Point’, 24.0 points
6th ‘Sunday Telegraph’, 26.7 points