Today was yet another outstanding afternoon on Perth water with ideal conditions for racing. A 10 – 14 knot seabreeze for the duration of the eight flights created the perfect opportunity for tight match racing. Today saw the majority of the second round robin completed leaving five flights left to race.
Local skipper and Colin Mullins Regatta Qualifier, Conor Nicholas came out strong today, putting five wins on the board against high profile competition.
Team Dutch Wave and Ethan Prieto-Low had a close match in Flight 28. Prieto-Low got a penalty on Jelmer Van Beek post dial-up in the prestart. Van Beek then gained an advantage at the first top mark with a jib down dial up. These few boat lengths enabled the team to execute their penalty at the second top mark. Team Dutch Wave maintained their advantage by preventing Prieto-Low from bearing away and then were able to sail to the finish and take the win. The race was filmed live on Facebook and is available to watch HERE.
In the overall standings, top ranked DownUnder Racing skippered by Harry Price has engineered eight straight wins to cement their place in the final series. The tussle for the final three spots is between four teams: Will Boulden, Nick Egnot-Johnson, Jelmer Van Beek and Tom Grimes. Racing is going to be hot tomorrow as these five teams are scheduled to race each other to finish the round robin series. Aurelien Pierroz and Claire Costanzo also have an opportunity to make an impact on the final four in their remaining races tomorrow.