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The second day of the 2016 Laser State Championships at GBYC Busselton

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By: Rick Steuart


The beginning of the day was great with an average 8 to 10 knots sweeping over the course from the East. The fleets were sent away with some great gusts being utilized as they worked their way up to the top mark with the leaders making the top without much difficulty. In the radials Richard Maher on Reach Around made it to the top mark with Conor Nicholas in hot pursuit. Zoe Thomson found the first leg to her liking as well and continued on in that vein for the rest of the day.

The second race began with the radials sent off on a light easterly that promptly started to die and any one who went south found themselves stranded. Those who went north picked up the last of the easterly and did well while those in the middle struggled to keep moving. It led to some interesting finishes as the first two or three radial boats who rounded the top mark in the second race were able to use the breeze as it picked up again and stay in front for the rest of the second race. The 4.7’s were less fortunate and started with an AP for the 4.7’s and they were sent off again minutes later. The Full Rigs were also beset with an AP while the breeze swung around into the south and the change of course advice went out to get the last two fleets onto different tracks. An unexpected win by Marcus Fisk in the Radials, who picked the breeze line to begin and was never headed.

Racing finished around 4.30 pm with a heart felt sigh of relief by all and sundry as the boats flowed across the finish line and from then onto the shore.

The results from the second day were as follows.

In the radials Conor Nicholas is still locked head to head with Caelin Winchcombe with both on 12 points. If Conor had chosen to go north at the start, there may have been a different outcome to the second race. Still it’s a big six to drop. Richard Maher is backing up in third place with Sam King from Tasmania climbing up the ladder. In the girls Zoe Thomson has eased ahead of Elyse Ainsworth with some good sailing on these light days.

In the full rigs, Mark Wong is enjoying a one point lead over Alistair Young, but James Stewart is sitting two points back, having claimed his first bullet for the regatta ready to pounce on any mistakes. Lachy Gilham is in a near fourth spot. In the masters David Whait leads both John Roberson and Bruce Utting who are separated by a point and there are a bunch of masters waiting for any of the three to make a mistake.

The 4.7’s overnight leader Josh Pang has been relegated to fourth following a bad fourth race when he essentially dropped out of contention. In his place Rome Featherstone put in back to back bullets to break the deadlock he had on second spot with Finn O’Dea, and even though Finn had an average performance for the last race he still ended up a little better off to retain third spot. The girls however have started to churn over and Geordie Sicree has shot to the top of the tree in the girl’s lists with a 4 point lead over Hailey Johnson who again is five points ahead of yesterday’s leader Bee Allison.

Monday mornings sailing promises for a good easterly breeze.

Rick Steuart




Images as described;


K5RS 0719 Jackson Porter with the Busselton Jetty as backdrop.
K5RS 0752 Mark Wong hiking. 
K5RS 0791 Zoe Thomson with Tristan Brown in hot pursuit. 
K5RS 0813 Rome Featherstone “follow the leader” 
K5RS 0820 Conor Nicholas leading Jackson Porter into the mark

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