Australian OK Dinghy Championships - Day 1

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Mark Roberts, Wangi Wangi, Lake Macquarie, NSW, Saturday, 29 December 2012

Having been kept ashore for the invitation race due to strong winds, today saw the International OK Dinghy Class on the water for the start of the 51st Australian Championships being hosted by Wangi RSL Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie.

In an easterly breeze of between five and eight knots PRO Tony Outteridge sent the fleet away on a clean start. It’s not hard to see why this body of water has produced some of Australia’s top sailors in the likes of Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen. Negotiating not so subtle shifts of 10 to 20 degrees and breeze lines that seemingly were without rhyme or reason made for a frustrating first beat. That was not the case though for light wind specialists Bruce Ashton, Tim Davies and Peter Robinson who relished the conditions and found themselves leading at the top mark. On the reaches Mark Jackson also came into the fray with the same four changing places to the bottom mark. The chess game continued up the next work with Peter Robinson stealing the lead and holding the rest of the trailing pack at bay for the remainder of the race. At the end not more than 11 seconds separated the top three.

By race 2 the breeze had kicked up a notch or two to be in the eight to ten knot window. With the increased breeze though came more aggressive shifts. Negotiating the conditions best on this occasion was Mark Roberts, International OK President Andre Blasse and former national champion Mark Jackson. By the top mark these three had managed to open up a break on the following pack with Roberts rounding first with a healthy lead to Blasse and then Jackson. By the end of the triangle downwind flyer Mark Jackson was able to get past Roberts and Blasse to lead on the start of the second lap. By the top of the next upwind leg current Australian champion Mike Williams was chasing the leading pack with Peter Horne and local Mark Skelton not far behind. On the downwind run Andre Blasse and Mark Jackson were able to open up a 30 second break leaving Mark Roberts to battle with Mike Williams and Peter Horne with the three not more than a few boat lengths apart and regularly changing positions all the way to the bottom mark.

Up the last work Mark Jackson and Andre Blasse engaged in a battle with each trying to get the upper hand. At the end Blasse, with a bit more speed, was able to able to reel in Jackson and cross a mere two seconds in front. Just behind the second battle was just as intensive with Williams, Skelton, Horne and Roberts crossing tacks in the last 500 metres. Finally it was a very well sailed Peter Horne who managed to squeeze out the rest crossing the line in third with Skelton fourth followed by Williams and Roberts.

Series Results [One Design ET] up to Race 2
Place
Ties
Sail No
Boat Name
Skipper
From
Sers Score
Race 2
Race 1
1
 
AUS735
Invictus
M Jackson
xx
6.0
2.0
4.0
2
 
AUS739
Don't Poke the Bear
T Davies
WASC
9.0
7.0
2.0
3
1.0S
AUS729
Ironhide
A Blasse
Black Rock YC
10.0
1.0
9.0
4
3.0S
AUS733
Cracker
P Horne
Drummoyne SC
10.0
3.0
7.0
5
4.0S
AUS736
Agent Provocateur
M Skelton
WASC
10.0
4.0
6.0
6
 
AUS730
Time Machine
M Williams
Black Rock YC
10.0
5.0
5.0
7
 
AUS750
Broken Arrow
P Robinson
Drummoyne SC
11.0
10.0
1.0
8
6.0S
AUS747
Dingo
M Roberts
ASC
16.0
6.0
10.0
9
 
AUS748
ICE
P Yates
xx
16.0
8.0
8.0
10
 
AUS728
Bowfinger
B Ashton
Black Rock YC
17.0
14.0
3.0
11
 
AUS734
Cracked Pecker
E O'Donnell
WASC
22.0
9.0
13.0
12
 
AUS693
Pale Rider
D O'Donnell
WASC
23.0
11.0
12.0
13
 
AUS725
Joan's Respite
D Ketteridge
xx
24.0
13.0
11.0
14
 
AUS726
Bundy
P Lynch
WASC
30.0
12.0
18.0
15
 
AUS761
Aussie Bob
A Baker
xx
37.0
21.0
16.0
16
14.0S
AUS759
Sense and Cents
E Williams
xx
38.0
24.0
14.0
17
15.0S
AUS684
Bilbo
G Yates
WASC
38.0
23.0
15.0
18
 
AUS746
Smash Skippy
D Hunt
xx
38.0
18.0
20.0
19
15.0S
AUS704
Occasional Kudos
R Chapman
Drummoyne SC
39.0
15.0
24.0
20
 
AUS742
Mako
G Wells
WASC
39.0
16.0
23.0
21
17.0S
AUS694
Diogenes
R Furneaux
Black Rock YC
47.0
30.0
17.0
22
 
AUS727
Tight Squeeze
D Williams
xx
47.0
26.0
21.0
23
 
AUS692
Dining with the Devi
B Tyler
Drummoyne SC
49.0
22.0
27.0
24
 
AUS741
Turkish Delight
G Lokum
xx
50.0
20.0
30.0
25
17.0S
AUS610
Obscena Misdemeanour
F Janssen
xx
53.0
17.0
36.0
26
19.0S2R
AUS755
Grey Matter
S Moore
xx
53.0
19.0
34.0
27
 
AUS752
Mercury
D Parker
xx
53.0
34.0
19.0
28
 
AUS745
Metisse
S Schmidt
WASC
53.0
25.0
28.0
29
 
AUS629
OK Motion
A Parkinson
xx
54.0
32.0
22.0
30
 
AUS756
Akkadian
M Horvath
xx
60.0
28.0
32.0
31
 
AUS716
Joker
D Swales
Drummoyne SC
61.0
36.0
25.0
32
2R
AUS724
A Fine Line
F Prater
WASC
62.0
29.0
33.0
33
 
AUS703
Space Monkey
G Wakefield
Drummoyne SC
62.0
33.0
29.0
34
26.0S
AUS751
True Blue
M Wilson
WASC
64.0
38.0
26.0
35
 
AUS655
The Phantom
M Walker
WASC
64.0
27.0
37.0
36
 
AUS732
A Trifle Unbalanced
D Wade
WASC
66.0
35.0
31.0
37
 
AUS605
Azzizz Werrizz
M Fry
xx
73.0
31.0
42.0S
38
 
AUS709
Schaak
B Kerstley
xx
74.0
39.0
35.0
39
 
AUS706
Smoke on the Water
E Thompson
xx
75.0
37.0
38.0
40
 
AUS695
The Wife
J O'Donnell
WASC
79.0
40.0
39.0
41
 
AUS667
Ripsnorta
R Kemp
WASC
84.0
42.0C
42.0C

 

(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RAF S=DNS T=TLE U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)




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