Gotta Love It 7 takes another win
Gotta Love It 7 took the lead soon after the start and was never headed over the north-east course to score a 25 second victory from Michael Coxon’s Fiat, with defending champion Macquarie Real Estate (Micah Lane) just eight seconds further back in third place.
Adam Beashel’s Club Marine finished fourth, followed by Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) and Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning).
With half the championship now completed Gotta Love It 7 holds a clear lead on five points, followed by Rag & Famish in second place on ten points. Club Marine is third on 14 points.
Macquarie Real Estate holds fourth position on 15 points, Ssangyong Yandoo 17 and Omega Smeg (Trevor Barnabas) on 21.
Pure Blonde (James Francis) won the start but Gotta Love It 7 took over midway up the windward beat to the Beashel Buoy.
Jarvin and his team led by 30 seconds at the windward buoy with Fiat in second place, followed by Omega Smeg, Asko 2 (Ian Henderson), Macquarie Real Estate, Pure Blonde, Club Marine and Ssangyong Yandoo.
Gotta Love It 7 retained their lead on the downwind legs back to Double Bay but her margin had been halved by Fiat which was now only trailing by 15 seconds.
Macquarie Real estate gained two placings to move in to third ahead of Club Marine, Omega Smeg, Ssangyong Yandoo and Rag & Famish.
The ‘ 7’ crew covered Fiat on the next windward leg and regained her 30 second margin as the pair turned for the downwind leg down the middle of the course. Macquarie gained to be just one boat length behind Fiat at that point.
From there to the finish Gotta Love It 7 had little difficulty in retaining a comfortable lead.
Former national champion Hugh Stodart ( Asko Appliances) won race one of the series but every thing has been downhill since then.
Stodart and his team were sailing well in the lead in race two before having a spectacular capsize which saw them finish in sixth place. Following that race they were disqualified after a protest.
Today was no better when they capsized soon after the start and had to battle hard to get back for a ninth placing – some four minutes behind the winners.
Races four and five of the championship will be sailed next weekend.