Fourth victory for Press
Nick Press and Andrew Stephenson sealed the title today with a win in Race 9, much to the delight of Murray Press, who flew up to Brisbane to watch his son take his fourth 12ft skiff Interdominions in a row.
Press and Stephenson didn’t have it all their way in Race 8, when a light wind start put them back in the pack. But they fought through to a respectable third place after the wind filled in to make it a glamour 3rd rig day. The wind god has certainly given the fleet a bit of everything this year.
CST Composites had a blindingly fast first windward in the light stuff, beating Harsco Infrastructure by a few boat lengths, until a broken gooseneck ended their day. Harsco romped in for a 7th.
As the wind filled, a few boats lost control in the lumpy Waterloo Bay waters, including As Good As It Gets being swallowed up while in third place. C-tech/Little Bus showed a clean set of heels in Race 8 once they took the lead to take the win. Garde displayed good consistency to finish second with Gemmell Sails rounding out the top three.
The lads on Variety mistakenly tied in their 2nd rig kite and had to do a mad dash back to the club to get the smaller spinnaker. Fortunately, the fleet was too eager and a general recall gave them the time to get back in the game.
Some of event title sponsor, Harsco Infrastructure’s, representatives took to the water, showing their support from the spectator boat.
Race 9, the wind filled further and the racing at the front was tight. Gemmell Sails started fast and kept everyone at bay with a flawless display of windy skiff sailing. Frankenskiff, sailed by Tim 'the Guru' Bartlett and Adam Miller hit a turtle and ripped off their rudder pintles. The racing was ferocious and boats all down the fleet were changing places constantly. Garde and C-tech Performance rounded out the top three. Special mention should be made of the guys who took their second rigs for a burn and Absolute CNC for doing it in style with 6th and a 5th placed finishes.
Miners went to AGAIG for a pair near the top mark while in third place.
Spinners was an audiovisual spectacle, with Robbie 'Bruno' Polec doing some fun wrestling in the valley, and his sidekick Adam Forbes videoing it.
AUS = 666
NZ = 681