Cocko wins day one
With a Pacific Ocean surf pounding onto the beaches of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the fleet of 85 boats enjoyed exhilarating but testing sailing as the northerly breeze freshened from 12 to 17 knots during the afternoon.
However, Coxon, steering North Sydney, had to first overtake his elder brother, former Olympian Richard Coxon, also from Sydney, who led over the first two legs of the 12 nautical mile course with The Bottle, and two other Etchells Masters skippers, John Savage, from Melbourne, steering Cobra IV and Rob Antill from Lake Macquarie , on Trekka.
At the finish, Michael Coxon finished about 40 seconds clear of Peter McNeill's Tom Pepper XVII, from Lake Macquarie, with Savage, a past two times Etchells World champion, third. Antill finished in fourth place and Richard Coxon fifth, losing the lead with a spinnaker handling problem at the end of the first downwind leg of the course.
“We had a terrible start and decided to go right in the hope of gaining some ground and we got that lucky break when the wind swung our way,” Coxon said back at Mooloolaba Yacht Club. “That helped but I think we adjusted well to the changing conditions, changing gears as the breeze freshened to take full advantage of that early lucky break.”
America’s Cup legend Dennis Conner, who won yesterday’s invitation race in Menace, placed 23rd while his former America’s Cup rival, John Bertrand, was back in 37th place at the helm of Two Saints and a Magpie.
Bertrand had been well placed on the first windward leg, but took a 720 degree turn penalty at the first mark after a racing rules infringement with former World champion Cameron Miles, sailing Pacesetter. Miles went on to finish 11th, with Bertrand losing many places in exonerating his rules breach.
Michael Coxon is shaping up as a strong contender for the World Championship, having won two of the lead-up regatta races and finishing second to Dennis Conner in the Invitation Race, Apart from the luck of the windshift, he and his crew sailed well in the testing winds today.
The Sydney sailmaker is a former America’s Cup sailor and varies his Etchells sailing by being sailing master on the super maxi ocean racer, Alfa Romeo.
Crewing with him are former Olympian Steve Jarvin and Will McCarthy, currently a member of the Alinghi crew preparing to defending the America’s Cup in 2007.
Today’s race was delayed for 25 minutes because of a major windshift, but when Principal Race Officer Arthur Hodge fired the gun the 85 boats hit the line in a perfect start.
As the leading boats neared the first windward mark, however, the wind shifted to the right, giving boats on the seaward side of the course a marked advantage, reaching into the mark, while those on the inshore side had to make several extra tacks to reach the mark.
In fact, three Masters skippers (aged over 50 years) were out in front, with Richard Coxon leading from John Savage and Rob Antill. At the end of the second beat to windward, 44-year-old Michael Coxon had edged ahead of his 59-year-old brother Richard and the other Masters while Peter McNeil also worked his way into second place.
At the finish, Michael Coxon won by a comfortable 40 seconds from McNeil, a Lake Macquarie sailmaker with Savage sailing an excellent race to retain third place, ahead of Antill, Richard Coxon and the young Brisbane sailor Jason Muir, sailing Racer XY with a crew of former Sabot champions.
Close astern of Muir came Andrew Hunn from Hobart, sailing Zulu with Chris Pratt from Adelaide sailing well to finish ninth with Squid.
Grant Wharington, the Melbourne yachtsman who pulled out of the Sydney Gold Coast ocean race with his super maxi Skandia early today to fly from Ballina on the NSW North Coast to make the start of the first race of the Etchells Worlds, had a disastrous day, finishing 49th in Satu II.
Two races are scheduled for tomorrow, but currently there is a strong wind warning for Queensland southern coastal waters that may effect racing.
|1||AUS1273||Michael Coxon, Will McCarthy & Steve Jarvin||North Sydney||1||1|
|2||AUS915||Peter McNeill, Paul Turner & Greg Torpy||Tom Pepper XVII||2||2|
|3||AUS1287||John Savage, Peter Gillon & Andrew Plympton||Masters||Cobra IV||3||3|
|4||AUS1275||Rob Antill, Jason Antill & Joel Antill||Masters||Trekker||4||4|
|5||AUS1084||Richard Coxon, David Ritchard & Tim Watkin||Masters||The Bottle||5||5|
|6||AUS874||Jason Muir, Lucas Prescott & Steve Lambourne||Racer XY||6||6|
|7||AUS1289||Andrew Hunn, Stephen McCallum & David Connor||Zulu||7||7|
|8||AUS1253||Mark Doyle, Peter Martyn-Jones & Travis Tubman||Miramar||8||8|
|9||AUS1143||Chris Pratt, Grant Evans & Nick Paterson||Squid||9||9|
|10||AUS1219||David Turton, Andrew Turton & Daryl Spicer||AUS1219||10||10|
|11||AUS509||Cameron Miles, Chris Links & David Sampson||Pacesetter||11||11|
|12||AUS865||Bruce McBriar, Tony Bond & Jeff Casley||Masters||Fast Forward||12||12|
|13||AUS1254||Julian Plante, Nick Garland, Geoffrey Bonouvrie & Matthew Day||Odyssey||13||13|
|14||AUS1117||Glenn Collings, Steve Young & Jake Gunther||Satu||14||14|
|15||GBR1175||Ted Fort, Iain Morrison & Brian Watson||Seniors||Susie||15||15|
|16||AUS832||Damien King, Simon Cunnington, Andy Butler & James Ware||Barry White||16||16|
|17||AUS1121||Ian Johnson, Gary Smith & Tim Ede||Bananas In Pyjamas||17||17|
|18||NZL814||Lindsay Kennedy, Trevor Swinburne & Grahame Catley||Masters||Upfront||18||18|
|19||AUS945||Michael Manford, Richard Rowell & Dean McAullay||The Croc||19||19|
|20||AUS1277||Mark Bulka, Glen Ashby & Stewart Nichols||Balanced A-Tac||20||20|
|21||AUS869||John Warlow, Richard Byerly & Tom Jordan||Blinky 3 Eyed Fish||21||21|
|22||AUS1129||Shane Devssen, Murray Larkin & Aaron Heritage||Pleasure & Pain||22||22|
|23||USA1060||Dennis Conner, Peter Burton & Dirk Kneulman||Seniors||Menace||23||23|
|24||AUS1131||David Clark, Josh Whittaker & Andrew Smith||Little G||24||24|
|25||AUS867||David Rose, Scott Cavanaugh & Stu Casey||The War of the Roses||25||25|
|26||AUS1274||Rod Jones, James Walker & Patrick Meehan||Ethel||26||26|
|27||AUS1144||David Bull, Scott Miller & Andrew Wilkund||Masters||Bullet||27||27|
|28||AUS923||Mark Bradford, Mike O'Brien & Gary Adshead||Racer X||28||28|
|29||AUS1213||Lucas Down, Shane Gaddes, Adam Roberts-Thomson & Sean O'Rourke||Whooshka||29||29|
|30||USA1212||Jonathon Nye, Jan Muysken & David Baker||Carina||30||30|
|31||AUS864||Vaughan Prentice, Chris Anderson, Ashley Deeks & Darren Hutchinson||Little Bit Funky||31||31|
|32||AUS1270||Simon Estella, Bucky Smith & Mal White||La Vie Dansante||32||32|
|33||AUS1134||Robert Weir, Peter Bigelow & Steve Tracey||ARGHA Noah||33||33|
|34||AUS1102||Steve O'Rourke, John Minter & Bruce Swane||Panther||34||34|
|35||AUS751||Steve Gunther, John Collingwood & Russell Hutton||Legless||35||35|
|36||NZL1240||John D. St. Clair Brown, Dennis Kendall & David Barnes||Masters||Waiwera Infinity||36||36|
|37||AUS1244||John Bertrand, Richie Allanson & Mark Richards||Masters||Two Saints &a Magpie||37||37|
|38||AUS1030||Noel Drennan, Bill Browne & Ernie Lawrence||A Cat and Two Saints||38||38|
|39||AUS1088||Rob Brown, Bruce Wookey & Garry Gudmunson||SteamPacket V||39||39|
|40||AUS963||Rick Maxwell, Simon Shaw & Bradley Moore||The Rat||40||40|
|41||NZL1184||Cameron Appleton, Paul Gudmunson & Peter Merrington||Embers||41||41|
|42||AUS1136||David Royle, Peter Royle & Jon Ward||Bohica!||42||42|
|43||AUS850||Andrew Drummond, Rebecca Alston, Ian Drummond & Arron Drummond||Run Like You Stole S||43||43|
|44||AUS1257||David Lawrance, Barry Hawkes & Jake Newman||Masters||Temptress||44||44|
|45||AUS940||Phil Dash, Ed McCarthy & Chris Allen||Masters||Just a Dash||45||45|
|46||AUS1255||Wayne Mercer, Andrew Steenhuis & Andrew Freese||Next Frontier||46||46|
|47||HKG1269||Mark Thornburrow, Tim Parsons & Alex Webster||HK1269||47||47|
|48||AUS1160||Rob Bird, Graeme Johnson & Nic Gray||Masters||Moody Blues||48||48|
|49||AUS1237||Grant Wharington, Graeme Taylor & Ian Johnson||Satu ll||49||49|
|50||AUS1186||Peter Gardner, Steve Barlow & Grant McKellar||Masters||Humpback||50||50|
|51||AUS1025||Greg Mellody, Peter Rattray & Glenn Norton||Walk on Water||51||51|
|52||AUS943||Burke Melia, Mitchell Garbler & Scott Backhouse||No Mercy||52||52|
|53||AUS868||Bruce Hollis, Steve Backhouse & Ben Noble||Yandoo XX||53||53|
|54||NZL892||Grant Turnbull, Keith Hogan & Andrew Willis||The Old Hag||54||54|
|55||AUS720||Mark Sanders, Noel Paterson & Reg Farrell||Phantom||55||55|
|56||GBR1110||Michael Till, Howard Sellars & Angus Luffman||Seniors||Licorice Allsorts 3||56||56|
|57||AUS813||Ian Crisp, Dick Stephens & Steffan Lunding||Masters||That’s Life||57||57|
|58||AUS951||Mark Soulsby, Michael Fisher & David Lane||Fish Factory||58||58|
|59||AUS852||Trevor Martin, Craig Saint & Robert Stevenson||Three Ring Circus||59||59|
|60||AUS766||Brad Sheridan, Roy Morrish & Paul Spencer||AUS766||60||60|
|61||AUS410||David Nichols, Robert Griffits & Paul Summerbelle||New Wave||61||61|
|62||IAUS1142||Gary Smith, Mark Lovelady & Mike Hughes||Tuskany||62||62|
|63||AUS885||Ray Stone, Glenn Stone & Andrew Thyrd||Seniors||Razors Edge||63||63|
|64||AUS893||Michael Bellingham, Anthony Owen & Jamie Hastie||Queen Annes Revenge||64||64|
|65||NZL809||Brian Jones, Rob Bassett & Alan Gwyer||Irish Crystal||65||65|
|66||NZL961||Neil Forrester, Graeme Lucas & Roger Crabtree||Masters||Va Da Dio||66||66|
|67||AUS936||John Dunn, Steve Trevillion & Peter Alexander||Seniors||Bald Eagle||67||67|
|68||NZL1083||Rob Croft, Tom Warren & Gary Smith||Waiwera One||68||68|
|69||AUS1026||Barry Fairley, Bill Fairley & Wayne Dixon||Jack's Hut||69||69|
|70||BER1249||Tim Patton, David Jones & William Thompson||Masters||Thrash||70||70|
|71||AUS1082||Andrew Colliver, Ken Douglas & Blair Coventry||Enigma||71||71|
|72||AUS921||Bill Butler, Darren Spence & Brett Duncan||Masters||Fury||72||72|
|73||AUS1150||Bill Steele, Rob Rooke & Roland Lennox-King||Seniors||Dragon Lady||73||73|
|74||USA1234||Kers Clausen, Kjeld Hestehave & Eric Arens||Masters||One for the Money||74||74|
|75||AUS1022||Doug Kerr, David Healey & John Spencer||Masters||Screaming Plum||75||75|
|76||ITA836||Marco Cimarosti, Maurielo Mantico & Federico Parrinello||Masters||Hobe El Bahar||76||76|
|77||AUS1272||Sir James Hardy, Bryan Northcote & Antony Shrimpson||Seniors||Foolhardy||77||77|
|78||AUS916||David Roberts, Stuart McKay & Brett Shoebridge||Masters||Mood Indigo||78||78|
|79||NZL729||Paul Verry, A Emirali, Tim Henderson & Ben Irving||No Boundaries||79||79|
|80||AUS1291||Donald Wilson, Bradley English & Michael Downman||The Don||80||80|
|81||NZL1127||Gavin Gerrard, Ross Bannon & Nik Burfoot||Seniors||Golli Gosh||81||81|
|82||AUS767||Jon Harris, Peter Cush & Donald Chapple||Gybe Talking||82||82|
|83||AUS738||Stephen Ingate, Roger Down & Anja Thomsen||One Crowded Hour||83||83|
|84||NZL779||Peter Delaney, Teresa Zandvliet & Bruce Mathers||Waiwera NaturallyHot||84||84|
|85||NZ746||Ian Smith, Nigel Brown & Derek Brown||Masters||Top 40||86\DNS||86|
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