Dawson and Souter dominate

Anne Hinton reports from day two of the Matis New Zealand Womens National Match Racing Champs

Saturday April 24th 2004, Author: Anne Hinton, Location: Australasia
Jan Dawson, the oldest competitor at the event, has gained herself the privilege of deciding who she wishes to sail in the semi-finals tomorrow. A number of the matches saw some very close racing with several races won and lost by a metre or so.

Dawson and Australia’s 19-year old Nicky Souter had the best of the day with five wins apiece in the second round robin. Dawson beat Souter in their match, so leads the scorecard. However, Souter was ahead in her match against Dawson, but was penalised for failing to give Dawson room at the finishing line. “It was just a stupid mistake by me”, said Souter. “[Overall] we had it together a bit better today”, said Stacey Jackson, mainsheet hand for Nicky Souter.

Sara Winther, who was attempting to qualify as New Zealand representative at the Athens Olympics in the Yngling class with Sharon Ferris for much of last year, also pulled up today. The other visitor to Auckland, along with Souter, nineteen year old Wellingtonian Amanda Hargreaves, qualified for the semis in her first attempt at this event. Hargreaves had some boatspeed issues today, but got through when it mattered, pipping Roberts on the line after being behind for most of their match.

Top New Zealand womens fleet racer, Karleen Dixon, just missed out on fourth place and gets to sail-off for fifth spot against the Squadron’s redoubtable Sara Roberts. Roberts had a mixed day, beating Jan Dawson in the final race. Greta Hollies, a new recruit from the Squadron’s youth squad, was unable to add any further wins to her scorecard and so will have the day off tomorrow to enjoy the Anzac commemorations.

The Indian summer weather in Auckland maintained the warm sunshine and force 3 northerly breezes, affected by the strong tide on the Waitemata Harbour. A dead sheep floating on the course towards the end of the day provided an additional obstacle to the buoys around the track. Another had been reported in the vicinity of the windward mark the previous day.

In view of the national holiday on Anzac Day, the start of all racing in the semi-finals and finals has been put back two hours tomorrow.

After Two Round Robins (win-loss)

Jan Dawson/Briar Macky/Anna de Fluiter 8-4
Nicky Souter/Stacey Jackson/Nina Curtis 8-4
Sara Winther/Raynor Smeal/Merran Walbridge 7-5
Amanda Hargreaves/Kim den Boon/Rebekka Heilkema 7-5
Karleen Dixon/Jenny Egnot/Paula Satterthwaite 6-4
Sara Roberts/Louise Barker/Felicity Lind-Mitchell 4-8
Greta Hollies/Esther Melville/Hilary Pawson 2-10

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