Quest for victory

Bob Steel leads after day 2 of the Australian keelboat championships

Sunday January 19th 2003, Author: Di Pearson, Location: Australasia
Bob Steel’s Quest (CYCA) scored a win in today’s third race of the Australian Keelboat Championships at Royal Yacht Club of Victoria today to take the lead in the Customs House Hotel IRC Division after four races.

Robert Hick’s Toecutter (RYCV) came in 2nd, with Lou Abraham’s Another Challenge (SYC) 3rd from Ray Roberts’ Hollywood Boulevard (CYCA).

Racing got underway today at 11.55 in pleasant 10 knot breezes on the windward return courses on Port Phillip Bay, but by this afternoon, the wind had increased to 15 knots on choppy seas, putting yesterday’s winner, Loki back on the score board after a 9th placing in Race 3.

Skippered by her owner, Stephen Ainsworth, Loki (CYCA) revelled in the heavier conditions to win Race 4, from Quest and Gary Smith’s Tusk (RPYC), with Another Challenge in 3rd from Hollywood Boulevard.

Provisionally, Quest leads with 10 points from Loki with 12, Hollywood Boulevard on 15 and Another Challenge with 19, after breaking the start and having to return in Race 1 yesterday.

Chris Dare’s Ninety Seven will not be racing, having suffered a broken mast in yesterday’s race.

In the AMS class today, the Robert Hick steered Toecutter won Race 3 from Lowa Pazko’s Quadrant Rihannon (SYC) and Athol Lidgett’s Wake (RYCV).

Race 4 had Frank Hammond’s Horizon Sprint (RYCV) in 1st place from Wake and Toecutter.

Progressively, after four races, the well-sailed Toecutter leads with 8 points from Wake on 12 and Jon Klestadt’s Surprise (RYCV), Horizon Sprint and Rob Davis’ Owl & Pussycats (SYC) equal 3rd on 16.

The Brian Peterson steered Maverick II (RNZYS) continued to dominate today, winning Race 3 in PHD from Graeme Smith’s Wild One (SYC) and Clive Sondheim’s Public Bar (SYC).

Race 4 and it was Horizon Sprint in 1st from Graeme Paul’s Adams Den (RYCV) and Maverick II in 3rd place.

Progressively, Maverick II has a clear lead with 25 points after four races, from John Rouse’s Rouseabout 3 (MYC) on 46 and Horizon Sprint and Paul Jacka’s First Musketeer (SYC) with 47 each.

Racing resumes on Wednesday with a 50 nautical mile race starting at 9.55am on Port Phillip Bay,
Monday and Tuesday being lay days.

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