South Australian Dave Alexander Leads Melges 24 States Heading Into Final Days Racing
13 February 2012
By the end of day two in the Riviera and Adelaide Shores Melges 24 SA State Titles four different boats have had a first place on the results sheet.
Race two of the series and South Australian local Gary Shanks Outrage Us picked a shift out to sea when the rest of the fleet chose to follow the shore. The decision paid off and by the start of the second lap he had extended his lead and finished well ahead of the fleet to take a well deserved gun.
The battle for first place in races three and four was between Kevin Nixon Accru and South Australian Dave Alexander's Foxtrot. The racing between the pair was tight, just crossing each other up and down wind and pressured by the rest of the fleet. Accru kept their cool and held Foxtrot out for a win in race three. By race four the breeze had filled in to a consistent 16-18 knots and choppy seas in St. Vincent Gulf. Foxtrot paid back Accru by taking line honours in a spectacular finish half a metre ahead, Outrace Us in third place.
Boat of the day with two seconds and a first was local South Australian sailmaker Dave Alexander Foxtrot who will have to remain focused to hold off Kevin Nixon Accru one point behind after a drop heading into the final days racing.