MAXSTAR Max Out Leads Melges 32 Australian Championships
18 March 2012
The predicted 25 knot Southerly wind forecast didn't fully eventuate for day two of the Melges 32 Australian Championships.
PRO Steve Merrington from the RPAYC managed to shoot off three windward/ leeward races in around twenty knots of wind after lunch on Pittwater.
Racing was super close again and wind stronger down the shorelines, making it hard for the leaders to defend their position, it kept the racing wide open as the southerly wind phased left and right as it came off the land.
Chris Way helming The Business with local tactician Steve McConaghy have the most consistent results, four thirds and a second. The first time Melges 32 skipper said he enjoyed sailing his Farr Forty doing twelve knots but hitting sixteen and seventeen knots takes it to a new dimension. Chris describes his experience today as "awesome sailing with great rides, long nose was going off!" and when commenting on boat speed Chris said. "We are sailing with old gear and we're still going quick, sailing cats in the Formula 18's has helped with chasing the pressure."
Race three and series leader Desperado led around the top mark but by the bottom mark Geoff Masters Funnel Web sailed the shoreline shift and came from third to win the race followed over the line by a pack of about five boats and a nail biter finish.
Race four and the majority of the fleet hit long nose, Breezin lost places following their decision to go to the right on the run and Desperado struggled with jib problems upwind. Gus Reid Maxstar and his tactician Matt Owen who is the CEO of Canberra Yacht Club are experts at picking the shifts from racing on Lake Burley Griffin. Gus ordered more wind today and they got it, Maxstar was in her element and looked very composed and focused around the course winning race four.
Maxstar was always in the mix in race five and managed to take advantage of a gybing decision at the top mark to steal a win from Tasmanian Greg Prescott 2 Unlimited Sevenstar .
A presentation of prizes supplied by North Sails, Harken and SLAM was held back at the yacht club to the Boat of the Day Maxstar who heads into the final days racing in first place, two points behind is 2 Unlimited Sevenstar on equal points with The Business.
Plenty at stake tomorrow with four offshore races planned, challenging the leading lake sailors and providing a spread in the fleet.