Audi Hamilton Island Race Week : Master Tactician firms grip on title.
Monday, 20 August 2012
Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke expressed his one-design yacht racing skills at the tiller of Club Marine today to lead the SB20 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week championship.
The former Olympian and multiple World Laser class champion was in fine touch sailing with his crew mates Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith to head the championship point score after five tactically demanding races.
While they have raced impressively the competition has been close with the Club Marine crew forced to accept 4th place in the first windward leeward race today
Local Hamilton Island skipper Dennis Whinstanley helming Jump inflicted an important win over his friendly sailing rival when they sailed smart in clear wind in the first race however the Club Marine crew hit back in race two to claim their third win of the series.
Based on their ability to sail out from under a tight wind shadow suggests the Club Marine crew have all the necessary skills to retain their lead in what has proved to be an exciting match race with their nearest rival Dulon skippered by former Australian 505 champion Phil Gray.
Dulon has finished all five races in the top three and continues to express the required strategy and all angle sailing speed to remain as a threat to Club Marine.
Both crews who were involved in a collision and ultimate dismasting of Dulon in the 2011 series have continued to stage an exciting match race for the 2012 championship.
“It has been a tough assignment to race in the same sea space against Glenn Bourke however we will still chip away” Dulon skipper Phil Gray said.
Gray’s Dulon which trails the Glenn Bourke skippered Club Marine by three points hopes to begin a fight back when the racing continues over the tactical tormenting windward leeward course off Hamilton Island tomorrow.
Popular Sydney ocean racing skipper Geoff Ross has justified the cost of chartering the TP52 previously raced by King Juan Carlos of Spain to lead the highly competitive Audi Hamilton Island Race Week IRC championship and the national title sailed in conjunction.
Skipper Geoff Ross and his Yendys crew gave a hint that they would be on the pace following their perfect score win in the Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week earlier in August.
They have become the form boat of the series so far recoding a 5-1-2-1 to lead their TP52 match racing rival the Robert Hanna skippered Shogun V 1-2-4-4 and Peter Harburg’s RP 66 skippered by Mark Bradford 6-4-1-3.
By Ian Grant at Hamilton Island.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 20 August 2012 )