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Zhik AUS 9er Nationals: 29er, 49er and 49er FX champions decided

Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto (QLD) have won the 29er class Australian Championship 2013/14. (Credit David Price)

Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto (QLD) have won the 29er class Australian Championship 2013/14. (Credit David Price)

The final races in the Zhik 29er, 49er and FX Australian Championships were completed at Royal Brighton Yacht Club today.

It was a fine but overcast afternoon with southerly breezes steadily building 10 to 15 knots ahead of the forecast westerly change.

Charlie Wyatt and Tom Siganto (QLD) have held their position at the top of the table since an impressive first day, having built an eight point lead by last night. They were able to drop their 11th placing in today’s first race and their 4th in the final race was enough to give them a three point margin and claim to the Australian 29er Championship.

Kurt Hansen & Harry Morton (NSW) sailed consistently throughout the regatta to secure a comfortable second place overall. They finished four points ahead of Jim Colley & Shaun O’Connor (NSW) in third place in the 55 boat fleet.

David Gilmour & Sam Phillips (WA)  have won the 49er class Australian Championship 2013/14. (Credit David Price)

David Gilmour & Sam Phillips (WA) have won the 49er class Australian Championship 2013/14. (Credit David Price)

 

David Gilmour & Sam Phillips (WA) won both races today to claim the 49er National Championship at the last possible minute.

Finishing on equal points with the leaders throughout the regatta, Steven Thomas & Jasper Warren (WA), their two wins today gave Gilmour & Phillips the tie-break. Will Phillips & Rhys Mara (VIC) would have been disappointed with their two 6th places today, but had secured their podium position with a 19 point break.

In the 49er FX competition, Tessa Parkinson & Chelsea Hall (WA) won the first race today, making it 8 wins from 15 starts and reinforcing their command of the fleet. A little slow out of the blocks with a 6-5-1 their first day’s effort, the West Australians were top three for the remainder of the races except one 7th place they could drop. They won the Australian 49er FX Championship with 18 points to spare.

Tessa Parkinson & Chelsea Hall (WA) have won the 49er FX class Australian Championship 2013/14. (Credit David Price)

Tessa Parkinson & Chelsea Hall (WA) have won the 49er FX class Australian Championship 2013/14. (Credit David Price)

 

Olivia Price & Eliza Solly (NSW/VIC) had secured second overall after leading on day one, but the teams of Hayley Outteridge & Ella Clark (NSW), and Harry Price & Angus Williams (NSW) started the final race of the regatta on equal points. Price & Williams took a win to claim the final podium place.

From the perspective of Principal Race Officer Peter Moor, it has been a highly successful regatta at Brighton.

“The good run of weather (although a bit cool at times) and the fairly consistent southerly breezes have enabled us to complete a full 16 race program. That’s what the sailors want”.

“The race management team from the host club were very welcoming for myself and Tony Outteridge as a visiting race officers. The team’s experience was boosted with some class association volunteers to provide a really efficiently run regatta on the water”, said PRO Moor.

For the final results and information about the event, go here.

By David Staley


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