Australian Moth Championship - Kiwi leads world class fleet

Jody Shiels (alias Randy Cunningham) going down - 2013 Australian Moth Championship
Beau Outteridge
The 2013 Australian Moth Championship is being sailing out of Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on the western side of Australia's largest salt water lake Lake Macquarie on the NSW Central Coast.

After the hottest day in the last few decades, a southerly change came over night, the temperatures dropped and the enthusiasm of the sailors increased.

Racing got underway onthe third day of racing on time in a 15 to 18 knot SSE breeze. In an attempt to try and keep the fleet out of the big waves whipped up over night by the southerly change, a slightly smaller course was set with the top mark tucked under Wangi Point.


Surprisingly, the speed of the leaders in the first race made it obvious that the course needed to extended. A further complication occurred when the bottom rounding mark started to drift dangerously close the committee boat. With boats approach at nearly 30 knots and the gap between the mark and the committee boat rapidly shrinking, quick deployment of a rib and code flag M enabled the race to continue.

The usual suspects figured in the top group, with London Olympic 49er silver medallist, Kiwi Pete Burling first, Scott Babbage second and Rob Gough third.

The only front runners missing from the top 10 were London 2012 Olympic Laser Gold Medallist Tom Slingsby who had a swim and Nathan Outteridge,the Moth 2011 World Champion and London Olympic 49 Gold Medallist who broke his wing on the boat and had to retire from all three races.

With the course extended somewhat and extra tackle on the drifting mark, everything was set for a good race, and the sailors made the most of it. The front end of the fleet it was almost a carbon copy of the previous race with Pete Burling first, Scott Babbage second and current Moth World Champion Josh McKnight third.

In the third and final race for the day, the sailors were all a bit too keen, resulting in a general recall, much to some sailors delight, especially Phil Stevenson who was upside down behind the start boat.

In the subsequent restart everyone got away well and saw Tom Slingsby come good, but not quite good enough to beat Kiwi Pete, who ended up with three bullets for the day. Tom was second, Josh McKnight third and Scott Babbage fourth.

After six races, with one drop, Pete now leads on seven points from Scott on 10 points, Josh on 21 points, Dave Lister on 24 points and Rob Gough and Joe Turner both on 26 points. As racing was cancelled on Tuesday, catch up races are scheduled on Thursday from 1pm.



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Series Results [One Design ET] up to Race 6 (Drops = 1)
PlaceTiesSail NoBoat NameSkipperFromSers ScoreBow No:Race 6Race 5Race 4Race 3Race 2Race 1
1 3961Oh YeahPete BurlingTanranga YC7.0101.01.01.0[5.0]3.01.0
2 27Scott BabbageWoollahra10.02[4.0]2.02.03.01.02.0
3 1Flying TigerJosh McKnightRPA21.013.03.06.02.07.0[70.0F]
4 3657Manic 3Dave ListerST George SC24.0576.04.0[70.0C]1.02.011.0
53.0S3AltitudeRob GoughRYCT26.037.06.03.0[7.0]6.04.0
6 3678HaylesJoe TurnerWoollahra26.0145.05.05.06.0[9.0]5.0
72.0S3964Johnny DramaTom SlingsbyGosford SC35.092.09.0[14.0]8.04.012.0
8 8Tas 3Julien SalterRYCT35.088.08.04.0[15.0]12.03.0
9 3951PuddlesIain JensenWASC41.011[16.0]7.07.09.011.07.0
10 5KAAndrew McDougallBRYC53.0510.012.08.013.0[13.0]10.0
11 3656ScalpelLuka DamicST George SC54.0569.010.015.012.08.0[18.0]
12 3904East Coast MarineScott BeebyNCYC58.01811.013.09.011.014.0[23.0]
13 3783Peanuts DreamWarren SareWoollahra72.01613.018.0[20.0]10.017.014.0
14 3820HS PlasterboardMatt CrockettB16's77.04417.019.013.018.010.0[20.0]
15 3717Dripping CarbonJack SherringSouthport83.01715.0[26.0]24.020.015.09.0
16 3833Slam AustraliaJames DorronManly 16FT SC87.01212.011.010.025.0[70.0F]29.0
17 3832Stone CutterLes ThorpeBYRA88.03214.024.0[34.0]14.021.015.0
18 3719OZ SUPPhil KurtsWoollahra93.01926.015.012.017.023.0[31.0]
19 3781ImpactWill LoganRYCT94.04218.023.019.016.018.0[30.0]
20 3707Red BullHirioki GotoHYA95.0722.014.011.031.0[32.0]17.0
216.0S3957The Spruce GooseTom JohnsonRFBYC98.06721.021.027.023.0[34.0]6.0
22 3934Tack CityJamie WoodsLMYC98.03419.017.017.021.024.0[27.0]
23 3803KajimotoKohei KajimotoBRYC102.015[27.0]22.018.022.019.021.0
24 3920PurpleBen NewlingWoollahra111.02024.020.016.0[35.0]27.024.0
25 3903XTCJames Owen-SmithDavey's Bay112.043[31.0]27.025.019.028.013.0
26 3637Star ScreamBrent PearsonDPSS KBSC4118.03725.016.023.032.0[70.0O]22.0
27 3997G HadNathan OutteridgeWASC120.0470.0C[70.0C]33.04.05.08.0
28 3823MK Building GroupRichard JacksonMt Martha YC121.02330.025.022.024.020.0[39.0]
29 3777AudneyBen CrockerWoollahra125.05123.0[70.0C]21.028.016.037.0
30 3958YoshiLuke ParkinsonFremantle SC135.06820.0[70.0C]29.029.025.032.0
31 3709DutchyJames VandervortTeralba SC137.06328.033.030.0[36.0]30.016.0
32 3905RhapsodyPhil StevensonST George SC140.06233.029.026.033.0[37.0]19.0
33 3778Meat AxeAndrew CoxallST George SC145.04536.032.0[36.5]30.022.025.0
34 363620 Good ReasonsSteven SherringSYS151.03632.030.028.0[42.0]33.028.0
35 3827FAFJody ShielsWASC155.02729.034.0[42.0]26.026.040.0
36 3750WMDEmmett LazichWASC177.54135.031.036.537.038.0[47.0]
37 3673ColdieRod WinterRMYC178.05344.038.0[50.5]34.036.026.0
38 3770LadybirdEmma SpiersWoollahra183.05034.036.0[41.0]38.039.036.0
39 3316Red Belly Black SnakAlex VandervortTeralba SC192.030[70.0C]28.032.048.041.043.0
40 3326Every Dog Has it's DLloyd EdmondsSOPYC207.02643.041.039.044.040.0[51.0]
41 384Pimp MobileMax PuttmanSOPYC209.03137.037.035.051.0[53.0]49.0
42 3321IFFIJamie RobertsST George SC213.02170.0C[70.0C]31.039.031.042.0
43 3867CamargueDavid RobinsonWoollahra216.04742.044.044.040.046.0[55.0]
4435.0S3976It's Not A ZebraSam PhillipsSOrrento CSC219.02250.035.0[70.0C]41.047.046.0
45 3807K SanRyan KellyWAllaroo219.02440.039.046.046.0[70.0C]48.0
46 3779FireFlyChris DixonST George SC229.03970.0C70.0C[70.0C]27.029.033.0
47 3956Free BirdBruce CooperBalmoral233.06438.047.070.0C43.035.0[70.0C]
4839.0S3633Let Them Eat CakeRayshelle MartinWoollahra235.03339.046.048.050.0[54.0]52.0
49 3952Tucker BoxBen TuckerWoollahra235.06641.042.043.058.051.0[59.0]
5035.0S3638CrumpetDavid MartinWoollahra246.03870.0C[70.0C]47.052.042.035.0
51 3178TeknologikaBruce McLeodST George SC246.040[70.0C]40.038.055.055.058.0
5240.0S3313The PenguinScott SharpeSOPYC251.01370.0C[70.0C]40.047.049.045.0
53 3868B-OneRob PearsonYeppoon251.04846.043.049.0[60.0]56.057.0
54 3288BlueGus EkbergBRYC267.02845.070.0C[70.0C]56.052.044.0
5538.0S3676HairyCam RobinsonWoollahra268.02948.070.0C[70.0C]54.058.038.0
56 9336Leyroy JenkinsMark HughesSouthport268.05949.045.054.0[61.0]60.060.0
57 3660InvaderDave HendersonNorthbridge SC273.06051.048.052.0[62.0]61.061.0
58 3574KarmaTim Forbes-SmithST George SC275.03547.070.0C[70.0C]57.048.053.0
59 3256Manic 2Jon BranchST George SC279.04970.0C70.0C[70.0C]53.045.041.0
60 3998Doink 3James McKenzieBalmoral283.058[70.0C]49.053.059.059.063.0
61 9364Silver ShadowNick BillettRQYS285.05570.0C70.0C[70.0C]45.050.050.0
6234.0S3209CherubKris FayBelmont 16ft287.07070.0C70.0C70.0C[70.0C]43.034.0
63 3687Flying CircusPhil SmithSOPYC287.05270.0C70.0C[70.0C]49.044.054.0
64 9318Sector 7GBryce O'WoneWASC298.06970.0C70.0C45.0[70.0O]57.056.0
65 9256SmithIan SimBalmoral307.54670.0C[70.0C]50.563.062.062.0
66 3570Air CooledTom GrahamToowoomba350.06170.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C[70.0F]
66 65TomhamsamHarry MighellSSCBC350.06570.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C70.0F[70.0C]
66 3306PepperedRob GreenDarling Point SS350.0670.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C[70.0C]
66 8825Dilli GaffAndrew MorrisCYCA350.02570.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C70.0C[70.0F]
 
(Ties: S=Score R=Race B= Bettered. Penalties: A=ARB B=BFD C=DNC D=DNE E=ESP F=DNF G=RDG L=Late Entrant M=DGM N=ENP O=OCS P=Protest Q=DSQ R=RAF S=DNS T=TLE U=DUT V=AVG X=EXC Z=ZFP Y=SCP #=NoData [x.y]=Discarded)
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