"Terrible" Terrigal delivers another day for the lightweights & the lucky
NZL's Dean Salthouse, left with white cap, sailing in the most wind Terrigal has delivered on Day 2 photo C&C images
"Terrible" Terrigal, world famous for big winds and waves, has delivered another day that the locals can safely say "its never normally like this". The Radial fleet were the first to try racing today but were thankfully held on shore until the light breezes stabilised. Racing was started a couple of hours late in 2 to 6 knots with calmest sea state so far. The Radial Apprentice Master Fleet had their first race abandoned after 30 minutes before any boats had got to the Top mark. The breeze came back again and held (just) to allow one race for all the Radial and Standard Rig fleets. The Radials have now completed four races and the Standards three. Five races are required to complete the World Championship Series although the rules maybe changed to allow 4 races to constitute a series.
Mike Pasco leading the front of the Apprentice Master fleet the wrong way while desperately looking for the wing mark in the first race on Day 2 photo C&C images
The light wind speedster, Edmund Tam, from Wellington enjoyed the conditions today in the Radial Apprentice Master fleet and was so quick that he was able to capsize his boat completely while tacking on the second beat in the 5 knot winds, loose his sunglasses and cap while he took a refreshing dip, right the boat and sail back into 2nd place at the bottom mark with a 50 boat length lead over the lucky 3rd placed Mike Pasco. They say it is better to be lucky than good and Fat boy Mike had a very lucky day with his 720 penalty turns completed for plethora of infringements that he his still trying to understand from the Judge on the first reach, and stopping to untangle his tiller from his traveller blocks at the gate the first time, he managed to pass the very skillful Edmund and grab 2nd place by 20 boat lengths on the very short beat to the finish. Edmund sailed well all day apart the cooling dip and secured 3rd by a comfortable margin.
Radial Master Kevin Welsh power reaching on the 2nd day. photo C&C images
In the Radial Master fleet Glen Sowry had a much better day despite hitting GBR's Steve Cockerill at the Top Mark and finished 6th. Di Pearson the 2008 Laser Worlds media manager has some great quotes on this race which are below:
"In the Radial Master fleet, Greg Adams's (AUS) fourth place today has relegated him to second place overall on countback following Stephen Cockerill's (GBR) win today. With four races put to bed, the two are on equal 12 points in what is shaping up to be a humdinger of a series. One point behind the pair are Mark Orams (NZL) and Chris Raab (USA), also on equal points following second and third places respectively today.
Cockerill's win was a bonus after he was forced to do a 720 degree penalty, through he says, no fault of his own. "Some people don't follow the rule of keeping clear, and that's what happened to me. I am not happy about it," he said. "It dropped me to third or fourth, but by the leeward mark I was back to second, then dropped to third, but I caught the leader up (Orams) and passed him on the last beat."
"I got third," said Chris Raab (USA). "I'm only one point out from the lead, I've had all the good breaks, my luck has to run out soon," he laughed. "It was a very light wind Australian Day. I was looking good in second, but then Mark (Orams) 'The Terminator' got me!"
Orams commented: "It was very close. I actually couldn't tell who was first out of us. It was the sort of race that does your head in. It was really hard and shifty with changes of pressure. In the Radial, you are underpowered suddenly and there's nothing you can do about it. I'm just grateful to finish in the top 10, because it could easily have been 40th - it was that sort of day.
"In the Radial it's hard to keep momentum. With the swell it's hard to read the breeze and where the next shift is coming from. All the top guys sailed exceptionally well. It was intelligent sailing today. We may all be Masters, but there are some really good sailors here," said 2005 World's winner Orams."
Richard Ineson sailed well for his 6th place in the Grand Master Radial fleet and he and Rex Maddren move up to 8th and 10th respectively overall. Jim Quinn, who has a had a dramatic increase in boat speed since purchasing his Rooster Pro-Hiking Pants a couple of weeks ago, has achieved the impossible and beaten Laser Legend Peter Seidenberg in the provisional results posted on the notice board, although we suspect this may change, so in the mean time Jim is basking in the glory and that result sheet may find its way into a suitcase headed to NZ at the end of the week! Tom Speed continues to sail well and maintains 3rd place 3 points ahead of Jim and 14 behind leader Seidenberg.
The Standard Fleets came out onto the water early today and in the very light conditions sailors who you would think would struggle did very well. In the Apprentice Masters Rohan Lord continues to show his class and was second behind the Regatta leader Jyrki Taiminen from Finland. Rohan has 7 points overall with Jyrki on 6. AUS Laser legend Brett Beyer who was leading the Regatta had an OCS today which he still counts after only 3 races completed, but if the wind does return and more races can be sailed he will be back in the hunt. Kiwis Luuk Van Basten Batenburg, Andrew Dellabarca, Dean Salthouse & Tony Nicholson followed Rohan out to the right after the start and it paid well for them, allowing them to get their best results of the Regatta in conditions which did not suit them.
Murray Thom's 6th today in the Masters keeps him in with a chance 8 points behind the leader Bradley Taylor from AUS. Heavy wind specialist Nick Page continues to defy gravity and preformed well again by sailing up the middle in clear air while the rest of his fleet hits the corners. Pete Thomas is the next Kiwi lying 11th overall. Peter Van Ryn dropped away today with a 30th. Peter Griffiths is the best placed Kiwi in the Grand Masters with the rest of the Kiwi's in his fleet wondering where the world famous Terrigal breeze has gone.
Dancers entertaining the 367 sailors and friends at the Regatta BBQ tonight
Tomorrow is a rest day and the 43 Kiwi Sailors and their friends and family will be off exploring the area and tasting wines from the Hunter Valley. Apart from the lack of breeze and only running one course for all the fleets the Terrigal event has been well run and the sailors are happy and are praying for some wind for the last 3 days.