Day 3 brought a change in fortunes for some sailors, and with selection for New Zealand representation only around the corner, today was a crucial day on the water.
With the depth in youth yachting this year and some top talent coming through, New Zealand's Olympic sailors had better watch out! Yachting talent is looking good for 2008.
The breeze filled in mid-morning allowing 4 races to be completed in most classes, as the Race Officers attempted to catch up on the last few windless days.
The 420 double handed fleet has been one of the most competitive so far but after today's racing, Alastair THOMPSON and Scott ILLINGWORTH won 3 of the 4 races to now have an 8 point lead. The Northland pair of Reuben CORBETT and Bradley FARRAND jumped up the leader board to lie in second while Myles CLEAVE and Philip ROBERTSON had a less fortunate day, dropping down to fourth place overall after being disqualified in Race 9 for being over the line early. With only one more days racing and 3 more races scheduled every race counts for this fleet. Olivia POWRIE and Sarah BILKEY have a huge lead in the girls fleet after a good day on the water.
"The 420 class is relatively new to New Zealand so it is exciting to see that so many young sailors have moved into this class from all over New Zealand. Regions have done a great job developing these sailors",
comments Yachting New Zealand's Julie WORTH.
Blair MCLAY has consolidated his lead in the Laser fleet with a string of first placings taking his lead to a comfortable 12 points ahead of Matt COUTTS who lies in second place, and will be hoping to hold this place ahead of Andrew MOWLEM in third.
The Laser Radial women's fleet is highly competitive with Jane MACKY fighting back with 2 first places reducing Jo ALEH'S lead to only five points. It is going to be difficult for Macky to close this gap with only three races remaining. Newcomer Grace NIXON had a rewarding day with 2 second places showing that she will be a potential New Zealand representative next year.
Hobie sailors Michael THORPE and Rosie SARGISSON showed great consistency winning 3 out of 4 races today. They are now 1 point ahead of Dunedin pair Rory GOODMAN and Corey BRUCE. With such a small lead tomorrows races will be vital to their result.
After watching the afternoon's racing, Yachting New Zealand Chief Executive Simon WICKHAM commented, "Youth yachting is looking strong - across the classes we are starting to see some good depth in our sailors which looks hopeful for the future of yachting".
On the other course the change in wind strength brought a welcome change for some sailors. In the Starlings Joshua MCCORMACK built on his lead while Luke ADAMS and Nigel HALLIBURTON maintained their second and third places respectively.
The Splash fleet has Andy MOLONEY(KeriKeri) and Scott MORRISON(K.Y.C.) tied on 11 points in first place.
P Class sailor Susannah PYATT now leads William TILLER by 1 point after 3 races today.
Overall results so far are as follows:
1st Blair McLay (8 points)
2nd Matthew Coutts (20 points)
3rd Andrew Mowlem (28 points)
1st Jo Aleh (12 points)
2nd Jane Macky (17 points)
3rd Grace Nixon (23 points)
1st Alastair Thompson/ Scott Illingworth (20 points)
2nd Reuben Corbett/ Bradley Farrand (28 points)
3rd Peter Burling/ Scott Burling (29 points)
5th Olivia Powrie / Sarah Bilkey (35 points) 1st girls
12th Samantha Osbourne/ Jenna Hansen (87points) 2nd girls
1st Michael Thorpe/ Rosie Sargisson (11 points)
2nd Rory Godman/ Corey Bruce (12 points)
1st Antonio Cozzolino (6 points)
2nd Hayley Thom (9 points)
1st Susannah Pyatt (12 points) 1st girl
2nd William Tiller (13 points)
3rd Sam Marshall (23 points)
8th Jessica Barrell (43 points) 2 nd girl
1st Joshua McCormack (16 points)
2nd Luke Adams (24 points)
3rd Nigel Halliburton (30 points)
5th Briar Dye-Hutchinson (37 points)
7th Lisa Martin (47 points)
1st Andy Maloney (11 points)
2nd Scott Morrison (Scott Morrison)
3rd Ersin Buckley (23 points)