Australian boat Tempnet skippered by Steve MCCONAGHY has moved further ahead in the Corum World 11 Metre Sailing Championship with a win and two second placings during the second day of racing off Palm Beach today.
The results put the Australian crew 15 points clear of their fellow countryman Andrew MCPHAIL and his crew on Pacesetter.
McConaghy and his crew which includes Sydney Hobart handicap winner Michael SPIES grabbed the opening race win in light conditions after a race long duel with Swedish boat Imek skippered by Andreas EMMOTH.
The two boats duelled up the opening leg with the Swedish boat rounding the first mark half a length ahead of the Aussies. McConaghy nosed ahead of the Swedes as they set off on the run to the first leeward mark and led all the way to the finish winning by just half a boat length.
In the days second and third races the nor easterly strengthened giving Emmoth and his crew on Imek conditions more to their liking.
Imek again battled hard with the crew on Tempnet in the days second race with the Swedes taking victory after leading around all the marks.
In the final race of the day Imek had an early duel with Andrew Mcphail on Pacesetter only to slip past the local boat on the second leg and lead all the way to the finish. Pacesetter lost second to a fast improving Tempnet on the last run to the finish with McConaghy boosting his championship tally with the second placing.
"t was a real tussle with Andreas in all three races and it is shaping as a very close fight between our two boats for the title,"
said Steve MCCONAGHY.
"We lost some ground in the final race but we sailed hot and had and made up a lot on them in the final race to finish right on their transom,"
Andreas EMMOTH also believes the title is shaping as a fight between his boat and Tempnet.
"we have been trying to be conservative at the starts get clean air and sail strongly but the Aussies finished way to close for comfort in the last race,"
"We cannot afford to drop another race after yesterdays failure so we will have to fight hard on Thursday and Friday,"
Norwegian boat Bjorkness moves up into third in the title chase thanks to some consistent performances from Dag USTERAD and his crew taking a ninth, fifth and fourth on the day.
The Swedes on Imek are now fourth in the title despite three wins and a second placing. A disqualification in Monday's opening race after a gear failure costing them dearly.
Reigning World champ Arne SJOLBERG had another disastrous day aboard Citrex posting a ninth, 12 and a retirement in the final race after a halyard broke.
The field will enjoy a lay day on Wednesday with racing resuming on the Palm Beach circle on Thursday before the conclusion on Friday.
Full results are available on the website at the address below.