The race committee set a longer course for race six in an increased wind of 13-15 knots from 205 degrees. The fleet all got away cleanly on the first start attempt of the windward, leeward, triangle, windward, leeward finish course. At the wing mark rounding Kiwi's Aaron GOODMANSON and Alister ROWLANDS had a lead over Grant ALDERSON and Dean McAULLAY (AUS) by 50 seconds. At the last rounding of the bottom mark GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS had extended their lead over the Australian pair to 60 seconds. The Kiwis went on to take their first win of the regatta and move up to third position overall on the leaderboard with just one race left to complete the seven race series. Second place went to ALDERSON and McAULLAY, while Ronald PACKER and Peter MUDFORD (AUS) took third. The leaders had a more difficult time. APTHORP and GREEN squeaked into the top ten finishing in ninth whilst Nick and Janet JERWOOD fared even worse dropping to eleventh.
With the introduction of the discard Nick and Janet JERWOOD retain their overall points lead going into the last day of racing. However, APTHORP and GREEN are just two points behind and the final race tomorrow is sure to be a keenly fought affair between the Australians and the Brits. On the strength of today's results Kiwi's GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS have moved into third place on the leaderboard to give the home fans something to cheer about.
The final race is scheduled for Friday 17 March to start at 1100 (local New Zealand time) in weather forecast to be southwest easing to 15 knots with rain.
|1||AUS||Nick JERWOOD||Janet JERWOOD||3||7||1||5||2||(11)||18|
|2||GBR||Charles APTHORP||Alan GREEN||1||5||(13)||1||4||9||20|
|3||NZL||Aaron GOODMANSON||Auster ROWLANDS||(17)||9||6||10||9||1||35|
|4||GBR||David McKEE||Chris HEWKIN||7||4||(20)||11||7||7||36|
|5||GBR||Steve GOACHER||Phil EVANS||8||(23)||2||21||1||5||37|
|6||GBR||Alan BAX||Paul BUSBY||6||2||9||(43)||16||8||41|
|7||AUS||Graeme LILLINGSTON||Edmond REPSEVICIUS||10||1||(19)||9||18||4||42|
|8||AUS||Grant ALDERSON||Dean McAULLAY||9||25||4||(34)||10 RDG||2||50|
|9||IRL||Darren MARTIN||Simon MURRAY||2||15||3||3||(31)||29||52|
|10||GBR||Greg WELLS||David TULLOCH||13||3||24||12||6||(26)||58|