Consistent Daniel Henderson Ends Day One On Top After Delayed Start At The 2011 Musto Skiff World Championship
After a postponement for the wind to settle, the 2011 Musto Performance Skiff World Championship got underway at 15:55 local time at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay, Australia.
A fleet of 42 competitors from seven nations gathered for the fleets first World Championship to be held outside Europe. With the fleet growing strongly in Australia, the home nation was expected to show towards the front.
Following an abandoned start, Race 1 commenced in a stable breeze at 18°C and 10 knots.
The fleet was evenly split off the line and neither side appeared to gain, the leaders reached the windward mark for the first rounding at exactly the same time headed by Bruce Keen
(GBR), Thomas Wright
(GBR), Matt Hollis
(GBR) and Julian Ramm
(GER). The majority of the fleet chose to bear away set and head towards the Black Rock shore.
Keen continued to lead on the second round, Daniel Henderson
(GBR) pulled through to second place closely followed by Jonathan Neate
(AUS), Marcus Hamilton
(AUS) and Jon Newman
(AUS). And Keen led the fleet home in first place followed by Henderson and Hamilton.
The breeze continued to be very settled at around 18°C and 10 knots for Race 2 and Newman led the fleet early on closely followed by Henderson, Dan Ward
(GBR) and Neate. In the prevailing conditions the fleet was closely bunched with the top half rounding the windward mark for the first time within 45 seconds of each other.
Newman mastered the conditions to take the win from Henderson and Ward who wrapped up the top three positions.
At the start of Race 3 the breeze continued to hold at 18°C, but dropped to 7-8 knots. And Iver Ahlmann
(GER) dominated the race from start to finish. At the gun, the margin between Ahlmann and Tim Hill (AUS) in second place was 200 metres. Henderson finished in third place to take an overnight lead.
Overall standings after race 3
Daniel Henderson GBR 409 - 7 points
Jonathon Newman AUS 425 - 11 points
Marcus Hamilton AUS 453 - 13 points
Full results can be found here.