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2 December 2005, 10:52 am
West Australians Lead After Stage 1
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HARKEN International Youth Match Racing Championship 2005
Sydney, Australia

Western Australia's Kieth SWINTON and Torvar MIRSKY are in first and second places after a three way tie was resolved at the completion of Stage 1 - Round Robin in the 2005 HARKEN International Youth Match Racing series at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club today.
The host Club's Hamish ROUGHLEY was third with defending Champion Seve Jarvin just 1 point behind in 4th place. These four together with Sydney skippers Stu Pollard and Tom Barker will proceed to tomorrow's top six repechage round to determine Sundays finalists whilst the remainder will sail off for the minor 7 - 11th placings. Mirsky's crew includes host club ring-in replacement Sam Sexton who has survived the 'deep-end' with flying colours.

The forecast thunderstorms held off till evening allowing ten flights to be completed in N winds which increased during the day to over 20kts taxing the stamina of the crews, some of whom raced continuously for 8 hours. The series has been characterised by the closeness of the matches even between top and bottom ranked teams. There have been no large winning margins and many intense gybing duels as trailing skippers attacked ferociously down the runs in the fresh conditions, keeping the umpires busy indeed.

Tomorrow's forecast is for W/NW 20/30 knots easing to 15/25 knots during the morning which should provide some challenging sailing.

Standings after completed Stage 1- Round Robin (win-loss)

1. Keith SWINTON (AUS), 7-3
2. Torvar MIRSKY (AUS), 7-3
3. Hamish ROUGHLEY (AUS), 7-3
4. Seve JARVIN (AUS), 6-4
5. Stu POLLARD (AUS), 6-4
6. Tom BARKER (AUS), 6-4
7. Mark DORLING (AUS), 5-5
8. Josh JUNIOR (NZL), 4-6
9. Logan SUTHERLAND (NZL), 4-6
10. Tom SPITHILL (AUS), 2-8
11. Jonathan Rankine (NZL), 1-9

Arthur Spithill (As Amended by ISAF), Image: © Event Media
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