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23 February 2011, 10:49 am
Estate Master On Top After Opening Day Of The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Rolex Farr 40 Worlds
Transfusion At The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship

Rolex Farr 40 World Championship
Sydney, Australia

Martin and Lisa Hill and their Estate Master crew hold top honours after the opening day of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship following their 1-8-1 scoreline.
A pleased Martin Hill commented, "Our philosophy is about process, building and consistency. Today we tried to minimize mistakes. We finished better than expected, we have to ignore that and start again from square one tomorrow."

Estate Master is sailing with Australian Sailing Team members Tom Slingsby, Nathan Outteridge and Olympic 470 gold medallist Malcolm Page, plus Darren Jones and Abby Ehler on the bow adding plenty of flair to the potent mix.

A second row start to the first race of the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds by Transfusion (AUS) did not result in a second rate day for Sydney owner Guido Belgiorno-Nettis. His 4-4-2 scoreline leaves Transfusion in second place this afternoon by virtue of a countback.

Defending Italian champions Nerone showed a crack in their recent cloak of invincibility after a premature start in the day's third race blotted an otherwise impressive scorecard of 2-1-10 leaving them in third.

Racing took place off Sydney Heads in a significant swell and building breeze that ranged between 8 and 15 knots from the southeast. Bright sunshine replaced morning showers and added a shining lustre to the racing as the title contenders went head to head.

The top three boats are all sporting different helm and tactician combinations for these Worlds. Slingsby was the tactician on Transfusion last year and this time around he is on Estate Master.

Tomorrow's forecast is for south to southwesterly winds 5 to 10 knots becoming light around midday, when racing is due to recommence, then tending east to northeasterly up to 10 knots during the afternoon.
Lisa Ratcliff
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