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9 March 2007, 11:01 am
SMYTH Blitzes Day Two
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Harken International Women's Match Racing Regatta 2007
Sydney, Australia

A surprise upset on day two of the ISAF Grade 2 Harken International Women's Match Racing Regatta has seen defending champion Nicky SOUTER and her Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club team drop to third on the results sheet and Jess SMYTH from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron move into the number one spot with a perfect score in today's races.
In a 12-15 knot patchy S/SW breeze the ten teams contesting the four-day ISAF Grade 2 regatta enjoyed a full day's racing following yesterday's postponement and then abandonment when conditions began to deteriorate ahead of an approaching southerly change.

As in round robin one yesterday, the match between SOUTER and SMYTH was the headline event. A gybing dual at the bottom of the first downwind leg allowed SMYTH to squeeze around the bottom mark first and left SOUTER with a penalty. With the advantage of a lead SMYTH was able to capitalise on the shifts and by the top mark had a sufficient advantage to remain unchallenged by SOUTER downwind.

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All smiles for regatta leader Jessica
SMYTH and her RNZYS team after
securing a perfect score on day 2
© Luca Villata
'We sailed consistently, the team worked well and we pushed ourselves a bit harder today,' said a delighted SMYTH this afternoon.

SOUTER was also penalised in an earlier match with another RNZYS crew, skippered by Samantha OSBORNE. Highlighting a frustrating day, SOUTER was forced to retake the penalty near the finish line after her first attempt was judged incomplete. The rules state that the head of the Elliott 6's spinnaker must be below the main boom gooseneck before the boat is head to wind when completing a penalty turn and this wasn't the case in SOUTER'S first attempt, according to the umpires. The second penalty turn put OSBORNE out of SOUTER'S reach.

The RNZYS's young team skippered by Sam OSBORNE and crewed by Taylor HOLLAND who is just 16 and Hannah MORRIS who is 17, performed strongly today, finishing second on the points table at the end of round robin one.

Although sailing four up, OSBORNE and her young crew found the going tough in this afternoon's fresher conditions - not surprising given the heaviest of the four weighs 64 kilograms. Tomorrow's forecast has the southerly easing slightly to 10-15 knots from the south sou'west before a NW/NE change on Sunday ahead of another gusty southerly change forecast to peak at 25 knots.

Second on the pointscore after the completion of round robin one and four flights of round robin two is Nina CURTIS, who has climbed over her RPAYC club mate SOUTER following a faultless four wins from four at the start of the second round robin.

After a slow start to the regatta, the CYCA's Lucinda WHITTY also found her form in round robin two today, notching up three wins from four starts.

On another CYCA boat, Emma SUNDERLAND, who was crewing for Alex WARD, had to be taken ashore for medical treatment after she was hit in the chest with the spinnaker pole and began hyperventilating. Luckily Jenny LOWE was on standby as a replacement crew and was substituted for the injured SUNDERLAND for the remainder of the day's racing.

Today's good winds have put the regatta back on schedule and with over half of the races behind them, SMYTH is quietly confident they can book a semi finals berth.

'We are confident we'll make the semis but that's usually when the other teams lift so a win is not a foregone conclusion by any means,' she added.

Racing continues tomorrow and Saturday and will conclude Sunday 11 March.

Results - Round Robin 2

1. Jess SMYTH (NZL) 4-0
2. Nina CURTIS (AUS) 4-0
3. Lucinda WHITTY (AUS) 3-1
4. Amanda SCRIVENOR (AUS) 3-3
5. Nicky SOUTER (AUS) 2-2
6. Meghan ANDREW (AUS) 2-2
7. Amanda HARGREAVES (NZL) 1-3
8. Jan DAWSON (NZL) 1-3
9. Samantha OSBORNE (NZL) 0-4
10. Alex WARD (AUS) 0-4

Competitors

Helm Crew Crew Crew Nation - ISAF World Ranking

Nicky SOUTER, Anna PATTERSON, Lily TAYLOR, Rayshele MARTIN (AUS) - 14
Jess SMYTH, Aimee FAMULARO, Sandy DUBEY, Anna DE FLUITER (NZL) - 17
Meghan ANDREW, Catherine TREW, Katie WEBB (AUS) - 53
Lucinda WHITTY, Tiff FULDE, Kathleen STROINOVSKY, Sarah BILSEL (AUS) - 56
Jan DAWSON, Sonya SWINBURNE, Bex HIELKEMA, Laura HEMINGWAY (NZL) - 63
Amanda HARGREAVES, Kim DEN BOON, Leah MONCHEUR, Ashleigh WILLIAMS (NZL) - 98
Nina CURTIS, Kylie MCKILLOP, Sarah WILMOTT, Kristen SHORT AUS)
Samantha OSBORNE, Hannah MORRIS, Amy MULCAHY, Taylor HOLLANDNZL)
Amanda SCRIVENOR, Breanna HOPPE, Josephine ROPER, Rebecca DUNN (AUS)
Alex WARD, Olivia PRICE, Emma CAMPBELL, Emma SUNDERLAND (AUS)

Lisa Ratcliff (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Nina CURTIS has a close call with Lucinda WHITTY © Luca Villata
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