On the water it was another windy one just like yesterday, with the Fremantle Doctor gusting to 17 at start time and reaching 25s late in the race.
GAIR's bowman Derek SCOTT (NZL) said, ''The Brit's were very fast, we could not break through. Mark BULKA [(AUS)] was close behind all through the race. He was attacking up the last beat, so we had to protect.'
GAIR was smiling dockside as he confirmed his crew's regatta lead, 'This is our first Worlds and to be in the lead with one race to go is great. We are really happy, now we've just got to keep it going.'
Asked about pre-event expectations he commented, ''We would be unhappy to have finished outside the top ten, we would have been really pleased with a top five. We knew we had good handling and speed in the breeze. Now we are just backing ourselves and want to keep charging in the right direction.'
RAZMILOVIC is on a roll with two wins, a fourth and a second. 'We started middle left. We crossed the Kiwi's and kept the hammer down; we opened up a lead of 15 boat lengths at one stage but they came down with pressure.'
SMITH came off the water in good spirits though he had just lost the regatta lead, which he had held for the last six days. 'It was fun to be fast. The start is the big part of the race, we were just OK in that department today rounding about tenth, but on the run we were fast with a new kite, we passed boats on both runs and we gained on the beats too. Tomorrow is going to come down to who gets the best start.'
He is right. The 2006 Audi Etchells Worlds three horse race could well be decided in the first quarter mile tomorrow depending on which crew, the Brits, Kiwis or the Americans, get the jump off the line.The World Championship title sponsor Audi Australia also sponsored the 2006 Audi Etchells Nationals. Audi Australia are supporting a wide range of Australian sailing events including the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week and the Audi Regatta in Sydney, and will be certain to make this a memorable event. The Maersk shipping Line is another Premium Sponsor and their support has meant that 28 containers have brought Etchells to Perth from around the world.