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20 January 2005, 09:18 am
Redress From OCS Decision Denied
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Australian Etchells Nationals
Sydney, Australia

International Etchells Australian Championship series leader until Wednesday morning, Neville WITTEY, last night failed in a bid to get redress over a Race Committee decision to rule that his boat, Yandoo XX, was OCS in race five of the series on Sydney Harbour.

Yandoo XX had crossed the line in first place but the Race Committee ruled that Wittey's boat, along with three of the other first five boats to finish, was OCS (on course side)

Also ruled OCS, in the order they crossed the finish line, were Odyssey (Julian PLANT), Two Saints and a Magpie (John BERTRAND) and Magic Buzz (Steve GUNTHER). Crews Control (Rob DAVIS) and Hell's Kitchen (Ian PORTER) also were ruled OCS.

The protest committee also rejected the requests for redress from the other boats declared OCS.

Winner of race five of the seven race series has been confirmed as defending Australian champion Mark BULKA, sailing Balanced A-Tac, from Mornington Yacht Club in Victoria, who crossed the finish line in second place yesterday..

Second place went to World champion Peter McNEIL at the helm of Tom Pepper XVIII, third to Michael COXON steering North Sydney, fourth to Iain MURRAY with Kaenon and fifth to Tasmanian Andrew HUNN, helming Zulu.

Overall leader going into today's final day, with two races to sail, is Michael COXON from the Sydney fleet, who without discard, is on 34 points, followed by Peter McNEILL from Lake Macquarie with 37 points, John WARLOW (Brisbane) on 57 points, Mark BRADFORD (Brisbane) 59 points, John WOOKEY and Rob BROWN (Pittwater) 60 and Iain MURRAY (Pittwater) also on 60 points.

Previous leader Neville Wittey in Yandoo has dropped to twelfth place on 79 points with discards not applying until after six races. A discard of his OCS would lift his current position back to third behind Coxon and McNeill.

North to north-easterly winds of 10-15 knots have been forecast for today, freshening to 15-25 knots in the afternoon.

Pos Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1 Michael COXON 2 9 1 19 3 6 1 22
2 Peter MCNEIL 1 8 19 7 2 12 2 32
3 Neville WITTEYT 4 2 10 6 ocs 2 9 33
4 Damien KING 15 bfd 2 2 9 10 43
5 John WARLOW 11 7 4 17 18 3 13 55
6 Glen COLLINGS 10 15 25 8 14 7 11 65
7 Bruce MCBRIAR 6 11 41 5 22 4 19 68
8 David ROSE 5 1 30 21 20 16 5 69
9 Iain MURRAY 12 3 15 26 4 19 dnf 79
10 Julian PLANT 3 4 28 15 ocs 14 16 80
Peter Campbell (As Amended by ISAF)
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