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15 October 2006, 01:46 pm
Ichi Ban Wins
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Corinthian Doors Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 Regatta 2006
Port Stephens, Australia

Matt ALLEN's (AUS) Ichi Ban won the Corinthian Doors Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 regatta after the final day of racing in Australia. Two races were held off Port Stephens in a ten knot south easterly with a two metre swell.
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Heading into the final day the top five places were separated by six points so everyone knew every result would count and make or break their final place. Race eight of the series and Michael MILNE's (AUS) Blacksnake team was firing on all cylinders and moved to the front of the fleet on the first downwind leg and extended on each leg to take a convincing win.

Overnight leader Ichi Ban slipped from third to fifth and Ray ROBERTS' (AUS) Quantum Racing, who overnight were in second to Ichi Ban by two points, managed to do the reverse of ALLEN and finish in second.

The final race of the series and everyone wanted the boat end of the start line with most boats favouring the right side of the course. Unfortunately three boats were locked out and could not make the start line and had to manoeuvre themselves around the back of the committee boat to cross the start three minutes after the rest fleet.

Start To Finish Bullet For Ichi Ban

Ichi Ban had a clean start and shot to the lead of the fleet and stayed there for the entire race to take their third race win of the series and the regatta. Quantum Racing, Don TELFORD's (AUS) Rushcutter and Ivan WHEEN's (AUS) Sputnik all mirrored Ichi Ban's mark roundings and maintained their positions for the duration of the race to finish second, third and fourth respectively.

The Farr 40 class would like to thank the event sponsors who have been involved as sponsors of this event for is seven years of competition - Corinthian Doors, Peppers Anchorage and Club Marine Insurance.

The next regatta on the Australian Farr 40 calendar is the Rhodes Waterside F40 Regatta, from 27-29 October at Royal Price Alfred Yacht Club, Pittwater.

Sam CRICHTON (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Ichi Ban leading the Farr 40 fleet around the top mark:© Sam CRICHTON
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