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10 January 2006, 11:15 am
Aussies Fight Back
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B14 World Championship 2006
Sydney, Australia

Day two of the CST Composites B14 World Championship on Sydney Harbour, Australia and the first race of the day was sailed in an 18-22 knot northeast breeze accompanied by blue skies and a viscous chop. After the Brits dominated day one, the strong breeze and lumpy water helped bring the heavier Australian boats back into contention
Race one and the fleet got away first time with the left side of the first beat paying with Matt SEARLE and Andy RAMUS (GBR) on Gutted Hedgehog and Jamie MEERS and Matt GILL (GBR) on PICA ringing the bell in the left corner, rounding the windward mark first and second respectively.

The chasing pack played the right with lifts coming from Shark Island, third to fifth rounded the windward mark soon after. Downwind the fleet split left and right in search of bigger gusts with Kieran LIVERMORE and Tim AUSTIN (AUS) on BangBang making good gains to round second to Gutted Hedgehog.

The leaders consolidated their positions on the second lap. On the final third lap Gutted Hedgehog placed a close cover on Bang Bang to take the bullet. Meanwhile Marty JOHNSON and Mike HALKES (AUS) on Nerdwork stormed passed PICA downwind to take third, Nils JOLLIFFE and Jonathon BRANCH (GBR) on Boatracer.co.uk made a late surge for fifth.

Race four and the breeze had increased by a couple of knots with a slight shift left. First out of the blocks was Bang Bang who sailed an impressive first beat to lead at the top mark, and they were never challenged again in the race.

Meanwhile the rest of fleet worked the right hand side of the beat with PICA rounding second followed by Don and Kate FORSTER (GBR) on Minibus and Gutted Hedgehog. Minibus tested their rudder pintle to destruction on the bear way and some how saved a spectacular capsize, but their race was over.

By the bottom mark Scott and Cameron KENNEDY (AUS) on Octopussy and Nerdwork joined the chasing pack. Over the remaining two laps the Aussies handed out some downwind sailing lessons to get ahead of the Brits. Octopussy won the battle for second over Gutted Hedgehog, followed by Nerdwork and PICA.

Top Ten

Pos Nation Boat Skipper Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1 GBR Gutted Hedgehog Matthew SEARLE Andy RAMUS 1 6 1 3 11
2 GBR Boatracer.co.uk Nils JOLLIFFE Jon BRANCH 4 1 5 7 17
3 GBR PICA James MEARS Matt GILL 10 8 4 5 27
4 AUS Octopussy Scott KENNEDY Cameron KENNEDY 13 7 6 2 28
5 GBR AT&T Tim FELLS Sean DWYER 7 3 12 6 28
6 GBR CSC Chris BINES Dave GIBBONS 3 9 11 10 33
7 GBR Readycrest Mark BARNES Thomas PYGALL 5 2 14 18 39
8 AUS Nerdwork Martin JOHNSON Mike Halkes 17 15 3 4 39
9 COK Evil C Clive WATTS Chris DIXON 20 4 16 9 49
10 AUS The Plumbers Peter RAY Gareth WELLS 12 17 9 11 49
Jonathan BRANCH/Mark BARNES (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Sydney:© Ingrid ABERY/www.hotcapers.com
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