Sydney again provided excellent sailing conditions as the top six teams began their third round robin, with a twelve 15 knot north easterly sea breeze sweeping up the harbour after a two hour wait in hot and humid conditions.
However, the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Race Committee knew the sea breeze was on its way down the coast and, once the cloud cover cleared, in it piped, steadily increasing to 15 knots, gusting to 18 knots.
SPITHILL was again unbeatable, winning five straight flights to finish at the top of ladder ahead of BETHWAITE and SOUTER, who each had three wins and two losses. BETHWAITE held second place after beating SOUTER in their flight.
After her impressive performance on day two, the 16 year old could manage only one win, unluckily losing her flight against Victorian Claire HUNTING (AUS) from Sandringham Yacht Club.
WHITTY, the youngest helmsperson in the Championship, was leading on the final spinnaker run when the bowline tying the spinnaker sheet to the sail became undone and HUNTING sailed past to her only win of the day.
With excellent sailing conditions continuing late into the afternoon, the Race Committee began the best of five semi-finals, with SPITHILL choosing BOYD as her opponent and BETHWAITE matched against SOUTER.
With a southerly change forecast overnight, the women can expect testing conditions tomorrow for the final and petit final with south to south easterly winds of 15-20 knots predicted by the weather bureau.
Australian Women's Match Racing Championship Results
Second Stage Round Robin
Round Robin Standings
1. Katie SPITHILL (AUS), 13-1
2. Nicky BETHWAITE (AUS), 10-4
3. Nicky SOUTER (AUS), 10-4
4. Lucinda WHITTY (AUS), 8-6
5. Samantha BOYD (AUS), 6-8
6. Claire HUNTING (AUS), 4-10
7. Simone DEANE (AUS), 4-10
8. Meghan ANDREW (AUS), 1-13