Conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, the Championship's second round robin was sailed in a 15-18 knot south easterly breeze in the morning which eased during the afternoon and swung more to the east. However, all flights in the round robin were completed.
WHITTY started her match racing career in last year's Australian Women's Match Racing Championship, but this is this is her first regatta with her present crew of Tiffany FULDE (19) on mainsheet, Kathleen STROINOVSKY (16) as for'ard hand and Sarah BILSEL (16) on bow. All four are members of the YSA women's summer squad.
Following three wins in the first round robin, WHITTY showed greater confident and excellent tactics at the starts today to notch up five victories, including inflicting the only defeat so far of Australia's top sailor in the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings, world number seven SPITHILL from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club
SPITHILL has dominated the series so far, finishing the two round robins with 13 wins in 14 flights.
Another big improver was Olympian Nicky BETHWAITE (AUS), representing the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. BETHWAITE and her crew of Karyn GOJNICH and two young Squadron Youth Programme members Katie BROWN and Kate REDDY, moving up to second overall with six wins today.
The CYCA's number one team skippered by Sam BOYD (AUS) has also qualified for the second round with two wins today, while sixth place in the second round went to Victorian Claire HUNTING from Sandringham Yacht Club. HUNTING ousted the CYCA's Simone DEAN by beating her in their encounter today.
Australian Women's Match Racing Championship Results
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