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29 December 2005, 10:52 am
New South Wales Crews Too Hot In Heatwave
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29er Australian Championship 2005-2006
Brisbane, Australia

The tactically strong New South Wales 29er Skiff sailing team continued to dominate the 2005-2006 29er Australian Championship in almost windless heat wave conditions on Brisbane's Waterloo Bay today.
High humidity and temperatures in the sweltering high 30's provided a test of patience and supreme endurance as the crews drifted about in a soft unstable three knot wind for over three hours before race officials were able to select a fair sailing course.

Fortunately a six to eight knot sea breeze allowed the fleet to contest two of a planned four races which featured close racing with Clint and Ty MARSHALL improving their point score with a 31 second win in heat seven over their New South Wales team mates Mat VANDERVOORT and Josh CORNFORD, while the Queensland father and son crew of Phil and James KELLOND KNIGHT were another second away in third place.

Joel ROSE and crew mate Mat HODGE expressed the value of a clear wind start to score a comfortable win in heat eight beating the KELLOND-KNIGHT combination by 40 seconds while the series leaders David O'CONNOR and Alain SIGN finished third to retain a strong eleven point lead as the New South Wales crews prepare to decide the major medals.

Ian Grant (As Amended By ISAF)
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