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10 September 2005, 05:45 pm
Seve JARVIN Undefeated
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Rutgerson Deck Hardware Australian Match Racing Championships 2005
Pittwater, Australia

Another long but perfect day of 15 knot northeast seabreeze saw the early leaders strengthen their grip on the 2005 Rutgerson Deck Hardware Australian Match Racing Championships.
The top six teams have now been confirmed at the end of a marathon 66 match full Round Robin phase. With an all Aussie line-up it is Seve JARVIN who leads the way with a 10 win 1 loss tally from 3 teams tied on 8 wins and 3 losses.

That tie was resolved in favour of Mike DUNSTAN ahead of Mark DORLING with Katie SPITHILL in fourth. Adam MINOPRIO claimed the fifth berth, whilst Pat LANGLEY won the tie break against Keith SWINTON and Torvar MIRSKY for the remaining Stage 3 spot. One flight of the Stage 3 repechage was also completed but no team has been eliminated yet. With one day remaining and a thunderstorm possible PRO Denis THOMPSON may review the format, if this is required, to maximise the outcomes in the remaining time.

The day was truly action packed, event sponsor Jan SCHOLTEN effected a hasty running repair to a broken mainsheet bridle in flight 17 whilst still maintaining his lead against Adam MINOPRIO. In the following match however, SCHOLTEN managed to incur 3 penalties and was black flagged. Torvar MIRSKY handed an easy victory to Mark DORLING when he trawled the chute at the bottom mark rounding in flight 19. As the sail set nicely underneath the boat MIRSKY effected a modified 'chase boat drop' cutting the halyard to save the sail from damage. On the next run the resourceful crew used the jib halyard to set the chute. In the 'match of the day' between JARVIN and DUNSTAN, JARVIN led around the top mark in 20+ knots and as they planed down the run a proper course scenario developed which saw several Y flags and JARVIN cop a red flag penalty near the bottom mark. This would have put DUNSTAN in the lead, had he not dropped his chute in the water during the rounding, halting the boat abruptly until the sail passed right underneath and was recovered over the stern. By this time JARVIN had taken his penalty and established an unbeatable lead. Still, tomorrow is another day and DUNSTAN will fight to retain the title he earned in Perth last year.

When the Force 24 fleet returned to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, they were given a quick chamois over before they were officially 'blessed' by a cast of dignitaries under floodlights and the gaze of hundreds of delighted members. Sunday's forecast is for north north-westerly winds of 15-20kts which should see an exciting conclusion to a fabulous regatta.

Results After Round Robin 1
10 Wins Seve Jarvin
8 Wins Michael Dunstan
8 Wins Mark Dorling
8 Wins Katie Spithill
3 Wins Adam Minoprio
5 Wins Pat Langley
5 Wins Torvar Mirsky
5 Wins Keith Swinton
4 Win Murray Gordon
3 Wins Evan Walker
2 Wins Jan Scholten
1 Wins Matthew Chew

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF. Image: Katie SPITHILL and crew © Event Media
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