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8 September 2008, 04:35 pm
WALKER Claims Second Successive Australian Match Race Title
Action from Perth
Action from Perth

Barbagallo Marine Australian Match Racing Championship 2008
Perth, Australia

Evan WALKER and his crew representing Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia claimed the 2008 Barbagallo Marine Australian Match Racing Championships on Perth's Swan River in unequivocal style.
Crewed by Will RYAN, Brendan CASEY, Kurth FATOUROS and Silas NOLAN, Evan WALKER won the first match of the best of three final by 52 seconds, then in the second encounter he forced his opponent, Robert GIBBS, into a succession of penalties which led to him being disqualified from the race, handing the title and the trophy to the defending champion.

"I'm ecstatic about it," commented the winning skipper, "I couldn't have done it with a better bunch of guys, we had a great week together, and it was just great to win it with them."

Talking about winning for the second successive year, the Sydneysider said, "There was a lot more competition this year, so it means a fair bit more than last year, it was good to get out there this afternoon and have two good solid wins."

WALKER and his crew proved tactically superior to GIBBS and his team, from the event hosts, Royal Perth Yacht Club, essentially winning the final by inflicting penalties on the locals.

In the first race of the final GIBBS had two penalties against him before he crossed the starting line, and in the second he started with one penalty already outstanding.

It was on the second leg of the course that WALKER harassed GIBBS into two more penalties in quick succession, which in addition to the one he was already carrying, prompted the umpires to raise the black flag and eliminate him from the race, handing the title to WALKER.

In the battle for third place, two local skippers, Gordon LUCAS of Royal Perth and Doug COOKSEY from South of Perth, had two tight races, with LUCAS a former winner of the title in 1999, beating COOKSEY by 29 second, and then a slender 1 second.

Conditions for Sunday's competition were ideal, with a steady 10 to 15 knot sea breeze filling in just in time for the start.

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John Roberson
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