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7 February 2008, 09:51 am
MINOPRIO Through To Warren Jones Final
Action from the match between Stuart POLLARD and Phil ROBERTSON
The Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's Stuart POLLARD (no. 6) had a tight victory over Phil ROBERTSON of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron

Warren Jones Youth Regatta 2008
Perth, Australia

Young Kiwi skipper Adam MINOPRIO has ensured himself a place in the final of the ISAF Grade 2 Warren Jones Youth Regatta on Perth�s Swan River.
The only thing in doubt now is who he will face in the best of three sail-off on Thursday.

The options for the other place in the final have been narrowed down to two, defending champion Torvar MIRSKY of Fremantle and another Kiwi, Laurie JURY from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

Adam MINOPRIO, who won the event as a skipper two years ago, and crewing for his brother three years ago, was on fire on Wednesday, going through eight races undefeated to have a three point advantage over second placed JURY.

For the third day the sailors have had to contend with a very fickle easterly breeze which has really tested their skills, with the wind shifting in direction by up to 50 degrees, and fluctuating between 5 and 15 knots.

"I still don't like it," commented MINOPRIO on the breeze, "I prefer the Doctor, I can't wait for the Doctor to come back."

However, it was by playing the shifty conditions well that he dug himself out of trouble against South of Perth skipper Keith SWINTON (AUS).

"We messed up the start big time," he admitted, "He was going the right way, we were going the wrong way, it wasn't looking pretty, then we slowly worked the shifts in this easterly, which turned out to be good for us today."

Defending skipper MIRSKY has his back against the wall, and needs to win all his remaining round robin races to make the final, "We need to take the races into our control, and hopefully things will work for us," he said of the task ahead of him.

Talking about the conditions he commented, "It's good sailing, there's been good wind, it's good fun and the shifts are part of it, the better teams pick the shifts and win the races. We're getting into a rhythm and sailing better all the time."

The final is a best of three race sail off between the top two teams in the double round robin series.

The event is run by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation and this year is hosted by Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

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