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29 December 2003, 10:07 am
Report From Day Two
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Darren BUNDOCK (AUS) getting ready

Australian Hobie Championship
Moreton Bay, Manly

With the predictions of strong winds and the famous Moreton Bay chop, the Race Committee moved the race course behind Green Island for protection. This created a much more enjoyable race course for the competitors.
As the wind did not reach the predicted strength but a very enjoyable 12-18 knots it was a perfect day of Hobie racing.

Racing is taking place in the Hobie Tiger, Hobie 18's, and Hobie 16 in Youth, Open, Women and Masters events.
World and Olympic sailor Daren BUNDOCK had a much better day on the race course today in his Hobie Tiger. After finishing yesterday in the very uncustomary position of last, he sailed the race course today in style. He has now set himself up with early series leader Steve FIELDS in a great on water battle. In the last race a few centimetres separated these two as the hit the finish line at full speed. With Fields just taking victory. Bundock worked hard today "this fleet is tough and one simple mistake and your right out the back door". Fields echoed the sentiments "it is hard racing out there and with so many top sailors it is to slip back and with Darren and Brad SUMNER so close on points anything can happen."

The Hobie 16 Youth saw Robbie LOVIG break the start but recovered for some top three finishes in the next two races. All the youth have a drop race with the exception of Taylor BOOTH who had a consistent day. Taylor would lead the Australian Youth selection to the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Poland. As some of the other youth do not qualify in the age limit for ISAF.

Belinda ZANESCO had a perfect day on the water with three wins with arch rival Donna Kennedy having three thirds.

Kennedy made the error of de-powering the boat too much expecting the breeze to increase. "Before we left the beach this morning we thought it was going to blow harder than it did. Add to the fact we hit the top mark and had to do a 360 penalty turn. It just was not our day out there."

Husband and wife team Steve and Lesley KYLIE had two first places and have extended a handy lead in the Hobie 18 fleet.
David Brookes
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