Australian Match Race Champion Michael Dunstan with crew Andrew Hutchinson and Stuart Pollard survived an arduous repechage series to take the title on Pittwater on Saturday in light and shifty conditions.
An obviously relieved Dunstan said. "It was so tricky out there!"
Light to non-existent breeze gradually built up 6 pushing 8 knots by late afternoon.
Dunstan used his aggressive tactics to win and protect the left side upwind so clinching the best of three final 2-0 from 2002 Harken International Youth Match Racing Champion Laurie Jury NZL. It was touch and go for the final race as Dunstan was at least three boats lengths in front of Jury at the top mark but Jury managed to get a great puff downwind filling his spinnaker and bringing him up close behind Dunstan, only to run out of runway.
Alfreds skipper and current Australian Women's Match Race champion Katie Spithill lead her all girl team of Emma Bullough and Elizabeth Walsh to an impressive third place and were the only team to take a match off Dunstan in the Regatta. Both are former Harken Champions and regular opponents.
Two Alfred's members Nick Garland's and Chris Anderson along with Peter Salt showed superior speed against Queensland team racing & dinghy hot shot Mathew Chew who had put in a great performance on day two 5 wins 1 loss but it wasn't enough when Nick held Matt's boat out for most of their final race together. Nick's lead carried him all the way over the finish line putting him in fourth place with Chew and team in 5th place.
Current NZ women's champion Annemarie Waugh and team made a big impression to finish day two in with 4 wins 2 losses putting them in 6th place.
The level of the ISAF grade 3 event held out of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club was nothing but spectacular with International Umpire Phil Mostyn (AUS) being flown in to join four other international umpires to oversee the event. The sport of match racing is intense and physically demanding and the mental focus for such long periods of time is a credit to all ten teams who were invited by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.