The breeze did stabilize long enough by 1445 for the race committee to set a windward, leeward, triangle, windward finish course for race four of the championship. The fleet got away to a clean start at the first attempt. Half way through the race the breeze had dropped to 4.3 knots and the leading boat was third-placed overall APTHORP and GREEN. The first kiwi crew of Aaron GOODMANSON and Alister ROWLANDS were in eight position, followed by Murray GILBERT and Jonathon BURGESS (NZL) in ninth. The course was shortened at the bottom mark and line honours went to APTHORP and GREEN. In second place were Ronald PACKER and Peter MUDFORD (AUS), and third over the line were Darren MARTIN and Simon MURRAY (IRL). Overall leaders Nick and Janet JERWOOD came in fifth.
After four races of the seven race series Nick and Janet JERWOOD retain their overall lead on the points table. However the Australian's lead at the top has evaporated to a mere four points over APTHORP and GREEN with the Irish pair MARTIN and MURRAY just another three points back. Kiwi's GOODMANSON and ROWLANDS are climbing the leaderboard and are currently sixth overall. Next best New Zealanders are Craig COULAM and Adrienne REKKE who are twelfth overall.
Races five and six are scheduled for Thursday 17 March in weather forecast to be south to southwest 15 knots, but rising to 25 knots and gusty over the Gulf with occasional rain developing.
|1||AUS||Nick JERWOOD||Janet JERWOOD||3||7||1||5||16|
|2||GBR||Charles APTHORP||Alan GREEN||1||5||13||1||20|
|3||IRL||Darren MARTIN||Simon MURRAY||2||15||3||3||23|
|4||AUS||Graeme LILLINGSTON||Edmond REPSEVICIUS||10||1||19||9||39|
|5||GBR||David McKEE||Chris HEWKIN||7||4||20||11||42|
|6||NZL||Aaron GOODMANSON||Auster ROWLANDS||17||9||6||10||42|
|7||GBR||Mike HART||Tim HALL||16||13||12||8||49|
|8||GBR||Greg WELLS||David TULLOCH||13||3||24||12||52|
|9||GBR||Steve GOACHER||Phil EVANS||8||23||2||21||54|
|10||AUS||Ashley SMITH||Kym THUMPKIN||4||14||37||4||59|