Day 4 at I-14 Australian Championships

Andrew Gough sends this report and images for the fourth and fifth races of the International 14 Australian Championships sailed on Queensland’s Waterloo Bay out of RQYS. Where Brad Devine and Ian Furlong stretched their winning run to 5 victories

Race one today saw challengers Mark Krstic and Andrew Wilson lead around the top mark with a strong tactical first windward. However it wasn’t meant to be for Krstic and Wilson when a gybe went wrong allowing for regatta leader’s Devine and Furlong to swiftly overtake on the next windward.

“We went for a gybe and I got caught up on my shock cord and that was that, we had a comfortable lead coming around that windward mark” said Wilson. “We are still chasing the gold boat (Devine and Furlong), We feel like our boat speed is good, but he is just good at what he does, he’s fit and going 100% all the time”. Krstic and Wilson sit in second place behind the regatta leaders by six points.

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With Krstic and Wilson’s mistake turning fatal, Devine had no other challengers by the second windward, taking the race win.

The second race proved more difficult for the fleet with the moderate 15- 20 knot southerly turning lighter around the 12 knot mark, testing the boat speeds of the fleet. Nonetheless this was no challenge for Devine and Furlong, who led from a clean mid line start and rounded the first top mark comfortably in first.

“We had good, close racing today, we changed our settings completely in the second race, we stood the mast up a lot more, more vang, it felt like a completely different boat” remarked Devine after racing.

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Still working out the perfect settings for their new stiffer mast, the Western Australian pair felt more confortable in the lighter breeze which played a major role in the second race. Devine finished off with, “We found some great numbers and away we went, the boat felt the best we have felt all week”.

I-14 - Australian National Championship after 5 races (26 entries)
1 AUS 661 Brad Devine / Ian Furlong, PDSC 1 1 1 1 [1.0] 4 pts
2 AUS 656 Mark Krstic / Andrew Wilson, BRYC 2 [7.0] 2 4 2 10 pts
3 AUS 659 Stuart Sloss / Ben Lawrie, PDSC 3 4 5 2 [11.0] 14 pts
4 AUS 80 Tony Carr / Scott Cole, PDSC 5 2 [17.0] 3 6 16 pts
5 AUS 666 David Hayter / Trent Neighbour, ASC 6 3 [6.0] 5 3 17 pts
6 AUS 652 Ron Scherwinski / James Lanati, BRYC 4 8 3 [10.0] 5 20 pts