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Krstic and Wilson take race 6 at I-14 Aussie Nationals

The unusual and difficult conditions tested the strong Australian International 14ft Skiff fleet, as rain squalls pushed across Waterloo Bay Saturday, keeping crews on their toes and providing Mark Krstic and Andrew Wilson with their first race win. Searching for the most pressure, Krstic and Wilson headed towards an ominous rain cloud that hung low over the left handside of the race track. Sticking to their guns the pair crossed the fleet and held off the rest of the pack rounding the first mark ahead.

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However as the clouds moved across the racetrack the breeze freshened to a moderate 15 knots pushing the fleet quickly downwind. Finding their groove after a tough windward work, championship leaders Brad Devine and Ian Furlong pressed on the heels of Krstic and Wilson as they rounded the second windward mark.

Things didn’t go quite as planned for Devine and Furlong as they hunted down Krstic. Sailing downwind on the second last leg they struck a creature of sorts in the water bringing their boat to a jolting stop.

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“ It was a shame, we were getting the boat in the groove up that last work in the breeze, but we hit the something flat chat with the kite up, we just hoped whatever we hit is alright!” said Devine.

The collision with the unknown sea creature left some damage to their foil making it impossible to move in the box. “Our winning streak came to an end, because of a bloody fish!” said Furlong as he examined the damaged gear after racing.

The collision gave Krstic and Wilson the lead coming around the bottom mark and made their job easy up the final windward to the finish, sealing their first race win for the series. Devine and Furlong took second and Lindsay Irwin and Rhys Bancroft finished third.

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I-14 - Australian National Championship after race 6 (26 entries)
1 AUS 661 Brad Devine / Ian Furlong PDSC [2.0] 1 1 1 1 1 5 pts
2 AUS 656 Mark Krstic / Andrew Wilson BRYC 1 2 [7.0] 2 4 2 11 pts
3 AUS 666 David Hayter / Trent Neighbour ASC 4 6 3 [6.0] 5 3 21 pts
4 AUS 659 Stuart Sloss / Ben Lawrie PDSC 9 3 4 5 2 [11.0] 23 pts
5 AUS 80 Tony Carr / Scott Cole PDSC 12 5 2 [17.0] 3 6 28 pts
6 AUS 670 David Lugg / David Bramley PDSC 5 [13.0] 5 4 8 7 29 pts
7 AUS 652 Ron Scherwinski / James Lanati BRYC [11.0] 4 8 3 10 5 30 pts
8 AUS 657 Roger Blasse / Andrew Gilligan BRYC 6 7 6 9 [12.0] 4 32 pts
9 AUS 663 Lindsay Irwin / Rhys Bancroft BRYC 3 [10.0] 9 7 6 9 34 pts
10 AUS 653 David Alexander / Cameron Mcdonald ASC 8 8 [12.0] 8 7 8 39 pts

G New
5 January 2013 9:59 GMT


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