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Day 2 Saturday the 5th of January With day 1 lost due to the Gale force winds that were forecast, the race committee decided to run with 3 races for Saturday and Sunday to get the event back on schedule. Straight out of the blocks Craig Garmston and his new crew Aaron Hirst won the first 2 races. Craig and Aaron had been virtually unseen as a pair due to sailing further up the bay at Chelsea Yacht Club were not expected to perform at such a high level. Scott Cunningham and Hugo Briggs on the otherhand were the favorites who were reguarly turning up to McCrae and beating Bangers and Louis. In the light conditions where the wind was variable between 7-12 knots and with big holes and wind shifts it was a bit of a lottery. It would take Scotty Cunningham till the 3rd race to win a race in this snakes and ladders day. Bangers and Loouis sailed consistently to take 3 2nd places.The top 3 were;Garmston/Hirst 6 pointsBancroft/Chapman 6 pointsCunningham/Briggs 7 points
Day 3 Sunday the 6th of JanuaryBetter conditions prevailed today with the breeze more consistent in strength and direction. And there was something for everyone today the 1st race was 10-12knots , the second 12-15knots and the 3rd 15-18knots. Scaott and Hugo enjoyed the day to go 1-2-1 to be outright leader on 7 points after 6 races. Craig and Aaron again enjoyed the moderate conditions to take 1st in race 5. Bangers and Louis had a day they would rather forget finishing in no better than 3rd place. Adrian Beswick and Jono LeBis had a good day to move into 4th spot overall with a 3rd and a 2nd and were now equal on points with Richie and Lissa. The event was now back on schedule with 6 races run on days 2 and 3.
Bugger the Bone was held on the Sunday night with the skippers convincinly beating the crews in the challenge. This must of been because the crews had nothing left in the tank due to working their guts out on the race course.Competitors then enjoyed the sponsors products of Phaedrus Wine, Beach Box Gin and Jetty Road Brewery beer. And they were all looking forward to having a layday on the Monday with many staying back late enjoying the summer night.
Day 4 Tuesday the 8th of January This would be redemption day for Bangers and Louis sailing in their preferred conditions of 15-20knots they were able to take line honours in both races, but Scott Cunningham and Hugo maintained their consistency to take two 2nds had hold of a 2 point lead going into the final day.
Day 5 Wednesday the 9th of January It was all up to Scott and Hugo now, what would they bring to the table? Bangers and Louis were not going to lay down, Bangers 9 times National Champ knows how to win, just keep putting pressure on your opponent and see them wilt. And that he did all the way through race 9, both Bangers and Scotty fought a neck and neck race but Scotty and Hugo managed to win race 9 under extreme pressure from Bangers and Louis by half a boat length at full speed almost taking out the finish boat in the process. This win was enough to seal the event for Scott and Hugo after drops they had 21 points with ( 4),3,1,1,2,1,2,2,1,(4)
Overall Results found at:http://sailingresults.net/site/event/80218/overall_1.html?Tkn=184716
Overall1st Scott Cunningham/ Hugo Briggs2nd Guy/Bancroft/ Louis Chapman3rd Craig Garmston/ Aaron Hirst
Handicap Results 1st Allen Graham/Nathan Reynolds2nd Ron Kane/David/Cunningham3rd Stephen Miller/ Lauren Bird