B14 NATIONAL TITLES DAY 4
The final day, and the National Title still to be decided, between Pig’s Arse, the overnight leader (Nick Richardson and Mark Padgett, TAS) and Sly Bone (Guy Bancroft and David Grace, VIC). Toxic (David Lorimer and Rafael Heale, VIC) decided not to compete with Raf still injured.
Conditions were a little heavier, 12 to 15 knots, easing to 10 knots with some rain.
Race 9, and the start was a bit hectic, with many not able to lay the pin. The Nude (Richie Reynolds and Lissa McMillan, NSW) and Siren (Gerry Brown and Chris Fermor (Leaky) – UK) had a fabulous start, but first to the top mark were the consistent leading group of Pig’s Arse, (Nick Richardson and Mark Padgett, TAS), Bonework (Scott Cunningham and Jason Walker, VIC) and Sly Bone (Guy Bancroft and David Grace, VIC). The lead didn’t change much after that, but The Plumbers (Ian and David Cunningham, VIC) and Sly Bone got through Bonework. The Nude came 5th, beating sistership The Prudes (James and Angus Luffman, NSW) who had a terrific race, coming back to the class after a two year break.
The 2010 J Boag & Son Blockbuster weekend was another raging success. Though not as big as previous years have been the blockbuster again has been a crucial part of the Tasmanian and again the Victorian Road Show.
This years’ sailing provided some changes including new winners Scotty Cunningham and Jason Walker. They put on a big show proving that they are and will be a force to be reckoned with in Carnac at the up and coming worlds. With four straight bullets on Day 1 and another two on day 2 to follow up, Cunningham and Walker set the scene for what was the biggest upset for the Blockbuster and more so Guy Bancroft. This year is the first Blockbuster that Guy has attended and not won.