standard 2unlimited wins East Coast Championship

Principal Race Officer Steve Merrington had his work cut out at the Melges 32 East Coast Championships over the weekend. Merrington’s perseverance and patience provided a spectacular six races series in testing conditions. In race one the wind swung through all points of the compass. The fleet started the race only to be recalled after a 180 degree swing.

Pittwater was busy with club racing on Saturday afternoon, crews lined up on the rails like stadium spectators watching the awesome racing and large spinnakers of the Melges 32 fleet planning downwind in twenty plus knots of wind weaving through the course.

At the first rounding of the top mark in each race the Melges 32 fleet were incredibly close, gains were made downwind staying in pressure and looking for the next shift. The series was tight, all boat achieving places in the top three at some stage.

The Tasmanian boat 2 Unlimited AUS 216 skippered by Greg Prescott needed to work hard for their win at the East Coast Championships. The crew were able to defend their title for a second year fighting off the other Melges 32’s under the experienced instruction of tactician Darren Jones. The 2 Unlimited crew are enjoying their winning streak but can feel pressure of the fleet bearing down.

Chris Way Easy Tiger III AUS 221 finished the regatta in second place, and commented “We’re getting closer” when asked about his crews performance in relation to 2 Unlimited. Easy Tiger finished two points behind 2 Unlimited, their worst result a third place.

Martin Cross’ If AUS 582 is a regular club racer at the RPAYC and took advantage of his local knowledge of the Towlers Bay race course to challenge the leaders, placing third overall. Pittwater challenges the best sailors and mistakes were paid for in the tight one design racing.

Melges 32 crews will head up Lake Macquarie Yacht Club for the Melges NSW State Titles in a fortnight’s time.

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