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Final day of racing at 2007 Westpac Australian Team Racing Championship
Light breeze hindered the scheduled start time again yesterday for Day 2 of the 2007 Westpac Australian Team Racing Championship with the Race Committee forced to postpone racing for an hour.
With the competitors waiting on shore the tension escalated. All teams were keen to get on the water, however when the weather update was announced it was apparent their waiting would continue.
At 1100 hours the shifty easterly breeze finally allowed for racing to commence and competitors made their way to the race course on
Throughout the day the inconsistent breeze caused havoc with two races being abandoned mid way through the first leg due to a significant change in wind angle.
Two time former Wilson Trophy winner, and team member of Tripod Chris Kameen, said the conditions were tough due to the light inconsistent breeze.
“To be honest I think I started the day terribly but lucky for me my team mates pulled me through. The standard of competition leaves no space for error because when they see a weakness they pounce,” said Kameen.
Tripod is still clutching onto first place with Royal Tasmania Yacht Club close behind in second.
Nick Jones, a team member from the Royal Tasmania Yacht Club said his team were struggling with the light conditions.
“We need some heavy wind! If the conditions remain like this it’s going to be hard for us to keep our heads together. We are just hoping that the forecast comes through and there is wind on the final day of racing. We need the wind! We are a team of heavy sailors!” said Jones last night after racing.
“We did however beat Tripod when we were up against them, so that’s a positive sign that we can knock them off the top of the ladder. We just have to focus,” Jones continued to say, with his team mates reiterating that they could in fact take the title.
Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s team were positioned in forth after Day 1 however after some success on the water for Day 2 they are now tied for third with team Yachting Queensland.
The team was pleased with their efforts and skippers Hamish Roughley, Craig Souter and Murray Gordon were “all smiles”.
“In our opinion we were flawless”, said Gordon
“Happy days”, said Souter.
Racing for Day 3 is currently underway with Royal
The presentation will commence from 1800 hours this evening in the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Flags Function Room where the 2007 Westpac Australian Team Racing Champions will be announced.
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