Australian Melges 24 East Coast Championships Day 1
7 November 2011
Article courtesy of Tracey Walters, Melges Asia Pacific - WOW, what an awesome day of Melges racing. The conditions could not have been more accommodating for the Melges classes. A 20 knot sea breeze and beautiful sunny day, Pittwater was abuzz with sailing activity.
Steve Merrington RPAYC PRO commented “if you didn’t enjoy that days racing you need to take up golf”.
Three inshore windward leeward races held in the Taylors Bay area provided super exciting, close one design racing. The Melges 24’s lit up downwind, the Bandit Boys (AUS 814) off the back of their Worlds campaign belted out three guns for the day. Their downwind technique and speed is a pleasure to watch and left some of the other competitors wondering what just happened.
Anthony Passmore Planit (AUS 686) had great upwind speed and came home with the wipe out of the day after a second, second, SPLASH... eight.
Good friend and training partner Kevin Nixon Accru AUS 679 were keeping Bandit honest and finished on the board in second place overall on nine points, Murray Walters No Comment AUS 746 performed consistently one point behind in third place overall.