Kivell & Aulich hold on in stiff winds at Sydney
After the light winds on Sunday at the Sydney International Regatta, Day 3 saw stronger winds at Woollahra SC, several injuries in other fleets and the abandonment of racing for the 4.7s. “The day started well enough with a steady southerly breeze, but winds coming from the south and south-west increased once racing was under way, with strong winds in the 25 knot range and big gusts hitting the various Olympic and Youth classes sailing at the Yachting NSW organised event”, says sail-world.com. See also Di Pearson’s report on Yachts & Yachting.
With one race for the 420s today, Amy Kivell & Kate Aulich, having discarded a 12th and having top 4 results across the board to count, retained the lead on 12 points. But, with a further bullet and a strengthened performance after Day 1, Mark Whittington & Scott Sharpe took over the 2nd slot with 17 points. Matthew & Benjamin Taylor go into the final day on 19 points.
The SIR is being used by several countries as a key event in the Olympic Classes calendar in preparation for Beijing 2008. Among them are many ex-420 sailors, and the experience here must be great for the Australian youth sailors participating in the 420 fleet.