Thursday, 6 January 2011

Game of Cat and Mouse for Last Day of Aussie A-Cat Nationals

Glenn Ashby finishes race 6 in first place, and leads the series overall on 5 points going into the final day's racing. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

by Anne Hinton

With storms around, an initial postponement of racing on Day 4 of the Australian A-Cat Nationals due to insufficient and unstable wind ended in cancellation of racing due to a "white out" on the water as the storms hit Lake Cootharaba, Queensland, with fury.

Dean Barker (NZL) sailing a DNA hull. Emirates Team New Zealand's skipper lies fifth overall at the Australian A-Cat Nationals going into the final day of racing. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

Three races are now scheduled for the last day of the event. Glenn Ashby is well in the lead, on 5 points, but there are four boats with between 14 points and 18 points on the scoreboard, so match and team racing tactics may well bring a game of cat and mouse into play for the podium positions on the last day of racing for the Aussie A-Cat Nationals in 2011.

Brad Collett, and Glenn Ashby on AUS 1, in the foreground, just after the start of Race 5. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

Andrew Landenberger lies third overall going into the final day's racing. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

Overall (top 10)
1 Ashby 5pts
2 Brewin 14pts
3 Landenberger 16pts
4 Bundock 17pts
5 Barker (NZL) 18pts
6 Anderson 29pts
7 Howden (GBR) 32pts
8 Collett 33pts
9 Parker 46pts
10 Mercer 55pts

In the foreground: Darren Bundock (left) and Glenn Ashby, between races, on Lake Cootharaba. Image copyright Mia Hacker.

Australian A-Cat Nationals 2011