Saturday, 26 February 2011

Musto Wellington Match Race Cup: Day Two Report

Josh Junior and crew were top on the first day of the men's competition in the MRXs in Wellington. Image copyright RPNYC.

by SailRaceWin

Two round robins were completed on the first day of the men's competition in MRXs at the Musto Wellington Match Race Cup. Competitors had to wait a while for the breeze to fill in before racing got underway from the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club's committee boat.

Local sailor, and Olympic Laser campaigner, Josh Junior finished with the best scoreline: 5-1. Will Tiller (FMJ Racing, RNZYS) was second at the end of the day, on 4-2, while fellow RNZYS sailor, Reuben Corbett (Black Sheep Racing) finished on 3-3. The RPNYC youth team, skippered by Tim Coltman, did not win any races on day one.

The women had started racing, in Elliot 6 metres, one day earlier than the men. The two Olympic campaigning teams, Stephanie Hazard (Koru Match) and Sam Osborne (Silver Sails) were clearly ahead of the other four womens teams. Osborne had the lead after day one, but two round robins later, Hazard heads the scoreboard with 11 wins to Osborne's 9. Another Auckland team, that of Danielle Bowater, lies third with 6 wins, while Anita Trudgen is the only other scorer, with 4 points on the board.

Musto Wellington Match Race Cup