Magpie swoop second Etchells regatta in a row
The third day of the International Etchells Australasian Championship was sailed on Sunday 11 June and despite the best efforts of their competitors, the team onboard AUS1486 Magpie skippered by Graeme Taylor, with Richie Allanson and James Mayo swooped in to finish off the job and take the regatta.
“We threw the kitchen sink, and the dirty dishwater and they were too good,” said Malcom Page, tactician on AUS1482 RacerCC with skipper Mark Thornburrow, Ethan Lozevski and Sam Saiki.
“First race, we had a good start and they had a cracking start. We fouled someone at the top mark and that put us behind the eightball.”
“Last start, we had it all to play for, we pinged them a few times, they exonerated themselves, and they still started more quickly, and they were too fast and too good,” conceded Page.
“They did throw the kitchen sink and a bit of fibreglass at us,” said Grame Taylor (GT) the skipper of Magpie.
“We had a really nice race this morning with a win. We probably got caught in a little bit of action for the last start, but we found a tight hole, and we were able to control him and sneak through, and it was good,” said GT.
“Basically, he pinged us twice, and we had to wake up and sort ourselves out. Now that we have introduced Big Fella as our coach we are doing pretty well. It’s all good, we are back and we are loving it,” exclaimed GT.
Besides the overall winners congratulations to Doug McGain for winning the Corinthian division with Michale O’Brien and Scott Miller, Mark Thornburrow for winning the Masters Division, and David Dunn for winning the Grand Masters Division.
Media Manager – International Etchells Class Australia
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