A cold but beautifully sunny morning greeted the 22 sailors who participated in Heats 10 – 12 of the Winter Championship. The day started out with a decent 14 knot Westerly which grew to 25+ knots by the end of the third race. There were a couple of breakages for Dave Newman and Ashley Deacon, but all in all there was great racing in a big building breeze. In addition, the Brett Beyer Winter Program continued its very successful format, with on-water coaching giving subscribers real-time insights. The winners for the day were: Standards: Geoff Kirk (Heat 10), Luke Parker (Heat 11), and Anthony Scaly (Heat 12); Radials: Campbell Patton (Heats 10-12); 4.7s: Brooke Wilson (Heat 10), and Daniel Costandi (Heats 11 and 12). Thanks to PRO, Michael Osborne, assisted by Christine Patton, on-water crew of Mike Gentry and Josh Pearl, and Max Dzhura for doing a great job on the results.
With three more Sundays of Winter sailing left (July 1, 15, and 29) here’s where we stand in the Championship battle: Radials: Andrew Cox is first (24), followed by Patrick Levy (27); Standards: Geoff Kirk is the leader (30), and Michael Osborne is in second place (37.7). Dedication seems to be the key as all these sailors have been present at every Winter Championship event. Last Sunday was the first day with a significant number of 4.7s in the Winter Championship, so it’s early days for this fleet, but Brooke Wilson and Daniel Costandi are battling it out for first.