M 32 ECC 10, © 2010 T WalM 32 ECC 10, © 2010 T Wal

Melges 24 and Melges 32 East Coast Championships - Day Two

19 October 2010

Melges 24 and 32 East Coast Championships' second day offered picture perfect conditions, racing consisted of six short windward / leeward races off Towlers Bay, Pittwater. The first three races were sailed in the left over westerly breeze of six to twelve knots with incredibly close Melges 32 racing. Seconds separated the boats with opportunities to gain or lose places, Heath Walters, The Business, managed a clean sweep.

The Melges 24 racing was just as close. After the third heat Warrick Rooklyn Bandit was leading the regatta followed by Cameron Miles Roger That, and Rob Curtis Matilda in third.

Melges 24 32 ECC, © 2010 T Wal

After lunch the wind swung to the north east and a new course was set. Bandit and Roger That battled it out to the very end. Roger That needed a win in the last heat to win the regatta. They completed the task with solid racing finishing on equal points with Bandit who came second on count back . Matilda one point behind in third at the end of the day.

A fantastic effort by Malcolm Wood Fox May Wonder and his crew who travelled down from Southport Yacht Club for the event.

M 32 ECC 10, © 2010 T Wal

In the Melges 32‘s The Business crew lost momentum in race five with a close second to Chris Links Optimum Steve Girdis Funnel web and Kim Williams Rock and Roll applying constant pressure. However, it was enough for Heath Walters The Business to finish the day in first place.

M24 ECC winner 10, © 2010 T Wal

Great to see spectator boats out enjoying the tight short course one design racing with nail biting mark rounding’s and finishes.

This event was part of the inaugural Pittwater festival of Sail sponsored by SLAM. Harken and Sperry Topsiders supported the Melges classes and provided great prizes.

For more information, please go to: www.melges.com.au