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Australasia's Melges 32s Tight Fleet

19 November 2011

Picturesque Lake Macquarie supplied some close Melges 32 twilight racing on day one of the Melges 32 States.

The new twilight racing format supplied by PRO of Lake Macquarie Yacht Club Russel Cummings proved very popular with competitors on day one of the Series. 

The format allowed teams to rig up in a relaxed manner and weigh-in for the first start at 5pm, back to the dock after the second race on dusk by 8pm.

Steve Girdis skipper of Melges 32 Funnel Web enjoyed the twilight racing but said "the only thing is we felt like we should pull out the cheese and biscuits down wind".

The Melges 32 racing was very close. Australian Class President Kim Williams and crew kicked off the regatta with a win onboard Rock and Roll jibing to take first from Angus Reid Maxstar who was followed in third place by Lake Macquarie local Brad Sewell on Breezin. Rock and Roll demonstrated the tight level of competition with a last place in the second race. Maxstar finished the day ahead in the series after a first in race two, Steve Girdis Funnel Web second with Gosford's boat, Sticks owned by Mike Turner in third exhibiting exceptional down wind speed.