ROBERTSON ASSURED OF TOP SPOT FINISH AT END OF ROUND ROBIN 2
by RNZYS Media | 20/11/10
Phil Robertson had a outstanding day with eight wins from eight races to end Day 2 with a 3 point advantage over his nearest rivals in the Telecom New Zealand Match Racing Championships , assuring him of first place and choosing rights for the semi-finals.
'I’m rapt with the position we are in tonight. We had some fantastic close racing out there today. I thought we’d lost the first match of the 2nd round robin to Will Tiller as he had a big lead on us but still had a penalty turn to do. He did that on the finish, but they couldn’t get the kite down and so we passed them on the finish line. We had a penalty in our match against Reuben (Corbett) but managed to lose that on the 2nd upwind leg and still come out on top, so yes, I’m very happy with today’s results.'
Whilst yesterday’s racing was tame by comparison, today’s racing was spectacular. An easterly breeze of 13-15 knots swung to the north after the first flight resulting in numerous mark changes, keeping Race Officer Megan Kensington and her team on their toes. The umpires were also kept busy with an active day on the waters of the Waitemata Harbour.
'Better wind conditions and the end of the round robins meant the sailors were a lot more aggressive today. As a result there were some flag filled races' noted US Chief Umpire Jeff Borland.
With only 2 more flights in the second Round Robin, the remaining 3 spots for the semi-finals are all up for grabs. Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club skipper Josh Junior ends the day on 10 points, but with Chris Dickson, Reuben Corbett and William Tiller, all on 8 points, it is all to play for tomorrow. One of these 4 skippers will miss out on that all important ticket to the semi-final. Tiller has raced one extra race and starts tomorrow’s racing with a bye, so his one race must count. Tiller can only hope for an upset amongst his competition to gift him that semi-final slot.
Racing continues tomorrow, Saturday with the final 2 flights of Round Robin 2.
Current Standing (End of Flight Seven RR2)
Robertson 13 wins/1 loss
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