Results - National Results
14 February 2019

Aussie's Back on Top of AUS IOM Championship Day 2

It took until late on day two before an Aussie finally overtook our American guests to top the leader board of the IOM Australian Championship with a new leader, WA's Roger Paul picking up after race eight before Sean Wallis took over after a win in race 9.


After the hot humid northerlies of day one, an overnight change saw the breeze shift to the south for day two with the 71 competitors greated with a cool southerly and overcast conditions for day two of the championship.

The wind strength varied considerably with moments of around 9-14 knots but then minutes later bullets across the course of up to 20 knots and above. Rig selection once again became critical with B rigs the chosen rig for the day as the breeze increased slightly. Race 6 saw some of the A fleet select C rigs but after the first leg the breeze died slightly and those with the C rig generally struggled resulting in relegation to B fleet and a return to B rigs for the latter races.

Queensland's Brad Johnston started the day well with 1, 2, 1 for the first three races of the day and had a quick rush into the top five overall and strengthens his position as a contender for the title in an endeavour to win the championship for the home state although this could not be maintained with a 16th & 29th in the fourth and fifth races of the day and see's him start in C fleet on day three. Johnston remains an outside chance currently sitting in sixth overall but he'll need to regain the dominance reflected in the am races.

West Australian Roger Paul although slow to start in the first race of the day showed good boat speed sailing his V10 to claim two race wins to take the overall championship lead after race 8 but with a 9th in race 9 he  slipped back to third overall at the end of the day. 

Fellow WA sailor, Sean Wallis, maintained his consistency with single digit scores (except for a slight blemish in race 6 with a trip to B fleet) and with a 2nd in race 7 and a win in race 9 has positioned himself at the top of the leader board 3.3 points ahead of American, George Pedrick. Pedrick struggled to find a race win today but still remains in second place overall scoring 8, 4, 5, 19, 6 for the day.

At the mid-way point there is certainly no individual sailor who has stepped up and dominated the championship and with just over 15 points separating first to seventh any one of these guys could find their way to the podium over the next two days.

Similar weather conditions are forecast for day three of the championship and if ever there was a day to make a move for the title tomorrow will be it.


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