Michael Vaughan and Tim Hollingsworth from Adelaide on the Nacra 5.8 - Two Up.
Michael Vaughan and Tim Hollingsworth from Adelaide on the Nacra 5.8 - Two Up.

Sailors set for tough battle

SOME TOUGH, competitive sailing on Monday ensured the 60 crews in Hervey Bay for the national Nacra titles would enjoy their rest day yesterday – but today they will be more keen than ever to get back on the water.

Winds of 12 to 15 knots on Monday gave the sailors a challenge but almost all were up to the task – and they will be hoping for more of the same when they set sail today.

Three days and seven races still remain in the national titles and the competition is tight across all five divisions.

In the Nacra 16sq competition racing is tight between the top four boats.

Bundaberg sailor Mathew Caldwell is currently leading the way in that division while reigning national champion Brendan Whalley is close behind.

In the F18s Neville Thompson will be hard to beat but he will face some strong competition.

In the Nacra 4.5 division Geoff Horsley is dominating, having won all races in his division so far.

The Nacra 5.0 division has been especially competitive.

Steve and Kerry Curtis performed strongly in the lighter breezes but fell back with the stronger afternoon winds.

Hervey Bay sailor Paul Neeskens won the last race on Monday by only five seconds. Brisbane sailor Leon McNeill was second.

In the Nacra 5.8 division there has been some very close racing between the top three competitors.

Brisbane’s Scott Sandilands and his wife Wendy were favourites heading into the event but they are a point behind Grant Rogers and Neil Moxham from New South Wales.

Neeskens said the strong winds made things “a bit more lively,” but said the sailors were enjoying the conditions.

Neeskens was expecting some strong performances from the top sailors in the next few days and said if they produced they would be hard to beat. Racing will start at 10am.



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