The first race on Monday, the seventh in the series was started in an eight to ten knot southerly, not at all what was forecast. Michael James on The Beast was quick off the blocks, but Freddo Kasparek of Canberra Yacht Club managed to round just ahead, with SuperVax and at the time second placed skipper Brett Whitbread in third. The top three at this stage were all two-up crews, indicative of the lighter conditions. By the gate The Beast had the lead, ahead of Kasparek, SuperVax, Speedwagon and Finger Jam.
For race eight the Sou’easter that was forecast at 15 to 18 knots appeared to be settling in. The right hand side paid dividends on the first work, apparently due to the tide, and the locals again showed the visitors the way, with SuperVax leading from start to finish ahead of the Angry Beavers and The Beast, taking an all RQYS podium in two out of two races for the day.
The breeze settled at 18 knots and 130 degrees for the third and final race of the day and the series, race 9. Daniel Alcock and his team on board Angry Beaver basically had no choice but to win the race to have a shot at the title with a second drop coming into play at nine races, and SuperVax couldn’t finish with more than one boat in between. Alcock’s team were off to a quick start, continuing to extend their lead over SuperVax as the race went on. The heavier Speedwagon crew skippered by Andrew York moved into second up the final work as the breeze started to increase ahead of an approaching front, and the other three up crews closed on SuperVax. SuperVax pulled out all stops to get around the top mark in the top three.
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