Racing continued on day two at the Warren Jones Youth Match Racing Regatta in an overcast and shifty south easterly breeze on the Swan River. The breeze pulsed between 5 and 10 knots and got shiftier throughout the day, making for intense racing. Price and team are currently sitting in 5th position after the conclusion of round robin one, on six points.
It was a costly day for Price, after multiple collisions throughout the day, as they had points deducted from their overall score, dropping the team down the leader board further than expected. But with still another round robin to go before the knockout stages begin, plenty of points are still up for grabs to climb the regatta leader board.
The most costly incident came during Price’s match against local Lachlan Gilmour (RFBYC). A intense pre-start saw close boat crossings before a misjudgement from Price, saw them hit Gilmour’s port side, piercing a hole in the side of the yacht. This saw a full point deduction from their score card.
They regrouped during the race, to lead off the start line and around the course. The short race track meant there wasn’t enough time to extend their lead to complete a penalty turn, and were overtaken whilst taking the turn.
In the race against George Anyon (RNZYS), Price got caught on the back foot in the pre-start earning a penalty for gybing too close, and then struggled to accelerate off the line, giving his opponent a two boat length lead. Price attacked up the first work to round just behind Anyon, but incurred a second penalty for hitting the top mark and take his second loss of the day.
The action only heated up after that for the CYCA team in the race against Matt Jerwood (RFBYC). Price dominated the pre-start, giving Jerwood two penalties, which ultimately resulted in a black flag. However, in the midst of the intense pre-start Price unfortunately had his second collision of the day, this time with a small spectator boat that was completely missed on board.
As the breeze got shiftier and lighter into the afternoon, the racing became even more intense. In the final race of the day against Sam Gilmour (RFBYC), Price controlled Gilmour in the pre-start box, giving him a penalty. Gilmour had little to no flow off the start and drifted sideways into the pin mark to receive his second penalty of the race.
The race course allowed for no mistakes, and Price’s team cost themselves the lead down the first run after a twist in the spinnaker. Rounding the bottom mark overlapped with Gilmour, Price stayed in touch up the work just enough to claim the race win at the bottom, as Gilmour still had an outstanding penalty.
Racing continues today in front of Perth CBD with live results via the Warren Jones Regatta website and Facebook page.