The sun came out for racing on day three of the Warren Jones Regatta as the second round robin began. The southerly gradient wind was more unstable today than previous days, with bigger shifts and pulses throughout the day. Price had a solid day, to take three wins from four races against Hodgson, Boulden and Dargaville.
Mans Holmberg from Sweden was their first race of the day, in a shifty 3-10 knots south easterly breeze. Harry led off the line to windward, however the left shift on the boundary was too big to be able to hold next to Holmberg, and they got bounced out of the breeze. The positions didn’t change throughout the race, and Price came away with his only loss of the day.
Price controlled their next race against James Hodgson, giving him a penalty in the pre-start for not keeping clear as the windward boat in the dial up. The CYCA team was able to extend away from their opponent up the first work by sailing the shifts and maintaining their cohesive crew work.
“Our crew work has been absolutely phenomenal so far this week,” Price said. “It’s the first time we’ve sailed together as a crew, so it’s good to be able to fall back on that when we need to attack.”
Price had to work very hard for his next win against Will Boulden, coming from behind to make one of the only overtakes of the day. He didn’t have the start he wanted, getting caught slow in the last 30 seconds of the start to trail Boulden off the line.
However, he didn’t give up and threw tacks at his opponent up the first work and managed to round the bottom marks on split tacks with only a second or two between them. Harry and team sailed in phase with the shifts during the easing breeze, and rounded the final top mark ahead. A few split gybes were done by Boulden to create any opportunity he could, but Price knew where he wanted to sail and extended to take the race win.
In their final race of the day, team Price put Dargaville under pressure with the momentum they had in the previous two races. Their crew work was no match for Price’s, who led around the track and took the opportunity to lock it down by covering Dargaville around the bottom mark after a messy spinnaker drop.
Today will be an important day for the team, as the Race Committee has decided to finish the second round robin and cut the quarter finals from the schedule, to move straight into semi-finals for the top four.
Racing continues today in front of Perth CBD with live results via the Warren Jones Regatta website and Facebook page.