Tom Slingsby, Harry Price, Will Sargent and Cole Tapper have benefited early strong performances at Day 2 of the Bolle Australia Match Cup, advancing to the quarter finals. The remaining five teams will now start from scratch vying for the final quarter final positions
Day 2 saw ideal conditions on Sydney Harbour for match racing, with a steady sea-breeze building throughout the day. The opening session of the today saw Sailing Racing show how quickly they have come to grips with the CYCA’s fleet of Elliott 7s. Slingsby, took all of his round robin two races and topped the group ahead of yesterday’s leader Will Sargent.
The second session featuring Group A skippers, again saw extremely close racing. There were huge upsets throughout the session as the leader board swapped after every flight before the top 2 teams advancing straight to the quarter finals berths. After losing to Jack Littlechild’s Team CYCA in their opening race of the day, DownUnder Racing sealed the top of Group A by taking their remaining three matches.
CYCA Youth skippered by Cole Tapper stole the second advance quarter final spot in Group A, beating Lazy Dog on countback, having beaten them in both round robins.
The remaining five teams will now basically start from scratch with points restarting in the Repechage Round. Whilst this stage is usually seen as a second round save for competitors new to an event, at the end of the stage tomorrow only one team will lie in the dreaded wooden spoon position.
All eyes will be on tomorrow’s repechage round, especially for regatta leaders Sailing Racing, who have earned the right to choose their opponent first in the quarter final pairings. The top four teams will surely be watching the racing closely tomorrow before the quarter finals will commence at approx. 1500hrs. The skipper in each series to score two points will advance to Friday Finals Day.
Racing will continue tomorrow at 1230hrs in Rushcutters Bay. Competitors will complete their second round robin with live racing at www.cyca.com.au/live-results
1st Sail Racing Tom Slingsby GSC
2nd DownUnder Racing Harry Price CYCA
3rd CYCA Racing Will Sargent CYCA
4th CYCA Youth Cole Tapper CYCA
5th Lazy Dog Steve Thomas MHYC
6th Squadron One Jed Cruickshank RSYS
7th Team CYCA Jack Littlechild CYCA
8th Team RPAYC Cam Whiteside RPAYC
9th Squadron Two Maddie O’Shea RSYS