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2020 Flying Fifteen Australian Championship: Day 3
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2020 Flying Fifteen Australian Championship: Day 3

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Manly, Queensland

Sake is on fire.

A double bullet day for the locals representing the host club, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

The first race of the day (race 5) got underway without delay in a 10 knot ESE breeze. The course was set for a windward/return, followed by a triangle. After the first windward/return, the race officer moved the windward mark to allow for a substantial change in breeze to the East. 

The Queenslander’s Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston came out of the blocks on fire to lead the fleet home for their first race win of the series. They were followed across the line by their closest opposition in the championship to date, Stephen Fries and Richard Machin from Sandringham. David Tabb and Dave Bennett (Ark) continue their climb up the overall leaderboard taking out third.

There was a short delay before starting race 6 so that the race committee could shift the race course to account for the breeze which had shifted East, then a further delay as the breeze moved further to the North, finally settling at 070 degrees.

There were 2 general recalls before the U flag was displayed but it still resulted in a clean start. The top mark was set perfectly underneath the middle of Green Island. With the influence of the island there were many shifts of up to 10 degrees and when closing in on the mark these became of greater effect.

This race, a 2-lap windward/leeward course, was closely fought out with close crossings and busy mark rounding’s. The big movers in this race was series leader (Sake) skippered by Ashley Smith rounding the first windward mark in 14th position but passing half the fleet to be first boat across the finish line. 

Second in this race was (The Flying Flamingo), Lewis Davies and John Radnell from DBSC in Victoria. A new name on the podium came in third, Sean Langmann and crew Peter Inchbold from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney.

Adam Kingston, Sake crew said:

“We were forced out to the left on the first work and found a nice left hand shift coming in on the port layline. After rounding the mark, we knew which side to go. We sailed high and fast to the corner and picked up the next shift. A good day today”

Peter Shaw from Tin Can Bay Yacht Club is sailing with his 14 year old son, Nick. “The Fifteens are a great, fun boat to sail. Nick is having a lot of fun and so am I”. Peter and Nick scored a 15th and 17th today and are currently 1 point behind the leaders in the Silver division. 

Now with 6 out of 9 scheduled races completed, the first discard has come into play.


Overall top 3 after 6 races with 1 drop

1 Sake - Ashley Smith and Adam Kingston RQYS - 8pts

2 Surprise by Giver AUS - Stephen Fries and Richard Machin  SYC - 11pts

3 The Flying Flamingo - Lewis Davies and John Radnell DBSC - 17pts

Thursday is the lay day and racing continues Friday with the series due to be completed on Saturday. 

Full results can be found on the regatta website:

by Chris Howell

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