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    Geelong Gold: 2015 International 14 Worlds





    Truswell leads British dominance on opening day

    British teams hold the first five places in the results after Race 1 of the fleet racing for the International 14 World Championship, being hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

    Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe, the current European champions, are at the top of list, kick-starting their assault on the championships. In second place is four-time International 14 World Champion Archie Massey and new crew Harvey Hillary. Following in third position is Ben McGrane and James Hughes, in front of fourth placed\ Andy and Tom Partington, while Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash take up the fifth slot.

    Truswell led the fleet from start to finish with Massey never far away. It was a tight battle between the two as they worked the shifts and the constantly changing pressure. Whilst the rest of the fleet were left in the wake of these champion sailors.

    The day started with an hour-long onshore postponement as the PRO waited for the breeze to settle and build. Once out on the course the earlier onshore anxiety of having to wait out the breeze, combined with the fast ride to the start line and early regatta jitters, took its toll on several of the teams as they pushed their way along the line and over early forcing a general recall.





    The second attempt at a start was under the U flag, signalling race disqualification for early starters. This time the fleet got away, except for two teams – Australians Anthony Anderson/Mike McDonald and the highly rated team of Dave Alexander racing with Massey’s previous world champion crew, Dan Wilsdon. They sailed the full course before finding out their disqualification fate for the first race of the regatta.

    Truswell was reserved in his comments on today’s race. “It was a really mixed day. The wind was quite shifty. I think we had everything from three knots to pushing 20 which made the boats really difficult to set up from a rake and power perspective. Halfway up the first beat the wind started to die and we had to scramble around the bottom of the boat, pulling strings, trying to get the rig set up right, to get some depth into the sails to give us some power. We managed to do that which brought us into the windward mark, fairly close to our arch-rival Archie the four-time World Champion.”

    Around the first mark Truswell was in the lead by about three boat lengths. The breeze kicked and the top boats flew across to the wing mark. Massey kept up with Truswell while behind them Mark Krstic/Cameron McDonald (AUS) led a tight group of about 10 boats including David Hayter/Trent Neighbour (AUS), McGrane, Nurton and Partington. There were a few tumbles on the first run with Chris Rutz/Michael Radziejowski (USA) being the first to test the water temperature.










    The wind was building all the time. Then the converse thing happened. We got stuck upright with a super powerful rig in approaching 20 knots. That made the next upwind really tricky for us. We were fighting the boat an awful lot. It wanted to take the upper hand, but we just managed to stay ahead.

    “Archie was a bit unfortunate at the windward mark. The breeze was shifting around quite a lot and he had to double tack around the windward mark. We were doing about 18 knots downwind when they went for the double tack. We were making good ground. Then throughout the rest of the race it just died off. We managed to hold our lead and maybe because of their double tack, maybe stretch it out a bit,” Truswell added.

    Massey’s crew, Harvey Hillary, keenly shared his thoughts on today’s race saying their day was really a story of two mistakes. “We actually overtook him at the leeward gate the first time round, but then we got the lay line slightly bad and he got inside us. After that we were really close up the second beat and then we got the lay line wrong at the windward mark and had to do an extra two tacks.

    “It was really unstable conditions out there. Anything could have happened on that last leg,” Hillary said.

    Heading towards the finish line the breeze then denied the fleet a clean finish as it faded to a drifter. Truswell and Massey just had enough way on to cross the line. Several of the back-markers picked up the last of the puff from the fading breeze to start to close the gap on the leaders, but it was too late to make any difference to the top places.

    Racing continues tomorrow with one race scheduled to start at 2pm. The forecast is for a perfect day of racing with a steady 12 to 15 knot south-easterly.


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    Highlights of the first day of racing of the 2015 International 14 World Championships held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Geelong, Victoria.
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    Drop The Weed and Climb The Ladder: Day 2 Int 14' Worlds



    The second day of racing of the 2015 International 14 World Championship is shaping up to be a great day of competition on Geelong's, Corio Bay. The second race of the series is scheduled to start at about 2pm in a 10 to 15 knot southerly.

    This morning's overcast conditions will do little to dampen the enthusiasm of the 67-boat fleet, particularly the British who hold the top five places after Race 1.

    One team who expect a kinder day today are Ben McGrane and James Hughes. They finished third yesterday even after some man-made and some locally-made problems. They knew they were sailing slowly, but initially couldn’t understand why. “It was the packing (in the centreboard). It pulled away on one side. It was a bit of drag.

    “There was also weed everywhere and jelly-fish,” McGrane said.



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    Apart from these distractions the changing pressure of yesterday was quite manageable for this young team. In fact Hughes said they really enjoyed the challenge of having to change gears.

    This crew can’t do much about the weed and jelly-fish, but at least they can be aware and know it will affect everyone in the fleet. So, take away the centreboard problem and bring on a steady southerly on the flat water of Corio Bay and this team could well sitting atop the ladder by the end of today.

    In the Australian Championship which is being run in conjunction with the World Championships, West Australia’s Brad Devine and Ian Furlong hold first place.

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    No Time To Nap When Title On The Line




    A smart recovery from a bad start and good tactics helped keep Britain’s Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe in first place overall after the second race of the 2015 International 14 World Championships, being held at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.





    They had a battle on their hands, playing the shifty wind and constant pressure changes to finish today in second place behind fellow British team of Ben McGrane and James Hughes.

    Truswell came off the start line in trouble, “We were on the starboard end of the line and holding a good position on the committee boat. A couple of Australian boats came in with great speed, straight over the top of us. It looked a bit marginal on the start, but it was clean and fine. They caught us napping a bit,” Truswell said.

    “Halfway up the first beat we were probably right in the middle of the fleet. We counted ourselves jolly fortunate to get back up to second place,” he added.

    Today’s race winners were pumped by their result, after struggling yesterday with speed issues due to jelly-fish, weed and a centreboard issue, which helped to push them out to third in the first race. The win in today’s second race of the series, has put them in a strong position on the leader board.

    Although PRO, Ross Wilson, needed to juggle the tough decision on where to lay the course as the breeze oscillated, there was no delay to the start time, with a clean start from the fleet of 67 boats.

    McGrane came off the line quickly, “We had a good start. It was pretty shifty and gusty out there. Even though we had more breeze than yesterday’s Race 1, there were still big holes.
    “He (Truswell) was buried off the line and then hit hard left on the first beat, but then got back through,” McGrane said.

    “Halfway up the beat we had a really good lead,” crew Hughes chirped in.




    McGrane led at the first mark, but then dropped back to about fourth place. “We didn’t know why, but by the windward mark we were back in front. After that we just had to manage what was out there and try and keep ourselves in with the other boats,” he added.
    Finding themselves at the wrong side of a few shifts then ensured Truswell closed the gap on his British compatriate.

    “There were 30 degree shifts. Everyone was spotting them and working them. We managed to just about get the upper hand of most of them,” Truswell said. He finally caught up with McGrane by the second time around the top mark and then stayed with them until the finish.

    “We came here knowing the British are sailing pretty fast. And the race officer did a fantastic job today,” McGrane said.




    Australians Brad Devine and Ian Furlong did an exceptional job to finish in third place. At the first mark they were in about 13th place. Taking a leaf out of Truswell’s book, Devine picked his lanes on the first reach and continued to make the right call for the rest of the race. “We got through on the first reach. Held our own on the second. The second wind work we got a couple of good lanes up the middle and a couple of good shifts which slotted us into third place and we held it from there,” Devine said.

    Defending world champion, British skipper Archie Massey and crew Harvey Hillary were very disappointed by their fifth place. They broke their jib sheet on the start line and then Hillary had to hold onto it right through the race. “Today should have been an easy win for us if wasn’t for the damage. We had pace,” a frustrated Massey said. With a lay day tomorrow they will be working on their boat to ensure there are no further equipment problems.

    On the overall pointscore Truswell/Pascoe (GBR) lead on three points. In second is McGrane/Hughes (GBR) on four points and in third is Massey/Hillary (GBR) on seven points.

    Remaining in first place in the Australian Championship, which is being run in conjunction with the World Championship, is the West Australian team of Brad Devine and Ian Furlong.

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    British hold onto lead after wild day

    The British have given notice that they intend taking out the podium places at this year’s I14 World Championships after delivering another commanding performance on Geelong’s Corio Bay.

    Britain’s Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe took first place across the line. Ben McGrane and James Hughes were second and the heavier and strong-wind specialists Richard Bone and Chris Rodway were third. Continuing on their dominating form, Andy and Tom Partington were fourth and defending World Champion Archie Massey and crew Harvey Hillary were fifth.

    There was some boat yard anxiety this morning as the clouds cleared and the wind built. Massey found his post-Race 2 fix-it job on the jib sheet didn’t work and he had to scramble around for some quick drying glue. Truswell was seen doing a last minute number on his sheets, making sure all were solid for a heavy race. Other teams were going similar checks in anticipation of a tough day ahead.

    Heading out to the course the capsizes started, and it wasn’t long before some teams turned tail and headed home. For those who made it to the start line they enjoyed a clean start. On the committee boat end Truswell, McGrane and Massey were together.



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    “Archie was beneath us and Ben above us. We all got lifted up slightly. Ben came out best from that start. After the first tack we got lifted inside of Ben and just cleared him at the windward mark. Once we found the reach mark, we were first to hoist. We got a little away there and then down the second reach we got a huge gust and had to drop the kite. There was a big shift on that second reach of about 30 degrees with about five more knots of breeze.

    “On the next beat Ben gained quite a lot by going hard right so we had to work quite hard down the next run to get away from them,” Pascoe said. Even with gusts of over 20 knots Pascoe said they weren’t fazed.

    “Ben had some trouble with his jib on the last run which finally gave us some breathing space,” Pascoe added.




    Tom Partington talked after the race about survival conditions today. “We got a knot in our kite at one stage. Then when we got down towards the leeward mark the waves were really lumpy. It was quite tricky conditions. We are normally faster in those conditions, but we have new sails and we haven’t quite found the right tuning for that sort of breeze,” Partington said.

    Massey had another disappointing day today, finishing in fifth across the line. “We spent all day chasing our set-up. We just struggled all day long. We were better yesterday when we had to hold the jib sheet,” his crew Hillary quipped.

    “The gap is getting bigger to the guys in front“, a down-beat Massey added.

    Even with two firsts and a second in his results, Truswell is realistic about how he will approach the final four races. “There is a hell of a long way to go. We just keep treating every race as a new one knowing at the end, that to win the world title we are going to need really tidy scores. The fat lady is a long way away as yet so we will keep our heads down and keep working towards nailing ones, two, threes,” Truswell said.





    Farther down the fleet there were plenty of teams making a valiant effort to get around the course and across the line. There were plenty of retirements with a depleted and exhausted fleet eventually making it back to shore.

    In the overall results, Truswell/Pascoe are in first on four points, McGrane/Hughes in second on six, Massey/Hillary in third on 12 points and Andy and Tom Partington in fourth on 14 points after three races and no drops.

    In fifth place overall and leading the Australian Championship point score are Brad Devine and Ian Furlong. Devine went into today’s race with a strong expectation that he would struggle against the British teams.






    “This is like club racing for them. The big bonus for the Brits is that they sail with the top sailors every weekend, whereas our top sailors only get together once a year, sail for seven races and then not see each other for 12 months. Their racing in that really, close, fast, environment all the time. The Australian guys tend not to do that because we are so isolated. Where their fleet is spread out over several yacht clubs, ours is spread out all over the country. So they have great club racing every weekend with the top sailors,” Devine said.

    In second on the Australian Championship point score is the over-50s team of Lindsay Irwin and Andrew Perry. They had a great, but tiring day, finishing in sixth place, ahead of Devine. “We got a bit tired and a bit brain dead near the end, missing the lay-line. Other than that we got around and kept it upright.

    It’s always good to be ahead of Brad,” a smiling Irwin said.







    Milder conditions for Race 4

    After yesterday’s windy afternoon race, the 67-boat International 14 World Championships fleet are today expected to enjoy a much milder day on Corio Bay in Geelong.

    The race management team at Royal Geelong Yacht Club are preparing to set a course for a south-easterly breeze of between six and 10 knots.

    This forecast will come as a relief for several of the exhausted crews who, like the British team of Julian Pearson and David Edge, have had gear repair work to do overnight. If they can get their boat ready in time, the pair will deserve, as a minimum, an encouragement award. Early in the regatta they broke their mast. They then had a super start to Race 2 leading the fleet before a costly capsize. Then there was yesterday.

    “We had major gear problems yesterday. A shroud gave way and it was game over. It then took us an hour and a half to get back to shore. In the process we lost our boom, but we have been able to borrow another one from a UK team. And, we have had to get some sail repairs done,” Edge said.

    On the massage table in the covered work area, Amanda Drennan has been kept busy. “Yesterday I had over 10 sailors on the table after racing,” Drennan said. Early this morning she was back to work with a steady stream of grateful sailors lining up.

    Today’s Race 4 of the regatta is scheduled to start at 2pm.

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    2015 Int 14 Worlds: Aussies Fight Back




    Australian skippers Brad Devine and Lindsay Irwin did their best to upset the dominance of the British today fighting them with vengeance in Race 4 of the International 14 World Championships being hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

    They put the pressure on series leaders Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe to ensure the British team’s win didn’t come easily. It’s been hard to fault that team’s performance. Even after choosing to re-start the race to avoid an OCS, they quickly grabbed the lead by the first mark and then never let go.

    In second over the line was Devine and crew Ian Furlong, who was also a nervous starter thinking, like Truswell, they were over early. Once off the line they followed the fast German team of Goerg Borkenstein and Eike Dietrich around the course until one poor tactical decision by the German’s gave Devine the opening to power through into second.
    Irwin was just so close to taking third place, but the disappointed skipper admitted it was tough racing. “These guys are really, really good. You don’t have to do very much wrong to get wrong-footed. We’re still pretty happy with our fifth,” Irwin said.



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    Third over the line was instead taken out by Ben McGrane and James Hughes (GBR).
    Geelong turned on stunning race conditions on Corio Bay for the 67-boat fleet with a sweet 10 to 12 knot south-easterly and gentle chop making for fast legs.


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    After an hour’s delay as the breeze finally built and settled in, the committee boat end of the start line was jam packed with anxious pointscore leading boats.
    Luckily Truswell was at the starboard end so he went back around, just in case. “I believed we were over the line. I was trying to position the boat and doing a really bad job of it and Sam was absolutely convinced we were over and I had nothing to believe we weren’t,” Truswell said.

    Devine said McGrane, who was to leeward of him, was panicking a bit on the start and so was Devine. “We thought we might have been close. We checked with the finish boat at the end of race to make sure we were clear, which we were. That was a huge relief,” Devine said.





    Truswell got around the committee boat really quickly and then headed right. “We got a clear lane. There were no boats in it and our boat did its magic. We found a huge amount of speed.
    “It was a shifty beat, but we got the better of the shifts. We were nigh on amazed when we got to the windward mark first,” Truswell said.
    Close on Truswell’s stern at the first mark was Borkenstein. They had a strong start and were very pleased to be in second place early in the race and keeping Truswell on his toes. “We had a good downwind triangle, but we started to lose a few boats due to weed on our rudder. Our boat is an older design while the other teams are smarter and quicker,” Borkenstein said.


    It was a tactical decision on the second upwind leg that cost them their second place. There was a big shift, where Truswell went left. They tacked away and lost touch with Devine who was behind them in third place. It wasn’t only poor tactical decisions that caused upsets today. There was a significant amount of weed on the course, far more than any other race day. Truswell stopped several times each leg to clear the weed from this rudder.




    Defending World Champion Archie Massey must have been saying to himself, if only. He was buried on the start line, fought back from sixth around the first mark to fifth at the bottom mark first time, however was then forced to take a costly penalty. “Brad Devine caused the whole thing,” Irwin said.

    “Brad decided at the leeward to clean his foils so he parked his boat fair and square on the rhumb line and started cleaning the weed off. So we came around behind him. We put our bow down around him. Archie came around behind us and put his bow inside us. As we came around Brad we came up on the wind and windward boat got touched. So we asked him nicely to do a 360 and he obliged us,” Irwin said.

    Finally, by the finish Massey had clawed his way back up the fleet to finish in fourth place.
    For Irwin, a stunning display of speed earlier in the afternoon turned sour late in the race. “We were third at the last leeward mark, but then we dropped two places on the last beat. It might have been because of a combination of weeds and tactics,” Irwin said after finally finishing in fifth place.
    Truswell was complimentary of the Devine’s attempt to unseat him from first place. “Brad (Devine) was right up there with us. He kept making inroads on us and then we squeaked them back out again. He was travelling really well today,” Truswell said.

    After four races the top three overall places remain in the hands of the British with Truswell/Pascoe in first place on five points, McGrane/Hughes in second place on nine points and Massey/Hillary in third place on 16 points. In fourth place overall is Devine/Furlong with 18 points and in fifth place is Andy and Tom Partington with 27 points.

    On the Australian Championship pointscore, Devine retains first place with five points ahead of Irwin in second with nine points.
    Three races remain in the seven-race regatta. One drop is allowed after the fifth race which is scheduled to start at 2pm tomorrow.

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