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    Truswell and Pascoe make crazy day another winner

    Britain’s Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe turned misfortune into fortune, when they took on today’s extraordinary weather on Corio Bay to deliver a convincing win in Race 5, of the 2015 International 14 World Championships.

    They tasted the fear of being beaten by the conditions and then the sweet flavour of success while their close rivals fell away with gear failure and wrong tactical calls.

    In second across the line were Britain’s Andy and Tom Partington, while just 30 seconds behind in third were Australia’s Mark Krstic and Cameron McDonald.

    As the boat yard at Royal Geelong Yacht Club filled up with casualties at the end of today’s racing, the war stories started to filter through about the drama and damage on the racecourse.
    With an hour to go to the start of Race 5 heavy rain was being driven into shore by the strong north-easterly and the low cloud seemed to be all but blanketing the course area, but the 67-boat fleet slowly shuffled their boats towards the boat ramp.

    Once on the course conditions varied greatly from eight knots at one end of the shortened course to 28 knots at the other. But, the visibility was sufficient to allow the race to go ahead on time.

    On the start line defending World Champion Archie Massey and crew Harvey Hillary were at the pin end while Truswell and close rival, Ben McGrane and James Hughes, were closer to the committee boat end.

    Truswell got a clean start. “The fast boys were all pressing the hammer down. It was pretty breezy, but we were holding station with Ben.

    “As predicted none of us could see the windward mark. People started tacking and we thought, well, we need to cover our bases, so we tacked a minute or two after the first tackers. We sailed and sailed and sailed until eventually the windward mark became apparent. We had over-stood it massively. We were all reaching into the windward, really deep, really fast. We were a casualty there as we had gone too far,” Truswell said. They rounded the top mark in fourth place.

    “The first reach was absolutely crazy. No one could fly a kite and with white sails we were doing crazy speeds. Our boat was just mental,” Truswell said. With no GPS on board it was hard to tell their speed, but others estimated they were travelling at over 20 knots. “The boat just goes and goes and the best way to survive is to let the dog run, which is what we did,” Truswell added.

    At the wing mark they were in first place. They tried a white sail gybe only to then go end over end and down. They got back up, launched their kite, threw caution out and let their boat take them back into first place. “We weren’t fazed at this point as we knew the rest of the race was going to be a bit of a battleground and there would be casualties,” Truswell said.

    Massey got to the gybe mark just behind Truswell and sailed fast around him, successfully setting a kite. But by the second time around the top mark and with Truswell close by troubles struck for Massey. He broke the starboard upper and lost their top batten.

    “We then couldn’t carry kites. When we gybed we could put it up on port tack, but when we were on starboard gybe, which was the long one, we couldn’t carry a kite,” Massey said.

    The breeze continued to build with the top mark boat recording at least one 30 knot gust while at the bottom mark there was only about 13 knots. Behind Truswell and Massey, the teams were struggling to manage the conditions. McGrane was the first to capsize at the top mark second time, then Devine/Furlong (AUS) and the Partingtons (GBR) followed.

    “We put the kite up, but then hit a wave and pitch-poled. When we pulled the boat back up the mast was in two pieces,” McGrane said.
    The clouds then started to lift, but there were still plenty of ‘sheep in the paddock’ with the north-easterly gusting 23 to 28 knots. Truswell kept up the lead, out in front all by himself. “Our boat, just the speed of it, was just crazy. The thing is just unstoppable.

    “By the time we got to the next windward mark we were first by a margin. From there on we tried to look after the boat and not break it,” Truswell said.

    By the finish line they were almost four minutes ahead of the Partingtons who sailed most of the course conservatively. “We were lucky not to have any damage. We lost our water bottle, my hat and a watch.

    “This is the first time we have sailed in that kind of breeze for a long time. We raked the mast back quite a bit further and we went a lot faster,” Andy Partington said.

    In the first place overall is Truswell/Pascoe (GBR) on four points after one drop. In second overall is McGrane/Hughes (GBR) on nine points. Provisionally in third place overall and with 16 points is Devine/Furlong (AUS) after they finished in fifth place today. On the overall point score that puts him in equal third with the Partingtons and Massey. On countback Devine keeps third and control of the Australian Championship title.

    However, as the post-race party was getting warmed up and clouds clearing to a pleasant early evening, the first protest of the regatta was being heard. It’s between Devine and Richard Bone (GBR) with the outcome yet to be announced.

    Luckily for many in the fleet tomorrow is a lay day. McGrane will spend a lot of the day busily replacing his broken mast with a spare and then setting up the new on in readiness for Race 6 on Thursday.
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    wild crazy shit right there!

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    New International 14' Champions Crowned

    Britain’s Glen Truswell and Sam Pascoe have locked in the 2015 International 14 World Championship title with a day to spare after another superb display of confident racing on Geelong’s Corio Bay.
    Not satisfied with finishing with a safe fifth place, they stormed into first place in Race 6 and into the class history books.
    “We woke up this morning knowing we had just two races to go and we needed to get a fifth or above in either race assuming Ben (McGrane) won both. We got down to race to find perfect conditions,” Truswell said.
    As Truswell and Pascoe pulled their boat up the ramp at Royal Geelong Yacht Club and were greeted with a champagne spray and cheers from their supporters, Truswell showed obvious relief at returning to shore the newest World Champion. “All young boys in England growing up and learning to sail, dream of coming down-under to win a skiff event. It means so much to have done it,” Truswell said

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    The team sailed a conservative race playing the pressure and wind shifts to just finish a few boat lengths ahead of Brad Devine and Ian Furlong (AUS).
    In third across the line was Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary (GBR). Massey was quick to congratulate Truswell and Pascoe, handing over the title he has held for the last four World Championships.
    A disappointed Ben McGrane and James Hughes (GBR), who went into today’s race with a chance of unseating Truswell, finished fourth.
    The fleet headed out this afternoon to be confronted by massive shifts and constantly changing pressure. After a 40 minute delay on the starting time, the breeze finally settled into a south-easter of about 12 knots gusting 18.

    Truswell said the breeze constantly shifted throughout the race. “When you are trying to get one steady result and not get expose yourself, it was the last thing we wanted to see. On the first beat we didn’t do quite as well as we didn’t want to hang in a corner and get hung out to dry. We tried to sail the middle shifts, the middle beat, but it was becoming apparent it wasn’t working. To do better in the race, to get the result we needed, we had to commit. That put us massively outside our comfort zone,” Truswell said.
    Their commitment paid as the early leaders – Andy and Tom Partington (GBR) and Graeme Everett and Andrew Wilson (AUS) – fell away with the massive gains and losses of the last two laps. Truswell kept up the pressure moving from fifth at the gybe mark to fourth at the top mark second rounding and into the lead by the top mark third rounding.

    The 2015 I14 World Champions, Britain’s Sam Pascoe and Glen Truswell. Credit: Rhenny Cunningham - Sailing Shots.

    “As the race progressed we started to get through to the front and in a sufficient position to win the championship.

    “Even at the finish when the gun went, it didn’t really sink in. We were so into the race and so intently trying to get the result that it took until we got back to the shore to relax,” Truswell added.

    Devine didn’t allow his painful back distract him from pursuing an aggressive assault on second place. He came out of the first top mark rounding in third and then fought the left-hand shifts to make it into second by the top mark third rounding. “We kept Truswell honest,” Devine said as he headed off to find a heat pack for his back.

    Massey and Hillary’s results of third today still keep them in touch with the podium. They felt that for the first two laps they were sailing slow, firstly blaming weed on the foils as the reason. “Later on we went out to the left-hand side, sailed away from the other boats and just went fast and had good lanes downwind,” Massey said.

    At the end of racing today Massey admitted Devine has found his form and will continue to be a real threat tomorrow. “Brad is starting to wind it up and go faster and faster so tomorrow’s race will be good,” Massey said.

    McGrane and Hughes went into today with the plan to sail conservatively, but ended up struggling to find the necessary speed to be able to threaten Truswell. They also weren’t happy with how their replacement mast responded in today’s conditions.

    They go into tomorrow’s final race of the series holding onto second by five points and plan to do whatever it takes to protect that placing.

    The Partington’s had a stunning first lap leading the fleet. By lap two their lead was diminishing as Devine and Truswell closed in on them. By the third lap they were clearly struggling, dropping back to finish in ninth across the line. This result has moved them back from equal third overall to fifth place.

    The closeness of the top sailors – McGrane/Hughes, Devine/Furlong and Massey/Hillary will ensure a demanding final race tomorrow.
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