Today at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds at Long Beach, California, Martin Hill’s Estate Master maintained its sixth place overall, despite a fishing expedition.
The Estate Master crew settled in and sailed consistently to fifth and fourth places in Races four and five respectively. Following a reasonable start in Race six and rounding the top mark in the top six, they fell away to finish 10th to maintain sixth place overall on 38 points.
“We started the day well with two good results, but we were fouled by a fishing boat and kelp on the rudder in the third race, which put us back in the fleet,” Hill said after racing. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the passing lanes after that.”
Estate Master’s results have her sixth place on 38 points. Defending world champion, Plenty (Alex Roepers), is the new leader on 10 points, Nightshift (Kevin McNeil) is second on 12 points, and Groovederci (John Demourkas) is third on 14 points. All three are representing the USA.
“We’re still sixth overall, we haven’t lost anything, and tomorrow is another day and a chance to climb back,” the Sydney yachtsman said, adding: “The racing is very close and exciting.”
Mark roundings were so tight in all three races that spectators held their collective breaths as calls were made for buoy room. By Race six, the breeze had increased and the fleet flew around the course and Estate Master was in the first six to round the top mark. However, despite conditions being ideal for the Aussies, other things conspired against them.
Positions at the top of the board have changed dramatically with six races now sailed. Wolfgang Schaeffer’s Struntje light (GER) has taken the lead on 23 points, with John Demourkas’ Groovederci (USA) second on countback and defending world champion, Plenty (Alex Roepers) is now third on 25 points.
Two days of racing remain at the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds, which continues tomorrow when officials plan to put three more races to bed. A maximum 11 races are scheduled for the series and racing is due to commence shortly after midday each day.
Estate Master is one of 17 boats from six nations entered for the Rolex Farr 40 Worlds and Pre-Worlds which are being hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club.
by Di Pearson