GLENN ASHBY WINS HIS 10TH AUSTRALIAN A CLASS CATAMARAN TITLE.

Glenn Ashby extended his overall winning margin in the final race of the
Australian A Class Catamaran Championships, held at the St Leonard’s Yacht
Club , on Port Phillip Bay to secure an outstanding 10th Australian
Championship in the class Race 9 was sailed in a fresh 18 knots of wind.

Ashby placed second, and Brewin who had challenged Ashby for the lead during
most of the series, finished in forth place. The race was won by Darwin’s
Jack Benson ( the defending Australian Champion), and Stephen Brayshaw
placing third to secure a third overall placing in the regatta.
First to the windward mark was Julian Jenkins. But Ashby, Benson, Brayshaw,
and Brewin are extremely skilful and powerful downwind, and soon moved
through to once again dominate the racing.

The St Leonard Yacht Club provided great facilities for both competitors and
spectators , and racing under PRO Ian Johnson was completed on schedule in
an efficient and timely manner. The winds were mainly in the light to
moderate range, with fresh 18 knot winds in races 8 and 9.

Glenn Ashby used an Ashby sail, and DNA platform. Steve Brewin used a Brewin
sail, and a Nikita platform. Stephen Brayshaw used a Brewin sail ,and a DNA
platform. All three sailors used a Fibrefoam mast.
Many thanks to Ronstan for their support of the regatta with supply of
prizes.

At the conclusion of the regatta, 18 boats were loaded into containers for
shipping to Auckland where the 2014 World Championships will be held in mid
Febuary.

The Australian team will be further strengthened with the addition of Nathan
Outteridge, Andrew Landenberger, Brad Collett, and Scott Anderson.

The World Titles should be a fascinating contest between a number of the
America’s Cup skippers and crew, against some of the highly talented A Class
sailors from Australia in particular, and the United States and Europe. It
would be a brave person to try and forecast the winner of this event.

Bob Griffits.

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