Harry Price and team sit in equal third on the leader board after day one at the first World Match Racing Tour event in Perth. They have won four out of six races sailed so far in the first stage round robin. The CYCA team this week skippered by Matt Chew, had a tougher day, taking two wins.
Conditions on the Swan River’s Matilda Bay were perfect for day one, with bright sunshine and a seabreeze that built from a sedate 8 to 10 knots in the morning, to over 20 knots by the end of the afternoon.
Price and his team of Harry Morton, Murray Jones and Matt Stenta have punched above their weight in terms of experience in this regatta, sitting equal third, but fourth on countback to Perth local, Steve Thomas. This is Price's first regatta on the M32's, but has been labelled as the 'big surprise' to other competitors on day one of racing.
Sitting at the top of the leader board, is double Olympic medallist Peter Burling and his team of Kiwi sailors. Burling, who won gold at the recent Rio Olympics and silver at the previous games in London, has a crew stacked with talent, and it showed on a day of champagne sailing, when he only dropped one race in seven.
His on board team are Blair Tuke, who was his medal winning partner at both games, Josh Junior, another Olympian and Glenn Ashby, a multiple catamaran world champion.
Local Perth based skipper Matt Jerwood holds second place, also with only one defeat, though he has only sailed six races, so has the potential to equal Burling’s score.
Jerwood’s Redline Racing team have been strong contenders on the match racing circuit for several years, finishing fifth in the Fremantle Championship event last year, and third at the Marstrand finale of last year’s tour.
Steven Thomas holds third place after a tie-breaker with Harry Price, with both teams having won four races of six sailed, though Thomas beat Price when they met.
Matt Chew, sailing with CYCA's Sean O’Rourke and Will Ryan, with Cam Seagreen (WA) and Gemma Jones (NZL), were deducted half a point in their race against the current leader Peter Burling. They defeated Mans Homberg (SWE) and Perth youth sailor Will Boulden yesterday.
The three day regatta takes the form of a double round robin, followed by quarter finals, semi-finals and a final, which will be sailed on Wednesday.
Follow the results via the WMRT website, or the CYCA and YSA Facebook pages.
Scoreboard after day one:
1 Peter Burling NZL 6 pts
2 Matt Jerwood AUS 5 pts
3 Steven Thomas AUS 4 pts
4 Harry Price AUS 4 pts
5 Torvar Mirsky AUS 3.5 pts
6 Mans Homberg SWE 3 pts
7= Will Boulden AUS 2 pts
7= Logan Beck NZL 2 pts
9 Matt Chew AUS 1.5 pts
10 Jeremy Koo MAS 0 pts