The race 2 of the 18 Footers Australian Championship was a hard fought one and at the end, it was Niall Kinch, Simon Nearn and Grant Rollerson on De’Longhi who won the race held on Sunday.
The race started early as the fleet reached the lineup early and was eager to go. De’Longhi looked solid right from the start and at the end of the first of the three windward/leewards; the boat had a very good lead over its competitors.
De’Longhi did not give any space for the Yandoo (John Winning) and Smeg (Lee Knapton) to get beyond it. It ran a faultless race for the most part of the Day 2 of the Australian championship and had a solid lead over Yandoo and Smeg right for the word go/ The minor places saw a see-saw battle and there were four boats competing here. They were Triple M (James Ward), Coopers 62 Rag & Famish (Jack Macartney), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Compass Markets (Keagan York). They were mixing the positions at the front of the race.
De’Longhi did not feel any pressure throughout the race as it had a steady lead from the pack and continued on its merry run. John Winning was the only racer to put some pressure on the leader during the fag end of the race. Winning did everything in his might to end up just 9 seconds behind Nearn. Smeg completed the race in the 3rd position.
Nearn gave full credit to his crew for winning the 2nd race of the Australian Championship. He acknowledged the efforts put in by Rollo and Niall. Winning said that he was happy with the performance of his team and said that the conditions were not ideal for racing. The top 6 teams of the racing finished within 2 minutes of each other.