RPAYC’s Milly Bennett and her “MAXX Team” have handled the strong winds and choppy conditions to win 7 out of 7 races in the first day of the Australian Women’s Match Racing Championship.
With wind gusts reaching upwards of 34 knots funnelling through Pittwater it made for a “challenging” day to say the least.
Considering how “extreme” it may have been out there, Milly was very relaxed about her racing and has credited her team’s local knowledge which helped her team finish with an undefeated scorecard.
“It was super windy, puffy and shifty, it was pretty extreme but it was a bit of fun. Pittwater doesn’t get that windy so we hadn’t had much training in these conditions but it was good to have the shifty sailing experience with our local knowledge which really helped us.” Said Milly.
Fellow RPAYC sailors, Clare Costanzo (RPAYC) are right behind Milly with 5 wins and Sarah Parker (RPAYC) is tying third place on four wins with Lauren Gallaway from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Coming an equal fourth position with Jessica Eastwell (SoPYC) is the young team from The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. They shook off the nerves and raced extremely well for their first international regatta. The team’s skipper, Stephanie Kirkman was happy with her team’s result.
“It was good today, we were very nervous at the beginning but then we got better and better while we were racing and thought we could get a few wins back. All and all it was a good day out on the water and can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.” Said Stephanie.
The Race Management Team were very professional in handling the conditions. PRO Denis Thompson & his team did a fantastic job getting in 7 flights with minimal hiccups.
Tomorrow’s racing will be held in similar conditions. Milly is sitting high and dry and will go into the second day of racing with a good lead.
Results are as Follows
1st Milly Bennett – RPAYC
2nd Clare Costanzo – RPAYC
3rd Sarah Parker – RPAYC
3rd Lauren Galloway – CYCA
5th Jessica Eastwell - SoPYC
5th Stephanie Kirkman - RNZYS
7th Kirstin Norris - CYCA
8th Caitlin Tames CYCA
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