J24 Nationals – Day 1

A challenging day for most of the fleet, especially interstate boats who aren’t used to the 2m swell and shifty light winds.

Race 1 was convincingly won by Nev Wittey on Sailpac who led from start to finish, closely followed by John Crawfords’ Innaminka, skippered by his nephew, Robert Crawford and third place went to Death Star skippered by Sean Kirkjian.      Defending National champion, Sean Wallis came 4th on Lunatic Asylum.

Race 2 saw Neville Wittey win again, very closely followed by Sean Kirkjian with Sean Wallis only 9 seconds further back.

The third race of the day was  abandoned after a wind shift and was then re-run, this time seeing Sean Wallis take honours over Neville Wittey and Ace, sailed by David West coming third.

Overall standings after Day 1 are:

1st – Sailpac – Neville Wittey

2nd – Lunatic Asylum – Sean Wallis

3rd – Death Star – Sean Kirkjian

Great performances today also from David West on Ace, Wavecutter II skippered by Graeme Thorburn and Robert Crawford on Innaminka who took the next three placings.

Full race results are available at: