And so, the 2019 Worlds begin... After a big opening fireworks display put on by the people of New South Wales, and a parade along the Rose Bay sea wall, we are now done to the business end.
The Pre-Worlds ended up being a tight contest between two Australian teams: McMissile from NSW, crewed by Campbell and Stirling McKay; and Bob from SA, crewed by Damian Carey and Austin Freer. McMissile took the crown in the end, with 5 wins from 9 races, while Bob showed amazing consistency to finish equal on points with finishes ranging from 2nd to 5th.
But, as Damian said, racing was close within the top 15 boats. Besides McMissile and Bob, there were three other race winners: B2 (Jon and Phoebe Branch); Waterborne At Last (Douglas Raftesath and Spencer McKay); and Foxy Lady III (Jessie Andrewartha and Grant Atherton).
Into the mix now come the two teams who fought it out for the title last time: Wave Catcher (reigning World Champion Cullen Hughes and James Hughes) and Blue (David Wade and Imogen Wade), both of whom sat out the Pre-Worlds. All eyes were therefore on the Practice Race yesterday, as team McMissile took a break, and Wave Catcher and Blue joined the action. Conditions were looking light and the boats were held ashore. For a while it looked like racing might be called off altogether. But the breeze filled in and, it was Bulletproof (Tyson and Simon Barwood) who took the win; followed by Wave Catcher; Bob; Ripples (Chris Fuller and Daisy Fuller); Rumble Fish (Alle Roodbergen and Anna Roodbergen); and Blue.
Today sees the start of the racing for the world title, with up to races possible. The BoM forecast is for 10-15 knots.