Export Roo on a roll on The Solent

  • August 31, 2017

Export Roo leading the SB20 fleet on The Solent overnight,

With two wins and a second, Tasmania’s Export Roo has moved further ahead on the overall rankings after day three of the SB20 world championship on The Solent in England.

Michael Cooper, a member of the RYCT and the DSS, has steered his boat to a net 5 points after Royal Yacht Squadron race officers finally managed to run three races in improved breezes

Export Roo’s scorecard in the Yellow qualifying fleet reads 1-3-1-2-1, 5 points after discarding the third place.

Five Australian (four Tasmanian) crews have qualified for the Gold fleet to decide the championships over the final two days: Export Roo, Black, Brazen, Porco Rosso and Difficult Woman.

At last, the SB20 worlds fleet enjoyed some good sailing.

Second overall on 10 points  are the British yacht Xcellent (John Pollard) and the French entrant Give Me Five (Robin Follin).

Xcellent’s scorecard to date is 1-6-9-2-1 while Give Me Five has finished 2-5-2-1-6

Nick Rogers (Black) notched up another second place in his qualifying division after a 10th in  in race three and a DNS in race four.  Black is 10th overall, still within sight of a higher final placing.

Niick Rogers in Black finished second in race five.

Brazen (Jervis Tilly) from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is 15th (today’s placings 9-8-27), Difficult Woman (Rob Gough)  is 19th (13-18-12), Hypertronics (Stephen Catchpool) is 52nd (22-22-25) and Smigger 56th (19-31-35).

Words:  Peter Campbell

Photos: Jennifer Burgis

31 August 2017