Ashby closes in on Brewin's lead at the AUS Nats.

The wind today was perfect for sailing. Despite some cloud cover, the warm land was able to suck in a moderate sea breeze from the South Pacific Ocean.  Bob Griffits reports.

Three races were sailed in quick succession in breeze which settled in at about 8 knots, and slowly built to 12 knots by the end of the third race.

A DNA F1, sailed by Brad Collett, notched up the first win for the design in Australian water the during the first race of the day.

Steve Brewin is slowly consolidating his position at the top of the score board with wins in both of the following races.

Glenn Ashby sailed a very consistent day with a score card of 2-2-2.

Stephen Brayshaw also enjoyed the conditions with a 3-3-3.

At the half way mark in this series, Stevie Brewin holds a small lead over Glenn Ashby, and these two appear to be the competitors whom will fight it out for the championship.

Third place is wide open. Dave Shaw, whom held the overnight third place ranking had a slightly less successful day today with 9-9-8.

Racing was complete with the competitors back to shore by 1400 hours, allowing plenty of time for New Year’ Eve Festivities. Celebrations will be tempered by the knowledge that hangovers will not be a good preparation for the three races planned for New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year to all A Cat sailor around the world, from the Australian Contingent.

And remember to plan for the 2018 Australian Championships and World Championships that will be held at Hervey Bay, Queensland, in November.