The concluding day of the Australian Nationals sees the fleets split, with Team GBR taking five boats into the Gold fleet with four to contest the Silver.
Coach Marsden takes the fleet out early to get tuned up in a medium breeze and slight chop. By race time the “Doctor” is up and developing, giving the teams their first real taste of the famed 18-20 knot, blue sky, blue water conditions. – perfect.
Despite an early left hand shift, normal service soon resumes as the wind flicks back right, a developing pattern which presents a relatively straight forward race track. Good starts at the favoured end, clear air and boat speed through the short chop is what’s required. – simple.
With such a strong international fleet bolstered by a number of returning 470 sailors, the standard is high offering team GBR a great challenge.
As the sea state builds, a classic day of racing in champagne conditions is enjoyed by all as the final three races are completed, the perfect preparation for crews and their boats.
A well deserved rest day to follow offering the opportunity for most to enjoy the delights of Rottnest Island, scuba dive or sand surf, ahead of a team BBQ at the Sailing club on Christmas Day .
The Worlds await and team GBR is in shape.
Happy Christmas to all from Fremantle.
( for results see fremantle sailing club website – https://www.fsc.com.au/event/201718australian420championships/)
Event report & photos Jonathan Penn