BACK TO BACK
Fire Stopping handed out back-to-back tactical lessons in storming to a comfortable lead after two heats of the NSW 16ft Championships on Middle Harbour.
On Saturday skipper Joe Turner and crew Rob Napper and James Bury negotiated a tricky nor’ easter to pilot their boat to a 17-second win from defending champions Brydens (Lee Knapton).
The next day the fleet was hit by a strong sou’ wester but Fire Stopping was able to adjust and adapt, keeping cool heads when others were losing theirs to claim their second win of the weekend.
The double triumphs have Fire Stopping a clear leader at the top of the overall pointscore tally heading into the final two heats at Belmont later this month.
While Turner put Saturday’s win down to a smart and slick tactical race, Sunday’s victory was all about staying upright and using your nous at the end.
“Sunday was all about survival and getting around the track,” he said.
“I went the fastest I’ve ever been in a 16ft skiff. There were 30-40 knot gusts…it was full on.
“We probably didn’t deserve to win but we got there.”