Cockerill's win was a bonus after he was forced to do a 720 degree penalty, through he says, no fault of his own. "Some people don't follow the rule of keeping clear, and that's what happened to me. I am not happy about it," he said. "It dropped me to third or fourth, but by the leeward mark I was back to second, then dropped to third, but I caught the leader up (Orams) and passed him on the last beat."
"I got third," said Chris Raab (USA). "I'm only one point out from the lead, I've had all the good breaks, my luck has to run out soon," he laughed. "It was a very light wind Australian Day. I was looking good in second, but then Mark (Orams) 'The Terminator' got me!"
Orams commented: "It was very close. I actually couldn't tell who was first out of us. It was the sort of race that does your head in. It was really hard and shifty with changes of pressure. In the Radial, you are underpowered suddenly and there's nothing you can do about it. I'm just grateful to finish in the top 10, because it could easily have been 40th - it was that sort of day.
"In the Radial it's hard to keep momentum. With the swell it's hard to read the breeze and where the next shift is coming from. All the top guys sailed exceptionally well. It was intelligent sailing today. We may all be Masters, but there are some really good sailors here," said 2005 World's winner Orams."
Richard Ineson sailed well for his 6th place in the Grand Master Radial fleet and he and Rex Maddren move up to 8th and 10th respectively overall. Jim Quinn, who has a had a dramatic increase in boat speed since purchasing his Rooster Pro-Hiking Pants a couple of weeks ago, has achieved the impossible and beaten Laser Legend Peter Seidenberg in the provisional results posted on the notice board, although we suspect this may change, so in the mean time Jim is basking in the glory and that result sheet may find its way into a suitcase headed to NZ at the end of the week! Tom Speed continues to sail well and maintains 3rd place 3 points ahead of Jim and 14 behind leader Seidenberg.
The Standard Fleets came out onto the water early today and in the very light conditions sailors who you would think would struggle did very well. In the Apprentice Masters Rohan Lord continues to show his class and was second behind the Regatta leader Jyrki Taiminen from Finland. Rohan has 7 points overall with Jyrki on 6. AUS Laser legend Brett Beyer who was leading the Regatta had an OCS today which he still counts after only 3 races completed, but if the wind does return and more races can be sailed he will be back in the hunt. Kiwis Luuk Van Basten Batenburg, Andrew Dellabarca, Dean Salthouse & Tony Nicholson followed Rohan out to the right after the start and it paid well for them, allowing them to get their best results of the Regatta in conditions which did not suit them.
Murray Thom's 6th today in the Masters keeps him in with a chance 8 points behind the leader Bradley Taylor from AUS. Heavy wind specialist Nick Page continues to defy gravity and preformed well again by sailing up the middle in clear air while the rest of his fleet hits the corners. Pete Thomas is the next Kiwi lying 11th overall. Peter Van Ryn dropped away today with a 30th. Peter Griffiths is the best placed Kiwi in the Grand Masters with the rest of the Kiwi's in his fleet wondering where the world famous Terrigal breeze has gone.
Dancers entertaining the 367 sailors and friends at the Regatta BBQ tonight