Osborne wins keelboat nationals

BEN GLADWELL - BOATING NZ
Last updated 18:07 30/04/2012
Sam Osborne
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Sam Osborne and her crew on their way to victory at the Baltic Lifejackets 2012 New Zealand Womens Keelboat Nationals.

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Samantha Osborne and her crew mastered the fluky conditions to take out the New Zealand Women's Keelboat Championship on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour last weekend.

The conditions across the two days of racing could not have been more different. Crews battled with winds gusting to 30 knots on Saturday, only to have to contend with course changes, and races being shortened and postponed on Sunday due to the oscillating and fading breeze, which often dropped out completely.

Osborne looked strong at the end of the first day of racing, braving the conditions and finishing no lower than third in any of the five races. Managing to hold out a solid performance from Joy Adams, whose hard work in the MRX throughout the RNZYS Tuesday Night Series paid dividends and saw her finish second by a single point.

"I'm sailing with some of my favourite people in the world. We had an awesome regatta, lots of fun and managed to keep our cool. We had some really bad situations and it was fantastic how we pulled it together and recovered so well. We really enjoy sailing in the Farr MRX fleet and it is so good to see lots of the girls coming out of the woodwork for the regatta."

Consistency was the key for Samantha and her crew, as they managed to keep themselves toward the front of the fleet in the fickle conditions of day two to hold their place at the top of the leaderboard.

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