With a total distance of 42km and reaching legs of 7km in a figure eight slalom set up, it was indeed a "leg burner" distance for the group of 43 sailors.
The forecast was a solid 15-20 kts and the big Peel inlet, near Mandurah Westers Australia and delivered quite smooth water and steady wind.
With a standing start in the water from the sand bank, spectators saw the 43 fleet of sailors going for the distance, where the big outside mark could only be spotted from halfway there.
"Gear choice is critical for this type of event, as you would spend just around an hour's time on the water. I knew my new set up of F2 SX 82 / 135L with my Vector G10 Volt 42 had amazing speed and KArace 7.9 would deliver all the horsepower / speed and comfort for the distance. All in all it was a fast and comfortable set up and I could lead the race from the start to finish, but with Lockwood, Peter Dan, Langer and Isaac pushing hard to the first mark.
"Great to see this event finally happening, after the local organisations and WWA had worked hard to get it going for some time. I'm very happy to win it and it also gives me good confidence in my gear setup for the upcoming season."
1st Jesper Orth - KA/F2
2nd Isaac De Virus - Severne/Starboard
3rd Chris Lockwood - NP/Mistral
4th Matt Langer - Maui/Carbon Art
5th Rowen Law - Severne/PD
Jesper takes 1st place - photo by Steve Schneider