breakthrough victory

Some sailors wait years for a breakthrough victory, while for others it never comes.

But Drift Mob 2 skipper Michael Koerner is a winner after just half a season in the 16ft skiff class.

Koerner steered his boat to a comfortable win in Manly's first pointscore race of the new year last weekend, showcasing the young talent on board his boat.

Koerner and his crew Josh Ponton and Felix Daverio approached the 2016/17 season as a year of learning after graduating from the 13ft division.

But things have gone better than they planned.

"The first few weeks were a bit of a struggle for me trying to get used to sailing the 16 and working as a team," Koerner said.

"But overall our season has been great and we're super happy with how we have all been sailing and how fast the boat has been.

"Our sailing has improved dramatically and we can’t wait for next season where we are hoping to become a lot more competitive and start to challenge the top end guys of the fleet a bit more."

Drift Mob 2 finished 19th overall on scratch and second on handicap in their inaugural national championship campaign earlier this month.

The confidence gained from that regatta was evident as Koerner and his crew worked their way through the Manly fleet last Saturday.

Operating on a handicap start, Drift Mob 2 started in fifth spot and immediately went to work.

After the first work, Koerner had guided his boat into second but still had a fair gap to close to rope in leader C-Side Surveyors.

It took until the last top mark before the lead changed hands.

Drift Mob 2's greater boat speed enabled them to hit the lead and there was no stopping them from there despite the wind dropping off.

C-Side Surveyors (Jessica Isles) was 2nd, Namoto (Tash Ivashenko) 3rd, Chapman High Performance Sailing (Felix Grech) was forth with Holmes Marine (Sam Holmes) fifth.

"It's great to win for the first time and I'm extremely happy with the way Josh and Felix have sailed this season," Koerner said.

"We've got the best out of each other and the boat and I can’t wait to sail with them again next season."

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