TIGHT: Newcastle boat Long Time Dead rounds a buoy in the Australian IRC Championships yesterday. Picture: Andrea FrancoliniPHIL Arnall’s Anger Management made the most of local knowledge and a suitable course to take line honours in a nail-biting finish to race four of Division B at the Australian IRC Championships on Friday.

Anger Management, from competition host Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, finished the more than 55-nautical mile race only 19 seconds ahead of series leader Nine Dragons (skipper Bob Cox) in four hours and 56 seconds. Elena Nova (Andrew Pearson) was 17 seconds away.

The result left Anger Management third on corrected time and fourth overall heading into day three of the four-day championships.

Crew member Richard Arnall said the Anger Management team were ‘‘very happy’’ with the result.

‘‘It was a tight finish and we had to work for it, but we got there, so it was good,’’ Arnall said. ‘‘The local knowledge helped. Stockton beach is always the place to be when you’re sailing up in that area.

‘‘The local guys knew that, but some of the Sydney boats went wide and that cost them in the end.’’

Today the fleets take on a short, windward-lured course from 11.30am then a medium-length course.

Arnall said Anger Management could struggle to repeat the feat today, despite the high of yesterday.

‘‘Today being a longer, passage-race course, it suited us because it’s what our boat is built for,’’ he said yesterday. ‘‘We’ll try to keep our position, but it will be hard.

‘‘The boat is not suited to windward-lured races and they’re hard work for the crews. But we’ll be in there and we’ll give it a good shake.’’

Light conditions made it a long race for crews yesterday.

In Division C, the Rob Howard-skippered Schouten Passage, from the host club, had a strong day, finishing second on corrected time behind new series leaders Justadash (Philip Dash).

Wild Rose (Roger Hickman) was a casualty, dropping from the overall lead to fourth after finishing 11th in the 14-boat fleet.

Lake Macquarie entry Spirit (Ian Bower) was third on the day and overall.

In Division A, Ichi Ban (Matt Allen) won line honours, but Beau Geste (Karl Kwok) took the race on handicap to retain top spot in the series.

The Newcastle-Lake Macquarie boat Frantic was last on corrected time.

Anger Management finds happy space in nail-biting finish