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AY Race Report 2

Normal service resumed, regatta back on track...
By AsianYachting MultiMedia
July 16th: After yesterdays weather fiasco, today started with 8-10 knots of Southerly breeze, which allowed PRO Simon James to run three races and get the regatta back on track. Even the rain stayed away and the heavy overcast sky made for pleasant sailing conditions. The starts were hotly contested with several yachts recalled for being over the line but quickly exonerated themselves and got back into the action.

The steady conditions allowed Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder to take line honours in all three races but could only convert the final race into a handicap win. Hot on their heels David Liddell's Corsair C37RS Miss Saigon won two races and scored second place in race 3. This result added onto yesterdays victory firmly places them on the top of the Performance Multihull pointscore. A second and two third places today for the World Sailing Speed Record contender Paul Larson skippering the Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci has them holding onto second overall. Third , second and first places for Alan Carwardine’s Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder has them climbing the ladder but yesterdays disastrous fifth place is holding them back in third overall and may possibly have lost them the regatta. A protest was lodged by Neil Ayre's Shanghai Baby against Paul Larsen's Da Vinci for a startline incident which eventually was dismissed and did not effect the overall standings.

The hotly contested Firefly 850 One Design class is turning into a real cliffhanger. After being caught out on a limb during yesterdays race, Ian Coulson skippering Voodoo rebounded with two wins and third place today to come back into overall contention. Despite leading around the top mark on most occasions, Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi slipped back into second and fourth places but hung on to triumph in the third race today to be level pegging with Voodoo on points. Yesterdays winner Andy Pape skippering The Frog started a bit slow today with fifth place but got back on the pace to score two second places and join Moto Inzi and Vodoo for a three way tie on 10 points going into the final day tomorrow.

Racing continues on the last day tomorrow and as there is no drop race or all races to count, the series is still wide open for the taking amongst the top contenders.

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