Race Report 3 & Summary
Mick Coleman's Stealth 11.8m Java led for most the first race, until Alan Carwardine's sister ship Asia Catamarans Hurricane driving deeper and faster on the downwind legs, snatched the lead and tried to open up the separation needed for a handicap victory. When the calculations were made, Coleman's Java won the race by three seconds from Hurricane. Grenville Fordham's Image Asia Nina climbed up into third place. As five races were completed the drop race was introduced if a sixth race was run. This resulted in Java and Hurricane being tied on points for the lead when Hurricane drops their retirement yesterday and the last race being the decider.
Carwardine's Asia Catamarans Hurricane nailed the start line and was never headed. They extended on every leg, to win the race and the overall title on count back. Mick Coleman's Java never finished worst than second place in six races and although they put up a brave fight, had to settle on second place. Two third places for Grenville Fordham's Image Asia Nina elevated them into third overall and after holding third place for two days, dispatched Henry Kaye's Seacart 26 Sweet Chariot down to fifth overall. As the tie was broken amongst the back markers, Kirill Stashevskiy's Stealth 13 Gokova Phuket Galeforce slotted in fourth overall, after trailing in the mid fleet.
Only two Firefly 850 catamarans fronted up on the final day. George Eddings Blue Nose hit the start line with speed and made a change to lead around the entire course. John Newnham's Twin Sharks skippered by Brent Gribble, closed in on every leg and as they approached the finish line, were alongside Blue Nose, which made it to close to call on the water. An extra puff of wind and a better angle, pushed Newnham's Twin Sharks over the line to win by three seconds. This makes it five wins in a row for Twin Sharks and wrapped up the title with a clean sheet. This result leap frogs George Eddings Blue Nose into second overall and relegates Neil Ayre's Advanced Racing Team to third place, for not turning up on the final day.
Rushing the Corsair Pulse 600 trimaran's into action and strong winds on their debut, has revealed some teething problems and not having an official OMR rating, it was decided to use this regatta as a exhibition event. Bob Garner's SuDu Red finished all races and becomes the inaugural winner of the Cosair Class.
This left Russia's Tatiana Bogatyzova's Lagoon 380 Star Fruit the sole entrant in the Open Multihull Class and thoroughly enjoyed every moment despite rotating alone.
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