day for a race to Fishhead Island...
The hardened racers stayed true to form, as Jonathan Mahony HYD 42 Zanzibar hit the line with speed at the Monohull start and Alice Lim teaming up with Scott McCook again, on the Corsair 750 Abracadeborah Too slam dunked the Multihull start. Despite leading the fleet by a country mile, Mahony's Zanzibar eventually succumbed to Lim's Abracadeborah Too on the long reaching leg to the finish line, but they claimed line honours in their respective classes.
Different story in the handicap stakes and despite starting a few minutes late, Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor made up time, to eclipse Mahony's Zanzibar by over 6 minutes and post their first win, in the IRC Racing Class.
As expected the three Beneteau 50's had a close tussle, with Genevieve & Jeremy Chase's Oceanis 50 Sea Monster and Troy Williams 1998 model Shelby, neck and neck all day, with Sea Monster overhauling Shelby in the last mile and separated by only 31 seconds over the line and share the Premier Cruising honours. The wide beam on, Robert Lamoureux Sense 50 Grand Lux, would prefer more wind from the right angle and had to settle on third place.
Nearly two hours separated the six different design yachts in the Cruising Class, but when the handicaps were calculated Alfie Rowson and Liz Schoch's Fraser 41 Astraeus, came from 20 minutes back, to rise up the ranks and eclipse first to finish, John Inglis Boers Ron Holland 44 Sangaree by 25 seconds. Kevin Harris Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47 Temptress of Down stayed steady in 3rd place and the rest of the fleet corrected out to within 50 minutes.
After the flying start, Alice Lim's Corsair 750 Abracadeborah Too, stretched away in clear air and never headed, to claim the daily double by 3 minutes. Graham Horn Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too, could have lost 3 minutes at the start and vows to be on time in future. As the breeze changed direction between the islands, several sail changes were required, between spinnaker, Code 0 and reefed mainsail. If not performed with perfection, resulted in loosing valuable time and finishing down the order. Which was the case for Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Corsair 750 Kaze, Gary Curtis Corsair 28 Miss Visayan and Sasha Hill's Corsair 750 Cicak in 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
Being the only entrant in the Classic Class, David MxKeown's magnificent Stow 78 Rona built in 1895, sailed all the way and finished with distinction.
Racing continues tomorrow, on the 52nm Leg 2 to Neptune Island (Pulau Sikeling) and as we will definitely be out of telephone and internet range, the next exciting installment will be next weekend.
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