So long, farewell
Neptune for another year...
As the breeze was expected to fade away, the big boats planned to go hard for the gate and see what happens after that. The gate is an imaginary line at N 0° 30' 00", and yachts can choose any passage between the islands to cross the line. Genevieve & Jeremy Chase's Oceanis 50 Sea Monster went on a flyer and passed to the East of the Pengalap Strait in shallower water and less current, to claim line honours. Jonathan Mahony HYD 42 Zanzibar stayed in the familiar Pengalap Strait and struggled with the current, at times slowed to a standstill and finished a little over 4 minutes behind in a different channel.
Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor trailed Zanzibar by 54 minutes and ended up in second place and set for 2nd place overall, with one race to go.
After Genevieve & Jeremy Chase's Oceanis 50 Sea Monster cunning plan to secure the overall Premier Cruising Class lead, Troy Williams early model (1998) Beneteau 50 Shelby finished one hour 21 minutes latter for second place and Robert Lamoureux Sense 54 Grand Lux, 12 minutes further behind in 3rd place.
John Inglis Boers Ron Holland 44 Sangaree continues to dominate the Cruising Class by posting another win, and lead in the overall stakes. made the most of it, to correct out with the fastest time and claim their third win, to confirm the lead in the overall Cruising Class stakes. Second place for Nicky Marsh's Beneteau Oceanis 34 Marsh Mellow, is steadily climbing the rankings and now looking for a podium finish. Kevin Harris Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47 Temptress of Down slotted into 3rd place, as the remaining three yachts have registered motoring time and finish down the order.
The four leading Multihull's finished within nine minutes of each other. Alice Lim's Corsair 750 Abracadeborah Too, returned to form and managed to stay one minute and 12 seconds in front of Graham Horn's Corsair Dash Mk II Jaza Too in 2nd place. Seven minutes further astern Xavier Glenard / Damien Geoffray's Corsair 750 Kaze, settled on 3rd place with Gary Curtis Corsair 28 Miss Visayan 26 seconds further adrift in 4th. With one race to go the fight is over the podium places behind Abracadeborah Too.
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