Race Report 2
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July 23rd: Although the day dawned very overcast, the breeze kicked in just before start time and increased throughout the day to allow PRO Simon James to run two scheduled windward / leeward races and a island passage race to make up for yesterdays lack of wind. The crews were raring to go and the ones that missed out on yesterdays lottery, were ready to prove their worth by placing the boat higher up the order, where they expected to be. Some were a little to keen at the start and individually recalled for being over the line. The strong out going tide caught a few skippers by surprise as it tended to sweep them across the line on their approach. The last start of the day saw all the big boats in the racing class recalled which left the two Phuket 8's clear to get a jump on them.
Scott Duncanson's Phuket 8 Quantum Fusion M was fast out of the blocks to win Race 2 and added on to yesterdays victory, were looking good on the IRC Racing class points table. Ben Copley's Swan CS 42 Katsu were determined to convert the line honours wins into handicap victory. The crew buckled down and that's just what they did by taking the daily double in Race 3 and 4 have now moved up to the top of table for the time being. Not to be outdone, Antony Hastings' much bigger Malaysian based Beneteau First 53 F5 Baby Tonga with Rolf Heemskerk on the helm today, is applying lots of pressure and by scoring 3, 4, and 2nd places is sitting in 3rd overall and keeping everyone honest.
Back in 1976 the Farr 1104 Piccolo created history when she went on to win the Sydney Hobart Race on her debut year. Now in the hands of Bryan Gauson, Piccolo has under gone a major refit in Port Dickson, Malaysia and by winning three races today, has shown that she still retains some of her former glory and goes directly to the top of the IRC 2 leader board. Defending champion Jaray Tipsuk on Royal Thai Navy 5 has been keeping up with the leaders and with a 3, 2, 6 score line holds onto second overall and tied on points with Mike Downard's fellow Platu 25 Tuay Lek in third overall. Stuart Williamson's Beneteau 34.7 Skandia Endeavour of Whitby showed a sign of brilliance with 2nd place in Race 2 but has not managed any consistency to fall down the order. After yesterdays win, Peter Dyer's IOR 1/4 tonner Sea Bees, jumped the gun at the start line and the consequent recall may have unsettled the crew to end up down in fourth overall.
Keith Garry's Malaysian based X-412 BeauX Esprits came to the fore and put one over the Russians on Alex Takhovski's Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50DS Lero and take the overall lead. John Caffin's brand new Jeanneau J53 Don't Think Twice skippered by James Hardie slipped into third place and is tied on points with Horst Lakits' Swan 55 Big A.
By adding 3 wins to the tally and keeping a clean sheet, Henry Kaye's Seacart 30 Thor is dominating the Multihull Class, which is made up of various catamaran and trimaran designs. Andy Pape skippering the new Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci continues to play bridesmaid, with two second and one third place. David Liddell's Corsair 37 Miss Saigon holds onto third overall and has shared the placing's with Neil Ayre's Corsair 28 Shanghai Baby and Alan Carwadine's Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder. At the start of Race 2 a loud bang was heard and upon investigation Alan Carwadine's brand new Sidewinder hit the moored start boat, which left both crews not to impressed with the resultant damage.
By taking three bullets in the Firefly 850 Sport one-design class, Hans Rahmann's Voodoo has a stranglehold on first overall. Fast off the start line and up the windward beat, then first away with the spinnaker seems to be the secret to success, on the only Quantum Sails outfitted boat. Always lurking in the wings Roger Kingdon's Moto Inzi scored three 2nd places to step up and take over second overall. After winning yesterdays opening round, Andrew Marshall's Pink Lady skippered by Mark Pescott faltered a little with 4, 5, and 3rd places to just hang onto third overall. Ann Otherone in charge of SEA Property claimed two 3rd places and a fourth to close in rapidly on the podium positions. Even Damien Kimball's Blue NoZe (See photo) has a new helmsman, that managed to win the start and keep up with the rest of the fleet.
There are only two boats in the Classic class and on this occasion Tom Howard's 100 year old North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph got the better of Gunther Nutt's Friendship Sloop Kerida, which won the opening race yesterday.
Racing continues tomorrow and as the weather forecast is for even stronger winds over the weekend, we are in for some more exciting action.
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