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While Ray Roberts TP52 Team Hollywood roars off into the distance to claim the overall honours, four evenly matched 40 footers are slogging it out for the minor placing's. With a 3, 2 score line today, Craig Nicholls Sydney 40 AquarII takes over 2nd overall, while sister ship Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine are tied on 12 points in 3rd overall. Although a bit slow to start with David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco dropped into 2nd place on the first race today and closed the gap, but is now tied with Gordon Ketelbeys Farr 40 Ramrod on 16 points fighting over 4th overall.
Defending IRC 2 champion Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix added two more wins to their tally, to make it four in a row and well on the way to secure the title. With Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor withdrawing from racing today, David Turkington's Platu 25 The Fox and Lyn Evans all girl crew on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies traded 2nd and 4th places, to be tied on 13 points and fighting over 2nd overall. Two 3rd places for Susan Parker's Krabi Boat Lagoon Pinocchio is an improvement on yesterdays two 5th places but leaves them in 4th overall.
Only one race for the Cruising Class that produced the same results. Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprit's led the fleet around the course and hung on by the fingertips for the daily double. Defending champion Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly missed out by 26 seconds on snatching victory and had to settle on 2nd place. This time Tony Pfeiffer's Hansee 400E Venture got the better of Rick Blomfield's Bavaria 39 Linda to be tied on seven points and share 3rd overall.
By keeping it flat and fast, plus covered in a cloud of spray, Scott Galle's Diam 26 Blade Runner IX managed to out run Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 trimaran Fugazi in the handicap stakes, on both races today. Fidock’s Fugazi still holds the overall lead by two points from Blade Runner IX but this could be a wake up call. Two 3rd places for Peter Wilcox Stealth Cosmo keeps them in 3rd overall but work to do if they are going to make an impression on the leading duo.
Apart from the first race dip, John Newnham's Twin Sharks has won every race and continues to dominate the Firefly 850 One Design class. Hans Rahmann's Voodoo returned to form with two 2nd places and takes back 2nd overall. Third and 4th places for Ray Waldron's Surf Patrol advances them to 3rd overall and one point clear of George Eddings Blue Noze that started the regatta with a flourish but has backed off in the following races.
To make up for canceling the second race yesterday, PRO Simon James rushed through three races for the Pulse 600 one-design class. Disappointed by being beaten by 13 seconds yesterday, Mick Tilden floored the accelerator on Pixalux Blue to lead around the course and claim all three races today, to shoot to the top of the pointscore. Simon Oliver's Sudu Red chased hard all day and only seconds separated them on some races but has to settle on 2nd overall. Three 3rd places for Zam Bevan's Multihull Solutions H30 elevates them to 3rd overall and time to find top gear and do some overtaking.
Racing continues tomorrow and as the weather forecast remains the same, we can expect some water over the deck.
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