in the fast lane or go home empty handed...
Pitting Ray Roberts planing TP52 Team Hollywood up against displacement racers in these conditions, has resulted in them almost lapping Alexey Mashkin's troublesome Cookson 12 Megazip, in F1 style over three laps. The real battle is going on, one leg back between four evenly matched 40 footers. Craig Nicholls Sydney 40 AquarII is racing in close company with David Dimmock's Swan 42 Loco, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40 East Marine Emagine and Gordon Ketelbeys Farr 40 Ramrod but when the IRC ratings are applied, AquarII continues to scrape in by a few seconds into second place and holds onto 2nd overall. Two 3rd places for Dimmock's Loco lifts them into 3rd overall but is tied on 17 points with Bradley's East Marine Emagine, with only one day to go, to make a move up the table.
Defending IRC 2 champion Niels Degenkolw's X3/4 Ton MK2 Phoenix continues on a roll and has amassed six wins to defend the the IRC 2 title for the third time, with a day to spare. Despite two retirements yesterday Max Palleschi's IOR Farr 40 Prime Factor came home today with two 2nd places and as the drop race comes into play, climbs up into 2nd overall. With a 3, 4 score line Lyn Evans all girl crew on Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies fell back to 3rd overall but as David Turkington's Platu 25 The Fox could only manage two 5th places today, they are relegated to 4th behind the ladies. The minor podium places are all to play for tomorrow.
After claiming the daily double on the first Cruising Class race today, Keith Garry's X-412 BeauX Esprit's slipped off the pace a little and let the defending champion Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly come through to beat them by 9 seconds. This is payback for missing out on race wins by mere seconds but does not dislodge BeauX Esprit's from the overall leader board. With a 2, 3 score line Tony Pfeiffer's Hansee 400E Venture solidifies 3rd overall and provides some separation from Rick Blomfield's Bavaria 39 Linda holding down 4th place
Scott Galle's Diam 26 Blade Runner IX and Dan Fidock’s Moore 36 Fugazi traded first and second places today, but as the drop race is introduced, they end up tied on 7 points, with Blade Runner IX taking advantage by winning the last race and the overall Multihull class lead for the first time. These highly tuned racing multihull's have outclassed the Stealth's of Peter Wilcox Cosmo in 3rd and Glywn Rowlands Twister 2 in these fresh conditions.
Three more wins today for John Newnham's Twin Sharks makes it six in a row and defends the Firefly 850 One Design title for the 6th time. Despite a little twitch at the start line Hans Rahmann's Voodoo has stayed on the pace with mostly 2nd places to hold onto 2nd overall. Mainsail halyard breakage for Ray Waldron's Surf Patrol slips them down the order and opened the door for George Eddings Blue Noze to take over 3rd overall.
Although Mick Tilden's Pixalux Blue won the first race, Simon Oliver's Sudu Red returned to form with two wins and tied the overall Pulse 600 one-design points at 13. But when the drop race is included Tilden Pixalux Blue comes out in front with 4th place deducted. Zam Bevan's Multihull Solutions H30 filled the breach with 3, 2, 2 score line and secures third overall, but it's all to play for in the final day tomorrow.
Final day of racing tomorrow and although some classes have outright winners, others haven't and the minor places will be settled in a last day shootout.
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