sky at night, sailors delight...
very lengthy and obscure start line angle, favoured the pin end, by a
country mile. Anyone starting from the boat end were immediately 300 yards
Peter Ahern's syndicated TP52
to bungle both starts by being to early and left them finishing in the
mid order. Concern
about being promoted to the Racing Class, Scott Bradley's Sydney 40
Emagine were soon
alleviated, when they corrected out 56 seconds in front of Tom Whitcraft's,
all conquering TP52 and still nameless THA 72. In the fresher
breeze, the racing stallions hit their straps, with Whitcraft's THA
72 taking the daily double from Steven
improved Ker 42 Black Baza.
Completing a solid day, Bradley's
slotted into third place and on the money in the Racing Class.
the IRC 2 class, experience showed as Niels
Degenkolw's, multiple RLIR winning X 3/4 ton Phoenix, jumped
away into the lead, at the pin end on the first race and excelled on the
second race, to end up on top of the leaderboard. In
both races, Jeremy Camps Impala
28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel
managed to stem the advances from Liz Scoch's all girl crew, on their
Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies, to
finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.
A late withdrawal has left the Multihull Class with, three completely different boat designs. Gerhard Pils nippy little Pulse 600 Fetz Ma, did the giant slaying act, in the light wind Race 1 but Robert van Paridon's huge 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too responded in the stronger breeze, to reverse the roles in Race 2. By comparison, Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo is built for comfort and lacks the speed of the outright racers, had to settle on two third places.
Despite starting together, the race committee have decided to split the Club Cruiser, Ocean Rover and White Sails into their own classes. They all completed one shortened race and wisely called it a day, as the breeze faded away down the harbour.
Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly continued on their winning ways, in the three boat Club Class, over Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore and newcomers Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka settled on 3rd place.
First timer Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 got the better of veteran Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy in the Ocean Rover Class.
Eager to have another good outing, UK's John Ormston's 13m Invictas claimed the daily double in the White Sails class, over A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique with most the Eveline crew in attendance.
Despite the weather forecasts, for the next few days looking very bleak, the show must go on and we're prepared to take what ever wind, that is being dealt out, at the time.
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