the front of the fleet, the two TP52's are staging their own duel. Although
match them downwind, Don Whitcraft's THA 72 higher pointing angle
and pace upwind, has earned them two more bullets and firmly plants them
at the top of the Racing Class. Second places for Scott
Bradley's Sydney 40
Emagine and Steven Manning/Anthony
Ker 42 Black Baza
keeps them in 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. Finishing mid fleet or
the handicap stakes, Ahern's
to settle on 4th overall and much work to do, to improve their standing.
Degenkolw's ageing X 3/4 ton Phoenix, just
keeps on giving. As well as winning multiple RLIR regattas over the years,
this team has won many regattas in Asian waters and it's not about to
again, the familiar picket fence, scoreline is emerging
in the IRC 2
class. Despite trailing Phoenix
by 13 minutes, Jeremy Camps Impala
28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel
jumps up into second place and relegates Liz Scoch's all girl crew, on
Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies, down to
Having enough wind to complete a full race, allowed Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too, to stretch their legs and romp around the course. This earned them the daily double and secured the overall Multihull Class lead. Pound for pound, Gerhard Pils nippy Pulse 600 Fetz Ma couldn't match the pace, over the distance and reduced to second place. Outclassed by these thoroughbreds, Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo settled on third place.
There have also been movements in the Club Cruiser, Ocean Rover and White Sails classes.
After several close calls during the Raja Muda Regatta last year and Race 1 yesterday, Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore has finally beaten, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly over the line and on handicap. It was nip and tuck, on the long downwind leg but superior upwind performance to the finish, gave them a four minute cushion. After applying the IRC ratings, it came out, one minute and 17 seconds in their favour and tied on points, at the top of the Club Class. Line honours goes to Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka but was reduced to 3rd place in the handicap stakes.
Once again Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 got the better of Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy and leads the Ocean Rover Class.
Late arriving from Thailand, Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda joined the White Sails class today and instantly got into a close battle and claimed line honours. Less than four minutes behind, John Ormston's 13m Invictas Reward came through to snatch the handicap honours by a little over a minute and stays on top of the class. A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique with most the Eveline crew in attendance, were three minutes adrift in 3rd place.
Racing continues tomorrow and for as long as we can defy the miserly weather forecasters.
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