Success on the coastal courses...
the first race today, Peter
to fast mode and clung onto Don Whitcraft's THA 72 transom, to
finish only 28 seconds behind and slot into 2nd place. Coming into the
regatta, the Whitcraft families THA 72
team, were worried about their light weather performance. After
claiming two more first and fastest today, they have put to rest these
concerns and lead the Racing Class by a healthy 7 point margin, over second
place. In the second race, Scott
Bradley's Sydney 40
Emagine also regained form, to take 2nd place and maintain
second overall. A
consistent day on Steven
Ker 42 Black Baza,
3rd places puts them, one point out of second overall and ready to pounce
from third. THA
72 may have wrapped up the title, but the podium
places are still
to play for, on the final day tomorrow.
no stopping Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Phoenix. Doesn't
matter where they are on the start line. Niels
just puts Phoenix
into gear and sails away from the others. Degenkolw
admitted after the race 'That these conditions are just perfect and what
the IOR X3/4 ton
yacht was designed for' and six wins in a
row, proves he's right. So far this regatta, Jeremy
28 Old Pulteney Blue Angel
to overtake the all
girl crew, on Liz Scoch's Farr 1104 Sailescapes Farrgo Ladies,
in the handicap stakes. But not today! Finally on the second race, the
girls persistence paid off, to slot into 2nd place by a mere 45 seconds.
Two more wins for Robert van Paridon's 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too, as they continue to stretch their legs, at the front of the three boat Multihull Class. Not suited to a short choppy seaway, Gerhard Pils Pulse 600 Fetz Ma had to settle on second place. Aussie Rick Fielding's 11.58 catamaran Mojo continues to circulate but 3rd place in the handicap stakes is the best they can do.
Ever since Malaysia's 1999 Raja Muda winning helmsman, Dr Izham Rahim arrived to spin the wheel, on Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore, they have won three races and lead the Club Class, into tomorrows final showdown. Arch rival, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly got caught in some traffic and lost time in the strong current, to finish with two 3rd places. Korolev Nikolai's Hanse 44 Milashka converted line honours into two 2nd places but remains third in the overall stakes.
In the only race today, Fabian Fernandez's Eygthene 24 O/B Freedom 12 continues to get the better of Henning Lenz 10.36m My Toy and leads the Ocean Rover Class.
John Ormston's 13m Invictas Reward won the heavyweight battle, with three wins in three days and take home the White Sails title, with a day to spare. Second place for Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda, bumps them up into second overall, from A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique that could only manage third today.
Final day of racing tomorrow and 'God Willing' enough wind to bring this years, 15th edition to an even happier conclusion.
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