everyone's relief, NE trade wind arrives
Despite the canting keel on Philip Turner’s Reichel-Pugh 66 Alive being pinned in the center and an overnight reduction in the IRC rating by 30 pips, the yacht is 2 knots slower upwind and cannot match the pace of Kevin Whitcraft's TP52 THA 72 around the course and despite going through the motions, has to play second fiddle to THA 72 in the line honours race. Whitcraft's THA 72 added two more wins to their tally, followed by the Royal Malaysian Armed Forces Sail Association DK47 Uranus skippered by Salleh Ahmad slotting in for two second places, in front of the wounded Alive's two 3rd places.
The Japanese on Kazuki Kihara's First 40.7 Char Chan and Vincent Chan's all Malaysian crew on defending champion Titan 36 Mata Hari KL Registry have a fight on their hands. Less than a minute separated them on corrected time, as they traded 1st and 2nd places, resulting in one point difference in the overall IRC 1 stakes. Two line honours for Geoff Masters Mills 41 Meraki but little mistakes, like a late spinnaker drop, caused a wide arc mark turn, has them ending up with two 3rd places and work to do on the crew drills.
A battle between the symmetric and asymmetric spinnaker angles, is taking place in the IRC 2 class. Niels Degenkolw's X 3/4 ton Mk2 Phoenix and Jeremy Camps Impala 28 OOD Old Pulteney Blue Angel run straight downwind for shorter distance, while Amir Zohri's J92 S RSYC Nijinsky, are gybing with supposedly faster asymmetric angles but longer distance. It hasn't worked out that way, with Degenkolw's Phoenix winning both races by a country mile and Camps Old Pulteney Blue Angel coming from behind to claim two 2nd places, leaving Zohri's RSYC Nijinsky scratching their heads with two 3rd places.
Gerhard Pils small Pulse 600 Fetz Ma did the giant slaying act on Robert van Paridon's big 12.81m trimaran Tantrum Too on the first race today, but Paridon retaliated in the next race, to reverse the order and lead the overall Multihull class. Slightly off the pace Bob McIntyre's Stealth 13 Allegro had to settle on two 3rd places, with work to do to match the leaders.
The Club and Ocean Rover Classes are racing using the Time Correction Factor (TCF) for their handicap system and are adjusted each day based on the previous days placing. This didn't stop the Russians on Stas Pechenkin's Jeanneau One Design Southern Breeze 3 from claiming their second win in as many days but could only manage 3rd place in the second race today.
Coming back from the abyss, Chris Mitchell's Naut 40 Lady Bubbly returned to form to win the next race and clamber back to 4th overall. Kiwi Philip Auger's Davidson 35 Sophia. match raced Southern Breeze 3 around the course and initially scored two 2nd places but retirement from the first race drops them down the table to 5th overall. The big gainers are the Aussie's on Tristram Denyer's Baveria 37 Iseulta and Ramasamy Menon's Dehler 38 VG Offshore for 2nd and 3rd overall.
In the Ocean Rover class, it was A’dale Adham Ayahudin's Oyster 55 Chantique turn to post two wins and take the overall lead. Two 2nd places for Jack Christensen's Bavaria 49 Linda drops them to 2nd overall, with Bernard Di Tullio's Indulgence struggling in the light air for 3rd overall
Racing continues tomorrow and if the wind forecast holds true to form the picturesque 'Round the Island' race maybe on the cards.
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