3 & 4 - Picking up the pace...
All the racing class contestants expected to improve their standings after the two passage races turned into a lottery. Everything seemed to be going Ray Roberts and his TP52 Evolution Racing way so far, but arch rival Neil Pryde has some other plans for his Welbourn 52 Hi Fi, which included catching up and mowing down Ray Roberts lead and that's just what they did. Reminiscent of last seasons duel there was not much between the two as they chased each other around the course and on both occasions Neil Pryde managed to get a slight edge over Roberts and scored two wins to whittle down Evolution Racing's lead down to one point. Having the lowest handicap of the class worked in favour of the Kinmonth/Burns Farr/Mills 51 EFG Mandrake to score third and fourth places to narrow the margin. Xiaqun Song and her all Chinese crew on Frank Pong's TP52 Jelik V continue to impress with fourth and second places and put a wedge into Ray Roberts score.
The Premier Cruisers only had one race on a separate course to the north of the racing class which did not deter Antony Hastings' Beneteau F53 Baby Tonga from recording their third win in as many races and put one hand in readiness on the Jugra Cup. Peter Cremers fast finishing Warwick 53 Shahtoosh slotted into second spot to relegate Hans Rahmann's line honours favourite Judel Vrolijk 21.3m Yasooda into third place.
A complete change of fortune in the IRC 3 class occured when Peter Wintle's Koull Baby nailed the start line and posted two wins to keep their 2010 campaign on track. Steve Manning lifted the spirits of the Beneteau First 44.7 Walawala crew by trading second and third places with the Malaysian Armed Forces Farr 52 Zural skippered by Ishak Jab that lead the overall class standings. Two fifth places for Mark Mizner's Sydney 40 Babe sees them rapidly spiraling down the prointscore.
Once again defending champion David Ross with a star studded crew on his Kerr 32 Kukukerchu, took out the IRC 4 honours by securing the daily double and go a long way to completing the regatta with an unblemished record. The big mover and shaker was Vincent Chan's Titan 36 Mata Hari that posted third and second places to be in contention for a podium finish. Second and third places for Bryan Gauson's Farr 1104 Piccolo, holds them in second overall but they just don't seem to be able to conjure up the valuable few minutes needed to topple Kukukerchu.
Japan's Yasuto Fuda Van De Stadt 11.4 Fortissimo 8 came to the fore in the only IRC Cruising Class 5 race today. Simon Connor's Olson 10 Sapphire Star may have slipped to second place but still holds the overall lead. Gavin Welman's Hallberg-Rassy 53 Rascal rapid fall from grace has been stemmed with third place but can't afford anymore quirks if they are to stay in the running.
A come from behind win for Dato Richard Curtis 100 year old Bristol Pilot Cutter Eveline sees them recapture some of the former glory that this yacht is known for in the Non IRC Classic Class 6, Tim Wilson's 20m Cutter-Ketch El Oro continues on a charge with second place to hold top spot at the moment. Third place for Norhafizam's Malaysian Armed Forces Contessa 34 Musytari and after surviving a Race 1 protest scare has them still in the running to defend the title. Both Simon Morris Sirius 1935 and Malcolm Elliott's Peterson 46 Coup de Soleil finished the race today and show there is still some life in the old girls yet!
Racing continues tomorrow with the final passage race from Penang to Langkawi. This normally is the windiest race but as it seems the NE monsoon which arrived early this year and much to the sailors displeasure seems to be taking a well earned rest this week.
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