Breeze at last
Casio defeated John Harris' Rag & Famish Hotel by 53 seconds with New Zealand's Phil Airey a further 31 seconds back in third place in CT Sailbattens in one of the most spectacular races seen on the harbour for some time.
With the final race to be sailed tomorrow (Sunday) Casio on 15 points holds a one point lead over Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) on 16, Rag & Famish 17 and Club Marine 18.
Finally, after days of light flukey breezes, a 20+ knots nor-easter faced the 31 teams for race six of the championship.
Pegasus Racing, Casio and CT Sailbattens were best from the start with Asko and Rag & Famish in hot pursuit.
Casio and Pegasus staged a great battle upwind with Casio taking the honours at the Beashel Buoy windward mark by just a few seconds.
The pair fairly took off under spennakers but Casio won out totally when her crew gybed onto starboard hand and Pegasus capsized while trying to gybe on to starboard also to avoid the collision.
The speed of the skiffs was sensational as they raced under spinnaker along Shark Island to the wing mark.
Casio now had a clear break over CT Sailbattens, Rag & Famish and Ssangyong Yandoo as the skiffs headed back upwind.
The positions remained pretty much unchanged over the second lap of the course but the racing was anything but stable.
The leaders were flying on the long spinnaker run back down harbour with plenty of air between hull and water as they jumped from wave to wave.
On the spinnaker run home Casio's team drove their skiff hard to record their win and put them ahead of Asko which lost one place (to Fisher & Paykel) just ten metres from the finishing line.
|Pos||Skiff||Elapsed Time||Handicap Place||C'ship Points (after discard)|
|2||Rag & Famish Hotel||1.15.08||6||17|
|5||Fisher & Paykel||1.17.29||7||40|
|13||Barron & Smithers||1.27.53||13||99|
|14||Fisher Fine Arts Helly Hansen||1.28.32||14||51|
|24||Noakes Youth||Non finisher||103|
|26||Southern Cross Constructions||Non finisher||116|
|28||Pegasus Racing||Non finisher||34|
|29||Hurley Palmer Flatt||Non finisher||150|
|30||Ssangyong New Zealand||Non finisher||118|