Into the courtroom
The Club Marine team defeated defending champion Michael Coxon on Fiat by 1min 15secs to take the points lead in the seven-heat regatta. Third today went to Chris Pomfret’s Southern Cross Constructions, which finished a further 1min 13secs behind Fiat. Ssangyong Yandoo (John Winning) was fourth, followed by Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin) and Pegasus Racing, skippered by American former JJ winner, Howie Hamlin. Club Marine has a total of four points after today’s race.
Next comes Fiat on 8, Gotta Love It 7 on 10, Macquarie race 1 winner of Micah Lane on 11, Active Air-2UE (John Sweeny) on 14 and Asko Appliances (Hugh Stodart) on 17. But with a number of protests logged after the race, all points are provisional.
After two general recalls, the fleet got away over the windward-leeward course in a NE wind. There was a short work to the windward mark where Club Marine led from Asko and Sweden (Magnus Gravare) with Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris) and CT Sail Battens (Phil Airey, NZ).
For the Rag team, however, it was all in vain as they had been recalled for an on the course start and hadn’t returned. The spinnaker run back to the start area was incredibly quick and chaotic. To add to the drama and confusion, a large ship passed through the course and boats were going in all directions at the marks. There were collisions and near collisions and it was obvious that there were going to be subsequent protests after the confusion.
Once the race finally settled down, Club Marine established a clear break over the fleet and went on to score a comfortable victory.
Rag & Famish Hotel and Fiat were always close together in the chase with The Rag finally crossing in second place - albeit they were not going to get the placing after their earlier infringement at the start.
Race 3 of the regatta will be sailed on Sydney Harbour next Tuesday.
Today's provisional results: