Straight wins for Aera
The start line was laid near the Champagne Mumm racing mark and a windward mark opposite the entrance to the Newtown River. With the Z flag flying for all starts, the boats were cautious in their approach to the line, using the east-going flood tide to hold themselves back from the course side of the line. Across the Classes, the leading boats had even starts, with starboard tack boats holding their course only briefly before heading for the North shore and shallow water.
On the downwind leg Aera maintained her familiar lead, but Bear of Britain (Kit Hobday/Tim Louis) found herself in second place, ahead of Volvo for Life Team Tonic (Nick Hewson), with Chernikeeff 2 (Peter Harrison) following close behind.
In the second race, Volvo For Life Team Tonic took back a place in the Super Zero Class, as the big boats lead the field home. By the end of the race Bear of Britain and Chernikeeff 2 had the better of Volvo for Life Team Tonic, but smaller boats fared better and the Farr 52s took sixth, seventh and ninth positions. Wolf (Glynn Williams) held a significant lead over the Class zero boats at the first leeward mark, and maintained this position through the rest of the race to take second place in the combined Zero and Super Zero Class, however she couldn't keep up the pressure and dropped to eighth in the second race of the day.
In Class 1 Exabyte 2 (Shaun Frohlich) continued to show her form, taking the first race of the day by over thirty seconds from Assassin (Peter Jackson), positions which they repeated in the following race. Jazolo (Robert Shaw) made the best of the light winds and her asymmetric spinnaker to take first place in Class 2, edging out Voodoo Chile (Eamon Crosbie) and Obsession (Barry & David Rose). In Class 3, Software Mistress (Ian Maclean) reversed the fortunes of the previous day, to take first place, followed by Tsunami (Roger Swinney) and the consistent Abrasive (Paul Hirst & Ashley Taylor).
In the second race of the day, Class 2 was won by another J109, Jeronimo (Jonathan & Lisa Goring), with Bump in The Night (Duncan Morris) easing Voodoo Chile into third. In Class 3, Software Mistress took first again, with Abrasive and Excalibur (Mike & June Tong) taking second and third places.
The third race of the day, which had the potential to create a list of favourites for the prize winners in each Class, was turned on its head at the start line. In the Zero and Super Zero Class, Chernikeeff 2 and Bear of Britain crossed the line in the minute before the start and received a 20% place penalty. Kirribilli was scored OCS.
In Class 1 Gusto (Andrew Hinton-Lever) and Mostly Harmless (Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling) returned after being over the line and received 20% place penalties; Moonshine (Jack Kelly) and Firestorm (Jonathan Perry) were scored OCS.
The Class 3 boats learned from what they saw of the Class 2 start and were all behind the line as the gun was fired.
Class 2 was another story. At the first attempt eight boats were identified as being over the line during the last minute and there was a general recall. At the second attempt 15 boats were identified as being over the line in the final minute, three of whom had also been identified as such in the first start; they received a total 40% place penalty, the others all took a 20% penalty. Following another general recall a Black flag was hoisted on the Committee boat to achieve a clean start at the third attempt.
With six of the eight planned races completed, Zero & Super Zero, and Class 1 both have outright leaders. The new Ker 55, Aera (Nick Lykiardopulo) shows a full hand of firsts and IMX 40, Exabyte 2, using her discard, has just one second among a list of firsts. In Class 2, Flair IV (Jim MacGregor) and Highland Spirit (Hamish Oliphant) are in prime contention for the honours, while in Class 3, Abrasive and Excalibur tie for second place, just five points behind Electra (Mike Tattersall).
The crews of the Farr 52s, all in preparation for the Admiral's Cup event in July, were all enjoying the racing. Bear of Britain's results today are put down to out-hiking the other boats, and a good team effort.
Volvo For Life Team Tonic's crew boss, Craig 'Lightning' Nutter commented: "The closeness of the racing saw Bear pip us in the first two races and showed the crew how much work still needs to be done. It doesn't take a big error to lose half a boat length."
Peter Harrison, back on board Chernikeeff 2 today and in Cowes for the first time since he returned from New Zealand, was pleased with the preparations that his crew are making for the Admiral's Cup. Sailing with the core of his RORC Sailability crew onboard, and some that may sail on his Farr 52, Chernikeeff, as part of the Cowes Corinthian Sailability crew, which will make its racing debut in the RORC Morgan Cup Race from Cowes to Brixham, next weekend.
|Class Z and SZ|
|1||Aera||Ker 55||Nick Lykiardopulo||1.319||1||1||1||1||1||1||5|
|2||Volvo For Life Team Tonic||Farr 52||Nick Hewson||1.316||2||2||3||9||3||2||12|
|3||Bear of Britain||Farr 52||Kit Hobday / Tim Louis||1.318||5||3||5||6||2||20||21|
|4||Crackerjack||Swan 45||Keith Miller||1.191||8||4||2||5||7||13||26|
|5||I-Site||Ker 11.3||Robbie Cameron-Davies||1.158||3||7||4||8||13||4||26|
|6||Wolf||IC 45||Glynn Williams||1.234||6||13||11||2||8||3||30|
|7||Chernikeeff 2||Farr 52||Peter Harrison||1.32||4||9||6||7||4||9||30|
|8||Nimmo||Dubois 37||John Killeen||1.105||7||11||8||11||9||5.5||40.5|
|9||Rebel||IC 45||Peter Morton||1.232||9||6||7||12||20||7||41|
|10||Jazz||J 145||Chris Bull||1.22||14||12||12||4||5||15||47|
|11||Thunder 2||Mills 36||Donald Wilks & Kieron O'Connell||1.114||13||16||20||3||6||10||48|
|12||Kirribilli||First 47.7||Doug & Lynne Flynn||1.139||12||8||9||16||10||20||55|
|13||Minnie The Moocher||Ker 11.3||Anthony Richards||1.158||10||13||10||10||15||14||57|
|14||Cracker||Ker 11.3||David Pinner||1.158||15||10||13||17||11||9||58|
|15||Farrfalina||Farr 40 foot||Rob Goddard||1.165||16||15||14||13||14||8||64|
|16||Alvine XIII||Swan 45||Harry Evans||1.192||11||14||15||14||17||12||66|
|17||El Syd||BH 41||Ian McKinney||1.132||17||17||20||15||12||11||72|
|18||No Respect||One Design 35||Christopher & Hannah Neve||1.13||18||18||16||18||16||16||84|
|19||Minx||Corby 41.5||Andrew Ritchie||1.172||20||20||20||20||20||20||100|
|1||Exabyte 2||IMX 40||Shaun Frohlich||1.096||11||1||2||1||1||1||6|
|2||Bare Knuckles||Prima 38||Robert Gateshill||1.084||1||2||1||5||6||7||15|
|3||RoyalBlue Addict||First 40.7||Ian Handley||1.073||8||13||4||4||3||3||22|
|4||Assassin||J 39||Peter Jackson||1.069||10||6||8||2||2||4.5||22.5|
|5||Fastwave II||First 40.7||A C P Sailing||1.071||2||3||5||11||5||11||26|
|6||Longbow||Prima 38||Army Sailing Association||1.089||3||5||6||12||14||6||32|
|7||Magnum II||IMX 40||Andrew Pearce||1.095||9||7||9||8||4||4.5||32.5|
|8||Circus||Seaquest 36||Andrew Webster||1.087||5||10||7||3||11||8||33|
|9||Beam On||Beneteau 40.7||Stuart & Jane Hemingway||1.073||4||13||10||6||13||10||43|
|10||Mostly Harmless||Prima 38||Tom Hayhoe & Natalie Jobling||1.089||6||8||11||9||10||19||44|
|11||Push the Tempo||Bull 9000||Waveplane Massive||1.075||12||17||14||7||8||14||55|
|12||White Knuckles||Prima 38||Mervyn Hughes||1.089||13||11||12||13||9||12||57|
|13||Kylidh||Prima 38||Guy Spurr||1.089||14||16||21||15||18||2||65|
|14||Dickies Yacht Sales||Sinergia 40||Nigel Biggs||1.093||21||4||3||21||21||21||70|
|15||Gusto IV||Prima 38||Andrew Hinton-Lever||1.089||11||15||13||16||17||20||72|
|16||Moonshine||Mumm 30||Jack Kelly||1.078||15||16||21||14||7||21||73|
|17||Shockwave||First 40.7||Nick Lutte||1.073||16||14||21||21||15||9||75|
|18||Firestorm||Prima 38||Jonathan Perry||1.089||21||21||21||10||12||21||85|
|19||Bornslippy 2||Prima 38||Team ORL||1.089||21||21||21||17||16||13||88|
|20||Forward Thinking||Reflex 38||Geoffrey West||1.067||17||18||15||21||21||21||92|
|1||Flair IV||Elan 40||Jim MacGregor||1.045||1||8||3||4||7||1||16|
|2||Highland Spirit||Corby 35||Hamish Oliphant||1.035||8||3||2||7||19||2||22|
|3||Obsession V||First 36.7||Barry & David Rose||1.028||3||12||6||3||11||16||35|
|4||Jazolo||J 109||Robert Shaw||1.033||14||9||13||1||6||7||36|
|5||Glide-X||X 332||Ian Dawson||1.002||4||8||11.5||9||5||21||37.5|
|6||The Office||Ker 9m||Nigel Musto||1.044||6||4||7.5||22||10||11||38.5|
|7||Menenes||Swan 441||Graham Deegan||1.04||2||11||5||12||12||10||40|
|8||Zarafa||HOD 35||Peter Scholfield||1.04||5||6||7.5||17||8||17||43.5|
|9||Voodoo Chile||Ker 32||Eamon Crosbie||1.033||33||33||1||2||3||6||45|
|10||Carpetbagger||HOD 35||Michael Ronson||1.04||7||7||11.5||14||18||16||55.5|
|11||X-Therapist||X 332||Russell Hodgson||1.000||10||10||4||18||21||14||56|
|12||Reckless Rat||X 332||Tom Peters||0.997||33||1||9||11||17||20||58|
|13||Capitali$m||HOD 35||Tim Harrington||1.038||9||15.5||18||27||4||15||61.5|
|14||X-Factor||X 332||Paul Woodward & John Barrett||0.999||13||11||15||8||16||22||63|
|15||White Knight of Wessex||HOD 35||James Neville||1.036||12||14||14||10||13||25||63|
|16||Exotic||X 332||Mike Brand & David Elderfield||1||11||13||25||16||15||16||71|
|17||Jeronimo||J 109||Jonathan & Lisa Goring||1.032||21||21||23||6||1||27||72|
|18||Brightwork||X 332||Graham Fairhall||1||15||15.5||16||13||14||29||73.5|
|19||Bump in the Night||First 40.7||Duncan Morris||1.027||33||18||28||5||2||26||79|
|20||Deuce||Elan 40||Martin & Maureen Gee||1.054||19||20||10||21||23||33||93|
|21||Big Boys Toys||Corby 33||Andrew Percival||1.029||20||23||21||15||22||19||97|
|22||Judgement Day||J 109||Nigel & Suzie Brooke||1.027||33||33||20||20||9||19||101|
|23||Aztec||Mills 30||Malcolm Goodall||1.023||16||17||31||19||25||24||101|
|24||Sanguma||Ker 31||Chris Walmsley||1.048||18||19||17||23||24||33||101|
|25||Joyride||J 109||Michael Jones||1.036||22||24||24||26||33||23||119|
|26||Peanut||X 332||Jonathan Butler||0.996||17||28||33||25||20||32||122|
|27||Malice||HOD 35||Michael Moxley||1.039||24||25||26||28||26||28||129|
|28||Euphorix||Sigma 38||Joanna Martin||0.995||33||33||33||29||27||24||146|
|29||Audacious||Jod 35||Paul Peggs||1.031||23||26||33||33||33||33||148|
|30||Hot Doris||Mount Gay 30||Dominic Hurndall||1.041||33||33||33||24||28||33||151|
|31||Doris J of Fivestar||J 109||Five Star Sailing||1.017||33||33||33||33||33||33||165|
|31||Rainmaker||Lightwave 395||Julian Charles Nichols||1.05||33||33||33||33||33||33||165|
|4||Disko Trooper||Impala 28||Robert Garlick & Will Hamilton||0.893||5||1||6||6||5||6||23|
|5||Penultima||Sunfast 32||Stuart Broughton||0.954||8||7||5||8||4||3||27|
|6||Software Mistress||Sigma 362||Ian Maclean||0.958||12||12||12||1||1||2||28|
|8||Tsunami||Bolero T/R||Roger Swinney||0.87||7||9||8||2||7||8||32|
|9||Leda||Laser 28||Lance Tucker||0.91||3||6||4||10||10||12||33|
|10||Cas||Dehler 34||Philippe Falle||0.937||9||8||9||7||8||7||39|
|11||Sigress||Sigma 33||David & Fiona Crawforth||0.928||12||12||12||12||12||12||60|