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Straight bullets for Dark & Steamy

As Barratt Homes Plymouth Race Week concludes

Monday July 11th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

The fourth and final day of the Barratt Homes Plymouth Race Week started in sharp contrast to previous days with light airs and a calm sea. However, on the race courses there was all to play for. In a few of the classes the silverware was still open and so there was some relief as the light westerly wind started to fill in to provide a good mornings racing.

The closest finish was in the J24s which had battled hard all week, and for the final two races there was still all to play for with the top three boats starting the day with two joint leaders and the third boat just one point behind. Adrian Bennett won followed by Jamie Watts and Daryl Conyers putting the first two on level points for the final race. When Daryl failed to take Legal Alien back over the line for an OCS it left Skilled Services and Apollo 4 match racing for the series. In the end Adrian Bennett came in just ahead of Apollo 4 to win the week, although the pair had to follow Steve Wassall’s Westerly-built Dogs Jorrocks over the line.

Outside the breakwater the IRC A fleet was dominated again by Nick and Annie Haigh’s Dark & Steamy, which ended the series with ten out of ten bullets. Jasper Crips' Ayala, and Ian Stewart’s Exotic, which had jostled all week, took second and third place. John Allen’s Antix had a tremendous week winning in IRC B and again a week long skirmish between Neil Tranthan's Elusive and Dave Allen's Rainmaker, the duo ultimately finishing in that order.

With six bullets Simon Baker’s Drama Queen was the MOCRA National Champion followed by Rupert Kidd's Suenos. On equal points for third and fourth place were Matt Baker's and Julian Spooner's boats.

Back inside the breakwater the UK National Sportsboat continued to provide exciting racing. Toe in the Water’s Big Toe, skippered by Sam Thompson won the J/80 class, and in the Seascape Championships, Jochem Visser was the clear winner, with Croatia’s Ratko Stibric second ahead of local sailor Peter Wanstall. Runner-up in the National Sports Boat Championship was Richard Littlejohn sailing his Open 5.70.

Afterwards at the prizegiving in the race village marquee Barratt Homes Managing Director, Tim Larner, thanked the organisers for a successful event which they were proud to have been title sponsor for. And, after being crowned the Overall National Sports Boat Champion, Jochem Visser who was presented with a stunning Richard Vassey yacht sculpture, thanked the Royal Western’s Commodore, Chris Arscott for a friendly, welcoming and exceedingly well run regatta in some of the best sailing waters he had experienced.

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