All change on day three of the 2013 Dragon Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management in Weymouth, where today's fifth race brought high tension on the race course and the introduction of the discard. As a result the leaderboard has been well and truly shuffled.
Today's race winner was fleet newcomer Grant Gordon, sailing with Ruaridh Scott and Joost Houweling, who enjoyed a spectacular dog fight with Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen, sailing with Andrew Norden and Hamish McKay. Initially Hoj-Jensen just had the upper hand, but on the second run Gordon got through to take control for the remainder of the race. Behind them the chasing pack was vying for position with constant place changing and some nail biting mark roundings. Ultimately Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, sailing with Jean Sebastien Ponce and Vicente Pinheiro de Melo, got the best of the situation and led Simon Brien, sailing with Mark Brien and David Gomes, Mick Cotter, sailing with Simon Fry and Tim Goodbody, Mark Dicker, sailing with James Campbell, and Drummond Sydenham and Klaus Diederichs, sailing with Andy Beadsworth and Jamie Lea, across the line.
The race also produced some big upsets with several of the leading boats being black flagged including overnight leader Lawrie Smith, sailing with Ossie Stewart and Tim Tavinor, and leading Corinthian Julia Bailey, sailing with Graham Bailey, Keith Tippell and Will Heritage.
In the overall standings Hoj-Jensen now leads the regatta on 20 points, a single point ahead of Diederichs with Wilkinson-Cox third on 22 and Smith fourth on 24. Gordon has jumped up the leaderboard from ninth to fifth, seven points behind Smith and one point ahead of Bailey.
In the Corinthian Division Julia Bailey hangs onto her lead by four points despite today's black flag. Simon Brien, sailing with Mark Brien and David Gomes, is in second and Julian Sowry, sailing with Claire Sowry and Neil O'Hagan is eight points back in third.
Today's other big excitement was the traditional Edinburgh Cup Crews Race, which is normally a fairly relaxed affair. But this year the crews were clearly in fighting form and it took two general recalls and the introduction of the black flag to get the race underway. Even with the black flag deterrent the fleet was still over eager and three of the teams, including German Star saillor Marc Pickel, sailing Marcus Brennecke's boat with Thomas Auracher, were sent home for the early bath.
For the 16 teams remaining on the course it was action all the way. Guy Clarabut, sailing with owner Jono Ratnage and Ross McKissock, led on the first lap but a couple of big shifts turned the fleet inside out and ultimately it was James Campbell sailing with owner Mark Dicker and Drummond Sydenham who took the winner's laurels, with Justin Waples sailing with owner Rob Campbell and Tom Waples second, Jon Mortimer sailing with co-owner Owen Pay and Matt Walker third, and Katie Cole sailing with Peter Marchant and Andy Biddle fourth. Although a little disappointed with his eventual fifth place in the race Guy Clarabut was none the less delighted to accept the prize for the first helm 30 years old or under, which he just managed to snatch on the line from Will Heritage.
The Edinburgh Cup supported by Aberdeen Asset Management concludes tomorrow with just one final race to sail, a forecast of north-westerly backing westerly at 10 to 18 knots and a latest start cut off time of 13.00. With only twelve points separating the top six boats and Hoj-Jensen currently discarding a fourteenth place the championship remains wide open.
|1||GBR775||Poul HOJ-JENSEN||Hamish McKAY||Andrew "Noddy" NORDEN||5||-14||10||3||2||20|
|2||GBR758||Klaus DIEDERICHS||Andy BEADSWORTH||Jamie LEA||1||-15||7||6||7||21|
|3||GBR761||Gavia WILKINSON-COX||Jean Sebastien PONCE||Vicente PINHEIRO DE MELO||10||8||-12||1||3||22|
|4||GBR785||Lawrie SMITH||Ossie STEWART||Tim TAVINOR||8||6||8||2||(42.0 BFD)||24|
|5||GBR780||Grant GORDON||Ruaridh SCOTT||Joost HOUWELING||7||7||16||-19||1||31|
|6||GBR720||Julia BAILEY||Graham BAILEY||William HERITAGE & Keith TIPPELL||3||2||2||25||(42.0 BFD)||32|
|7||POR55||Jose MATOSO||Gustavo LIMA||Frederico MELO||14||3||-27||10||8||35|
|8||IRL214||Simon Brien||Mark Brien||David Gomes||13||10||9||-16||4||36|
|9||GER11||Marcus BRENNECKE||Marc PICKEL||Thomas AURACHER||9||9||-13||8||12||38|
|10||GBR610||Mark DICKER||James CAMPBELL||Drummond SYDENHAM||-23||13||18||4||6||41|
|11||GBR633||Ron JAMES||Julia WALSH||Mark PETTITT||2||5||-23||21||14||42|
|12||IRL213||Michael COTTER||Simon FRY||Tim GOODBODY||-19||19||11||7||5||42|
|13||GBR755||Julian SOWRY||Claire SOWRY||Neil O'HAGAN||4||4||-34||9||27||44|
|14||GBR768||Christopher HUNT||Mark HART||Mark "Crash" DALY||12||21||3||13||(42.0 BFD)||49|
|15||SUI312||Dirk OLDENBURG||Phil BLINN||Mario WAGNER||(42.0 OCS)||11||19||5||15||50|
|16||GBR740||Clive PAGE||Graeme PAGE||Rory PAGE||17||17||6||-36||11||51|
|17||GER1071||Helmut Schmidt||Andreas Listl||Stefan Hellriegel||25||16||4||12||(42.0 BFD)||57|
|18||GBR708||Quentin STRAUSS||Martin Cullen||Simon STRAUSS||6||-33||29||18||10||63|
|19||GBR766||Robert CAMPBELL||Justin WAPLES||Tom WAPLES||16||-25||1||24||25||66|
|20||GBR717||Harry PYNN||Patrick Gifford||Paul Springott||21||-32||20||20||9||70|
|21||GBR782||David ATKINSON||Ian TURNBULL||John OUTHWAITE||11||18||21||-23||22||72|
|22||AUS210||Sandy ANDERSON||John MONCRIEFF||John LOW & Bernie McELHINNEY||15||-24||22||17||19||73|
|23||AUS227||Marcus BLACKMORE||Terry WETTON||Don COWIE||-33||26||15||11||23.5||76|
|24||GBR763||Simon BARTER||James BARTER||Donald WILKS||20||-29||17||14||26||77|
|25||USA310||Ted SAWYER||Martin PAYNE||Pedro ARRIAGA||29||1||30||-38||18||78|
|26||GBR586||Ian GRAY||Rene NEL||Rob GODDARD||-34||23||5||34||17||79|
|27||GBR764||Mike HAYLES||Monique HAYLES||Julian BROOKE-HOUGHTON||-30||22||14||22||23.5||82|
|28||GBR777||Owen PAY||Jonathon MORTIMER||Matt WALKER||27||-30||24||15||20||86|
|29||GBR722||Mark WADE||Amanda WADE||Simon CASH||22||20||-36||26||21||89|
|30||GBR746||Peter MARCHANT||Katie COLE||Andy BIDDLE||26||27||-32||27||16||96|
|31||GBR770||Jono BROWN||David BROWN||Lynette BROWN||(42.0 OCS)||12||26||29||33||100|
|32||GBR704||Martin MAKEY||Tim WILKES||Teresa WILKES||24||-34||31||32||13||100|
|33||GBR753||Jonathan RATNAGE||Ross McKISSOCK||Guy CLARABUT||18||-38||28||30||32||108|
|34||GBR739||Nigel KAULA||Oliver MORGAN||Matt ALEXANDER||28||28||-39||28||28||112|
|35||JPN50||Bocci AOYAMA||Tetsuya SASAKI||Norio IGEI||(42.0 OCS)||31||25||35||30||121|
|36||GBR660||Dave ROSS||Matt HOLMES||Paul KELSEY||(42.0 OCS)||42.0 BFD||33||31||29||135|
|37||GBR675||David HARRIS||Christopher BREALY||Brian MCKENZIE||32||35||35||33||-36||135|
|38||GBR622||Robert RIDDELL||Georgina DEWAR||Deborah PRITCHARD JONES||36||37||-40||37||31||141|
|39||GBR771||Adrian DYBALL||Bruce McCLAREN||Nick FRIBBENS||31||39||37||-41||35||142|
|40||GBR718||Jenny STUTLEY||Roger GUY||Lisa GUY||35||36||38||-39||34||143|
|41||GBR557||Graham PRICE||Patrick LOMAX||Tracy POWELL||37||40||-41||40||37||154|
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