Multihull Solutions regatta Race Day 2 gets under way and the sailing conditions that greeted the competitors and and race management were less than ideal,with clear blue skies and no wind.
But true to the cause PRO Simon James and his band of trusty volunteers left shore at 0830 in search of breeze.
By 1130 and much swimming and good natured banter the wind slowly filled in from the South East.
So a Windward and Leeward course was set for the three classes and at midday the first warning signal was sounded.
First fleet off was the Multihull racing class .and Top Cat had the best of a pin end start and led early,but halfway up the first beat Thor ,Hurricane and Java had closed the gap and a close battle ensued.Jibe for jibe and tack for tack the lead changed.But at the end the placings were Java 1st , Top Cat 2nd and Hurricane 3rd.
Next fleet were the closely matched one design firefly class ,and all eyes were on Twin Sharks after two wins on day one. A brilliant start by Voodoo saw them lead from start to finish and record a brilliant win.Twin Sharks after a less than ideal start fought back from third around most legs of the course to snatch second from Blue Nose at the finish.
The Third fleet to grace the starter was the evenly matched fleet of pulse trimarans and at the head of the fleet,Chief regatta sponsor Andrew Debruin and Mick Tilden continued their battle.
They swapped victories in the Two races today and have sewn up first and second with one day to go,and Mick Tilden has a small lead to protect.
The other three boats are all showing great improvement in the tricky light wind conditions and are pressuring the two leaders around the course,with Paul Baker posting four third places to be consistently on the podium.
Race two got underway in a very light south westerly after a short delay and with the crews keen to race the racing Multhull division went at it with gusto.
Top Cat again pegged the start to get away well with Hurricane and Java left pondering what had happened in their wake.This led to the improving Top Cat posting their first Win of the series and close the points gap on Hurricane to one point with the last day to come.Hurricane are sailing well, have good speed but will need to be on their game tomorrow to hold the trophy. A great third place by Galeforce was reward for sticking at it in the tricky conditions.
Lastly the fantastic Fireflies got off the start line with lots of mocking for position and the top dog , Twin Sharks was forced into a less than enviable start ,with Voodoo sailing off to a good lead ,with clean air and tactics.
But you can’t keep a good boat down forever and Twin Sharks fought back gamely to take the win and consolidate their position on top of the leaderboard. Voodoo posted another great second and are now in second place ahead of the consistent Mamba ,who seem to like the better pressure of the first day ,and would be hoping for similar conditions tomorrow.
All in all a great days racing ,with Chalong Bay ,putting on its best face for visiting sailors and locals alike.
Tomorrow the kings of each division will be crowned , but WHO?
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