Sun at last as Checkmate XV consolidates her lead on Day 3 of the Half Ton Classics Cup 2015.
Two races were run on three lap windward/leeward courses which gave the boats some terrific racing. In the first race of the day overnight leader Checkmate XV, owned by Ireland’s David Cullen, sailed a text book race to win by 68 seconds.
Per Elisa had led the race early on but couldn’t hold off Checkmate’s onslought so had to be content with second. Happy to be back racing in more moderate conditions, Johny Swan’s Harmony took third with Jeremy Florizoone’s Alf fourth.
Race seven saw both Per Elisa and Checkmate XV down at the pin end which Checkmate technically won, however Per Elisa came off the line slightly to weather and with fantastic pace and stormed her way up the first beat, never missing a shift.
By the first mark she already had a confident lead and she continued to build on that throughout the race, eventually winning by an impressive 6 minutes 47 seconds. Paul Pullen’s Miss Whiplash took second by a mere three seconds from Checkmate XV with the Spilleboudt brothers’ Blue Berry Pi in fourth and Harmony fifth.
In the overall standings the completion of race seven means that the boats are now allowed two discards. With their worst result a third place David Cullen and his boys from Howth aboard Checkmate XV lead the regatta with 7.1 points.
Paul Pullen’s Cornishmen in Miss Whiplash are now in second with 13.6 points and Robby Tregear and Per Elisa jump from tenth into third with 22 points. The Spilleboudt’s Blue Berry Pi has moved from seventh to fourth on 24.9 points.
by Fiona Brown