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Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup

Dramatic race finish on Day 2 of the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup

Day two of the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup, sponsored by day sponsor Mylor Yacht Harbour, saw the fleet taking part in a 40 mile Coastal Race, which carried a points weighting of 1.5. For the second day running the wind was from the east creating big swells and some exciting seat of the pants sailing.

Greg Peck’s Swuzzlebubble loves nothing better than a good windy beat and the race committee gave them just that with a 10 mile head banger first leg that tested everyone’s metal. Swuzzlebubble rounded the weather mark with a handsome lead, but on the run the wind dropped somewhat, compressing the fleet.

Dramatic race finish on Day 2 of the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup

Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup © Fiona Brown http://www.fionabrown.com

Paul Pullen’s Miss Whiplash took full advantage of the situation gaining considerable ground. As the boats rounded the last mark Swuzzlebubble still had a big lead on the water, but on corrected time she and Miss Whiplash were now neck and neck.

The final leg in through the heads was a close reach in an awkward swell and as Swuzzlebubble crossed the finish just off Falmouth all heads turned to see how Miss Whiplash was doing. The stopwatches were out and as Whiplash crossed the line it was confirmed that, after more than five hours racing, she had won by a mere six seconds. Third place went to Jonny Swan’s Harmony with Philippe Pilate’s General Tapioca fourth.

In the overall standings Miss Whiplash has pulled into a narrow 1.5 point lead over Swuzzlebubble while Harmony moves up into third, leapfrogging over General Tapioca with a half point advantage.

Whilst the majority enjoyed a good romp in lovely conditions, one boat that most definitely did not enjoy today was Robbie Tregear’s beautiful Per Elisa.

Dramatic race finish on Day 2 of the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup

Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup © Fiona Brown http://www.fionabrown.com

On the spinnaker hoist their genoa sheet got caught in the spinnaker sheet, preventing them from releasing the sheet so that the boat broached out and laid flat. They picked themselves up and got going again but had to gybe to make Gull Rock. Robbie Tregear takes up the story.

During the gybe it’s all a matter of timing, and we were slightly out. We got our speed down the wave, but we hadn’t completed the gybe by the time we hit the bottom when the boat stopped but the kite carried on along with the rig, which crumpled into about five pieces.’ Fortunately the crew were able to clear away the damaged rig and make their way home without outside assistance, but it brought their championship to an untimely end.

Back ashore the fleet were treated to beers on the dock by A2 Rigging followed by the daily prize giving in the Regatta Marquee which is located immediately opposite the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Tomorrow the fleet will return to inshore racing with races four and five of the series planned. The forecast is for the wind to remain easterly and in the mid to high teens so there’s every expectation of starting on time at 10.30 for another great day’s sailing. The regatta continues until Friday 19 August.

Rank BowNumber Boat SailNo Club Skipper Rating R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1 11 Miss Whiplash GBR5435 Flushing SC Paul Pullen 0.951 1.0 2.0 1.5 4.5 4.5
2 09 Swuzzlebubble NZL3494 Flushing SC Greg Peck 0.973 2.0 1.0 3.0 6.0 6.0
3 02 Harmony IRL1484 Howth Yacht Club Jonny Swan 0.946 5.0 4.0 4.5 13.5 13.5
4 14 General Tapioca BEL7548 BRYC Philippe Plitae 0.954 3.0 5.0 6.0 14.0 14.0
5 15 Sibelius FRA8055 UNCL Jean-Philippe Lau & Claude Charbonnier 0.957 8.0 3.0 7.5 18.5 18.5
6 03 Checkmate IRL2016 Howth Yacht Club David Cullen 0.944 4.0 8.0 9.0 21.0 21.0
7 19 Emiliano Zapata FRA9156 RCYC Jonathan Cunliffe 0.943 7.0 7.0 13.5 27.5 27.5
8 22 The Big Picture IRL5522 Howth Yacht Club M & R Evans 0.945 9.0 9.0 10.5 28.5 28.5
9 16 K1(king One) IRL8094 Rush SC Kelly Boardman 0.953 12.0 11.0 12.0 35.0 35.0
10 17 Quokka 9 GBR8185 RORC Peter Rutter 0.949 10.0 13.0 16.5 39.5 39.5
11 05 Per Elisa GBR2679R RCYC Robbie Tregear 0.961 6.0 6.0 31.5 DNF 43.5 43.5
12 01 HullabalooXV GBR108 Walton & Frinton David Evans 0.918 15.0 14.0 15.0 44.0 44.0
13 18 Demolition GBR8444 Flushing SC Mel Sharp 0.930 11.0 12.0 25.5 48.5 48.5
14 21 Concorde FRA9292 Looe SC Francis Marshall 0.965 21.0 BFD 10.0 18.0 49.0 49.0
15 08 Superhero GBR5384 RORC Stoschek Tukolas 0.945 13.0 15.0 22.5 50.5 50.5
16 07 Crackajax GBR4080T RORC Richard Hollis 0.903 14.0 16.0 21.0 51.0 51.0
17 12 Scorpion GBR5592 Flushing SC Geoff Davies 0.889 16.0 19.0 19.5 54.5 54.5
18 20 Rampage FRA9187 Flushing SC John Hicks 0.947 17.0 17.0 24.0 58.0 58.0
19 04 Half’Capone ESP2752 Jean Courbon 0.956 21.0 BFD 18.0 28.5 67.5 67.5
20 10 Spip BEL5399 KYCH Thibaut Martin 0.933 21.0 BFD 20.0 27.0 68.0 68.0

by Fiona Brown

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