HYS One Ton Cup – Three Windward Leeward races were fired off in quick succession by PRO Stuart Childerley and his team. Racing was held in the central and eastern Solent, with a southwesterly breeze averaging 15 knots, and gusting over 20 knots.
Subtle wind shifts, and influential extra pressure in the gusts, kept tacticians on their toes. Six of the 12 strong fleet made the podium during the course of TT Rigging Race Day, with exceptionally tight racing- the DNA of the FAST40+ Class.
Peter Morton’s British CF40+ Girls on Film, took two race wins to lead after the first day. Stewart Whitehead’s British Carkeek MkIII Rebellion, finished the day in second place, just a point ahead of Steve Cowie’s Scottish GP42 Zephyr, who scored podium finishes in every race.
Tony Dickin’s British Farr 42 Jubilee, and Bas de Voogd’s Dutch Carkeek MkIII Hitchhiker, both made the podium to finish the day fourth and fifth respectively. Heinz Peter Schmidt’s German Felci 42 Silva Neo, won Race 1, but unfortunately broke a tack fitting forcing their retirement from Race 3.
“It was a shifty day, and you had to wait for the shift to come to you. Sometimes you have to take a bit of a hit before you get that lifting pressure.You had to be patient today. We are confident with the boat, and Dave Lenz did an exceptional job on tactics; he put us in some good positions, and the crew work was brilliant.” – Peter Morton, Girls on Film.
“We are pleased with today’s results, the team worked really hard on boat speed, and we got some good starts. There is always room to improve in this class, and we are just one day into the regatta, so we hope to do even better tomorrow.” – Stewart Whitehead, Rebellion.
“Good starts and keeping it simple worked well for us. The crew work was good, and we started well. The boat speed downwind was excellent, especially as it was a puffy day with the breeze coming over the island. A great first day, and we hope to keep up that level for the regatta.” – Ian Budgen, tactician Zephyr.
Racing at the HYS One Ton Cup continues tomorrow, Friday 22nd September with two longer races in the Solent.
by Louay Habib