No illusions about winner in Long Race
The penultimate day of racing in the Combined Clubs Long Race Series yesterday produced significant changes in overall standings with ‘gun boat’ Philosopher toppled from her number one berth in Group A handicap categories.
The new joint leaders in AMS are David Brett’s Hanse 400e, Illusion and Matthew Denholm’s Farr 30, Cleopatra, both on a net 19 points, while veteran Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert’s Intrigue is now sharing top berth in the IRC category with Philosopher.
Derwent Sailing Squadron vice-commodore Peter Haros sailed Wings Three to first place on corrected time under both PHS and IRC categories with Illusion moved to the top of the leader-board with a second in AMS and a fourth in PHS to retain her overall lead in this category.
Overall leader in the AMS category going into yesterday’s race, Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr, finished 12th on corrected time and has dropped to fourth overall.
In the IRC category Peter Watkins’ Shere Khan won yesterday while Intrigue’s second has put her on equal points with Philosopher, which placed sixth.
Going into the final long race on Saturday, 8 April, Illusion and Cleopatra are each on 19 points in Group A (AMS) with Intrigue third overall on 22 points, with Philosopher fourth on 25 points. Ian Johnston’s Zephyr is also on 25 points.
In Group A (AMS), Intrigue and Philosopher are both on 9 points, with a gap to Masquerade (Tony Harman) and Madness (Gavin Adamson) on 20 points each.
Illusion heads Group A (PHS) with a net 22 points with Zephyr on 28 points and Madness on 35 points, closely followed by Cleopatra and Ramrod (Tim Maddox) both on 37 points.
In Group B Gordon Clark and David Wyatt’s Silicon Ship, a design by Walter Knoop, had a good sailing day, finishing first in PHS and second in AMS, won by Moonshadow (Anthony Ellis).
Going into the final race, consistent results by Miss Conduct (Brian Fleming) has taken her to top of the PHS scoreboard on 16 points, with Silicon Ship on 19 points and Groove (Will Justo) on 23 points.
Stewart Geeves’ Young 88 and Silicon Ship share the top of the leader-board on 9 points each after six races.
Only three boats competed in Group C yesterday with first place going to Peter Alcock’s Mottle 33, Kindred Spirit.
With one race to sail, Camlet Way (Steve Mannering) has a net 7 points with Kindred Spirit on 9 points.
Words and Photos: Peter Campbell
19 March 207