At last! Fresh winds and sunshine finally arrived at Cork Week yesterday (Wednesday) to the relief of organisers under pressure following complaints from some classes about Race Management on Monday and Tuesday.
The 500 boat fleet revelled in the choppy open waters off Roche's Point on Ireland's South Coast.
The improved conditions were ideal for the big boats of Class Zero where Roy DISNEY'S Pyewacket soundly beat Hasso PLATTNER'S Morning Glory in both races of the day.
Speaking after the day's racing, Disney hinted at the gulf between the two MaxZ 86-footers. "Its a pretty serious rivalry between Morning Glory and Pyewacket,"
said the 73-year Californian before adding: "Putting spells on people is our deal but they had the hecks on us in Antigua so I'm glad to break the curse now."
Plattner has yet to respond but Day Three marked a definite turn down in relations as the German opted to use spinnakers having previously left them ashore to attempt to level the slight IRC handicap advantage he holds over Disney.
Meanwhile, amongst the lesser mortals of the event, the remainder of the IRC Class Zero fleet are tussling for the runner-up places as the maxis dominate the first and second.
British DK46 Erivale helmed by Tim POWELL continues to tie with Ireland's Colm BARRINGTON on Flying Glove. Both in turn are under pressure from the larger Cruiser-Racers who had a good day on the Olympic Courses.
It was Peter HARRISON'S Farr 52 Chernikeeff which scored best for the day, taking line honours and first on corrected time in the first race, and then a second behind Kit HOBDAY and Tim LOUIS' 52 Bear of Britain in the second race, to earn their place at the top of the IRM Class leaderboard.
Chernikeeff had the better start in the first race and was able to lock into the first couple of windshifts well, giving themselves breathing space over Bear by the windward turn. From there they extended slightly to win.
Bear of Britain lined up alongside Chernikeeff at the start gun of the second race and the pair fought a drag race out to the far left of the course, Chernikeeff took a couple of bad waves allowing Bear to get a nose in front and that was enough to get in control.
With the pair fighting it out the lead IC 45's were hard on their heels at the first turn and they both had to work hard to save their time on the chasing pack.
Building up a small margin Bear was able to come out of the leeward mark on starboard tack and cause some problems for their main rival who were completing their run on port.
Forced into a rapid drop Chernikkeeff's kite was in the water momentarily, while Bear went on to take the honours for the second race.
"A pretty good day for us. Ian BUDGEN and Chris MAIN both did a good job for us today, Chris keeping us on the right bit of water at the right time and Budgie steering."
Chernikeeff's navigator Marc FITZGERALD commented.
The fresher conditions also brought choppier seas resulting in as many as four reported man-overboards, a dismasting, several collisions and one broken leg.
Meanwhile, organisers at the Royal Cork have raised a marine safety issue with the Irish Coastguard and Garda Siochana.
A briefing note had been circularised to the fleet along with extensive references in the Sailing Instructions relating to new Irish safety regulations that require all persons on boats of seven metres or less to be wearing a lifejacket.
Dozens of RIBs supporting entries at Cork are ignoring or failing to comply with the new laws. Boats over seven metres must have a lifejacket for every person on board while children must wear lifejackets at all times on every length of craft while on deck.