Light winds hampered the opening day of Cork Week yesterday (Monday) with some of the 500-strong fleet spending up to six hours at sea.
The event marks the European debut of the two MaxZ86 footers Pyewacket and Morning Glory whose continuing rivalry stepped up a gear in Ireland this week.
Their first race in Class Zero took in the scenic Harbour Course, starting outside Roche's Point and passing in by the historic maritime port of Cobh.
Roy DISNEY'S Pyewacket took an early lead, extending up to three miles at one point before a lull just a few hundred metres from the finish brought Hasso PLATTNER and his crew back into contention just six seconds astern.
Disney took the bullet but was beaten by his German opponent by 20 seconds on IRC corrected handicap time.
However, the handicap difference has revealed a distinct difference between these supposed sisterships. Plattner sailed with his spinnaker pole on board, apparently at the Americans' request to narrow the rating difference. Had they left this ashore, they would have gained another three points on their handicap.
"There's a lack of empathy between the two boats,"
said one Pyewacket crew-member in Crosshaven yesterday (Monday). "They got lucky today, they still got a drubbing,"
commented another. Dee SMITH on Morning Glory wouldn't be drawn in, though their Day Two response afloat is certain to be telling.
Meanwhile the late breeze that brought Plattner his pyrrhic victory saw the smaller Class Zero boats sweep in behind on the ebb tide to oust the maxis to a mid-fleet standing after day one.
Robert ELLIOTT'S DK46 Erivale helmed by Tim POWELL was the overnight leader with a seven minute lead on corrected time from Colm BARRINGTON on his new Kerr 39 footer Flying Glove. Russian IMX45 footer Follow Me was third in the class.
In the IRM fleet, Farr 45-footer Rebel leads overnight with Peter HARRISON'S Chernikeef 2 in second place. Rival Farr 52 footer was disposed of in the protest room for allowing her spinnaker to touch during a luffing incident early in the race.
Full results are available on the event website via the link below.