A rewarding day's sailing for Frank PONG'S Reichel Pugh 75 as she covered an average of 14.5 knots to draw sixty miles clear of Ffree Fire during the day, thereby putting herself in position to smash Karl KWOK's 4 year old race record of 47:43:07.
As of 1800 hrs local time this evening, Franks' estimated finish time was 40h 07m, providing that the 16 knot breeze continues to blow and that 'Jelik' manages to avoid the vagaries of tide and coastal breeze as she negotiates the Subic Bay finish area.
If IRC handicaps are applied to the estimated elapsed times, 'Jelik' would also lift the IRC Racing title, pushing a stong finishing 'Outrageous' into second place and 'Ffree Fire' into third. On the basis of the latest positions, Neil PRYDE would finish fourth on 'Hi Fidelity' and Fred KINMONTH ninth on 'Stella Minter Ellison', much as he predicted before the race. This scenario would hand Fred the Omega Asian Yachting Circuit title, however by only a one point margin, so anything could still happen.
With constant winds for the race so far, the divisions are performing pretty much as expected, with perhaps the exception of Anthony DAY'S 'Siren' currently expected to finish near the bottom of the racing fleet on corrected time. Geoff HILL on 'Time' also looks likely to finish low in the Division, perhaps disadvantaged by racing an unfamiliar boat in China Sea weather conditions.
'Moxie', the Valiant being raced double-handed by John LAMPL, looks set to do well in the HKPN Overall standings, however 'Outrageous' has recorded an average of 10 knots over the day to put herself in contention for HKPN Overall and the China Sea Race Trophy. No doubt all the remaining participants are on a high in these sailing conditions and looking forward to finishing before Monday.