While the race was held in glorious sunshine, Principle Race Officer Jack ROY was forced by light winds to delay setting his course and wait some two hours for the breeze to pick up to a gentle 6 knots.
Eventually at 14.30 UCT the 77 boat fleet got cleanly away. A large flotilla of spectator boats watched as Justin BURKE and Alan GREEN led the huge fleet to the first mark. Burke retained command to the second mark but at the completion of the first lap Sean CRAIG had moved ahead.
A fiercely fought battle at close quarters ensued between the top half dozen boats until Sydney Olympic veteran Barry PARKIN and his wife Sue managed to eke out a slender lead they held to the finish line. Parkin had finished 29 in the first race on Sunday - so yesterday's great win was somewhat against form.
For Sean CRAIG and Steven BOYLE the runner up spot puts them firmly back in the hunt after a 25 in the opening race. With all competitors having a single discard this leaves the series wide open - with Craig, Donleavy and Burke firmly in the frame for a first ever Irish victory at the Flying Fifteen World Championship.
Third place yesterday went to F15 International class president Roger PALMER crewed by his wife Barbara. The pairing had doubted whether they could start the event at all - after Barbara injured her leg and needed stitches in the Pre World's last week.
The light airs of the last two days have benefited the lighter crews - and have not suited Gerry DONLEAVY and Ciaran CRUMMEY or John LAVERY and David O'BRIEN who finished 20 and 39 yesterday respectively.
Top Ten After Two Races
|1||GBR||Mike HART, Richard RIGG||1||7||13|
|2||GBR||Roger PALMER, Barbara PALMER||12||3||23.7|
|3||GBR||A TATTERSALL, T SMART||5||10||26|
|4||IRL||Justin BURKE, Alan GREENE||10||6||27.7|
|5||GBR||Steve GOACHER, Phil EVANS||4||17||31|
|6||IRL||Gerry DONLEAVY, Ciaran CRUMMEY||3||20||31.7|
|7||AUS||Ashley SMITH, Kym THUMPKIN||2||23||32|
|8||IRL||Sean CRAIG, Stephen BOYLE||25||2||34|
|9||GBR||Barry PARKIN, Sue PARKIN||29||1||35|
|10||AUS||Grant ALDERSON, Dean MCAULEY||7||22||41|