The race conditions were perfect : sunshine and North-West wind blowing between 15 and 20 knots. Atalanti X confirmed her crushing superiority today.
« They have speed, intelligence and success ; they did not make a mistake », according to Stephen Kandler, Faster K-Yote II's owner and crewmember. However in the last race, Hawk showed that the Greek IC 45 was not invincible.
Throughout the day, Hawk stole the show. First of all, a collision with a support boat damaged her - a hole in the bow - just before the first race of the day. Having spent too much time repairing the boat, the English IC 45 missed the start in the following race, which costs them 7 penalty points. Hawk made an official appeal to try to reduce her penalty. At last, Nigel Bramwell's boat came back in Race 5 to put an end to George Andrealis' winning streak. Not forgetting that Nigel Bramwell is the only owner to helm his own boat.
In the middle of these developments, Bounder 's exceptional performance passed almost unnoticed. « It is a game of snakes and ladders, but we manage to make less mistakes thanthe others. » said tactician Craig Mitchell modestly to explain the accuracy of his decisions. In fact it is exceptional for a largely amateur crew to be second in such a top-level regatta, as Stéphane Kandler states : « Onboard Faster K-Yote II, we have people who won the Tour Voile this year. This tells a lot about the level here, in the One Ton Cup. » However, the motivation stays unchanged on the French boat : « There is less and less distance between boats on there water, and this is set to continue. » concludes Stéphane Kandler. Hawk seems to be proving him right.
Provisional results after 5 races:
1 Atalanti X GRE George Andreadis Gavin Brady 1 1 1 1 2 6 pts
2 Bounder ENG Chris Little Jeremy Robinson 4 2 3 2 4 15 pts
3 Babbalaas WAL David McLean Ben Ainslie 2 6 2 3 3 16 pts
4 Hawk ENG Nigel Bramwell Nigel Bramwell 3 3 6 DNS 1 20 pts
5 Faster K-Yote II FRA Stéphane Kandler Laurent Delage 5 4 4 4 5 22 pts
6 Faster K-Yote I GER Ortwin Kandler Dawn Riley 6 5 5 5 6 27 pts