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13 June 2001, 11:04 am
Menenes and Island Fling Rule on Day Three of Swan European Regatta
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by Guido Cantini

Swan European Regatta

Island Fling and Menenes scored a first and second place in their respective classes in light and fickle conditions. Both had tacticians of considerable pedigree calling the shots. On board Menenes Olympic Bronze medallist and GBR Challenge designer...
12th June 2001

At the end of Day Three, Jacobite and Menenes are leading their respective classes with Menenes holding fourteen-point advantage in the quest for the overall trophy. At this stage it appears that the Swan European Champion, the yacht with the lowest aggregate score across the two classes, is destined to come from the smaller Swan fleet. Menenes leads the way with 10 points from French entry Saga, whilst both are looking over their shoulder at previous regatta leader Xaossa. Xaossa currently lies in fourth place despite posting a 25th in today's first race, a result that the team are hoping will be their discard at the end of the week.

After a two-hour delay to wait for the wind, the first race of the day got underway in an eight-knot easterly breeze. Crackerjack again led the fleet away having timed the start perfectly. However, it was her arch rival Spirit of Jethou that rounded the windward mark first, the first time that Island Fling has not led around each mark of the race course this week.

On the downwind leg, the wind gods wreaked havoc on the course causing with a 180-degree wind shift turning the run into a beat. The situation benefited the larger Swans as the smaller yachts struggled to cross the finish in the decreasing breeze.

Spirit of Jethou lost line honours by inches to Island Fling, but won the first race on handicap. Island Fling went one better in race two, winning from Jacobite.

In the smaller Swan fleet, it was Menenes who once again led from start to finish. Tactician Jo Richards chose the right hand side of the course on the downwind leg, gybed on the heading breeze and held the wind until 20 yards from the finish to win line honours and on corrected time. With a second place in race 2, Menenes now takes the overall lead in this years Swan European Regatta.

Big boat class
1. Jacobite - 7,3,12,2 - 24 points
2. Island Fling - 8,13,2,1 - 24 points
3. Spirit of Jethou - 2,12,1,10 - 25 points

Small boat class
1. Menenes - 2,5,1,2 - 10 points
2. Saga - 3,1,2,12 - 18 points
3. Sloop John T - 10,14,3,1 - 28 points

Mark Bullingham/News Editor
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