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21 April 2006, 11:21 am
Getting Down To The Business Side Of Things
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Philippine President's Cup Regatta 2006
Manila, Philippines

A brilliant 15 to 18 knot north easterly greeted the sailors on the third day of racing at the Philippine President's Cup Regatta in Manila, giving the bigger yachts a chance to stretch their legs and keeping the smaller boats hot on their tails.
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Never far of the pace is Judes ECHAUZ's (PHI) Sydney 46 Centennial and Ray ORDOVEZA's (PHI) Excel 53 Karakoa, who have shared the honours so far. This time round it was Centennial by 23 seconds from Karakoa to even up the overall score, with two wins and two seconds apiece. Robert KNIGHT's (HKG) Drumstick came in a close third, which elevates him to third overall for the time being. The two scheduled windward/leeward races on tomorrow's final day will become the deciding factor for the overall podium positions.

In the Cruiser Racer Class Claudio ALTURA's (PHI) J/35 Vivaldi broke George HACKETT's (PHI) J/35 Jo de Ros' stranglehold on the class by a mere three seconds. Five yachts crossed the finish line within a minute of each other after two and a half hours of racing. After handicaps have been applied Allan BURRELL's (GBR) Farr 1104 Rags claimed third spot and sits in third place overall behind the two J/35's.

Russians Wrap Things Up

Although the time difference is coming down and despite prematurely starting, Mikhailov AHEXEY (RUS) on his Farr 43 Carrera scored their third victory in a row. Edwin ALMEDA's (IRL) Yamaha 36 Manta has consistently scored second places to be second overall. This time Peter SHARPE's (NZL) Beneteau First 31.7 Selma/SBYC Sags regained third spot to clamber back into third place overall.

Heading into tomorrow's final day of racing, a duel is expected between the two professional helmsmen - Jamie WILMOT (AUS) on Centennial and Steve BENJAMIN (USA) on Karakoa - to sort out the racing class podium positions. HACKETT will need to have some thing really untoward happen to lose the Cruiser Racer Class and the Russians have sewn up the PY class and kept everyone entertained along the way.

Asian Yachting (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from Manila:© Asian Yachting
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