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15 October 2005, 03:32 pm
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Corinthian Doors Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 Regatta 2005
Port Stephens, NSW, Australia

Day two of the Corinthian Doors Peppers Anchorage Farr 40 regatta had three different outcomes for the races sailed off Port Stephens, Australia today. The fleet sailed in a moderate swell and a consistent easterly breeze that reached twelve knots, with Lang WALKER having a good day to end tied on first place with yesterday's star Ray ROBERTS.
40Winner of the last race yesterday WALKER's Kokomo decided to continue their winning streak to take the gun in the first race of the day. Overnight leader ROBERTS on Quantum Racing finished in second with the other blue hulled boat in the fleet Panther, skippered by Steve O'ROURKE, catching the perfect wave to surf in front of current Farr 40 World Champion Richard PERINI on Evolution and finish in third place.

'We're enjoying racing with the Australian fleet again and to be doing well in the first regatta of the season,' commented WALKER at the dock. 'Conditions today were tricky and it will all come down to the wire tomorrow. It's great to see the new faces in the Australian fleet which is going from strength to strength.'

Race six of the regatta had a few of the local marine life watching the show from the gate at the bottom mark with the whales letting everyone know they had pole position. Kokomo lead the fleet around the top mark for the first time but at the second top mark rounding Evolution had pulled them back to lead on the second downwind leg and finish in first. Again the race committee were tested on the finish line with Kokomo and David URRY's War Games crossing the line within a second of each other to take third and fourth respectively. Panther managed to squeeze in between Evolution and Kokomo to take second over the line.

As the sun started to take cover in the light cloud cover race seven got underway with the fleet spread evenly across the course on the first upwind leg. PERINI again led around the top mark with Panther and Quantum Racing in close pursuit. Evolution maintained her position and Michael MILNE's Blacksnake manoeuvred into second in front of Panther and Quantum Racing at the bottom mark.

Heading to the finish it was a three horse race with Blacksnake, Evolution and Quantum Racing all in contention for the gun. At the finish line Blacksnake gybed and pipped Evolution at the post by one second with Quantum Racing another second behind Evolution. After a consistent days results Evolution was awarded the Boat of the Day. 'We're happy we're still in touch with the leaders and the racing has been so close. It will make for interesting racing tomorrow,' remarked PERINI.

Racing at Port Stephens wraps up tomorrow, with the Rhodes Waterside Farr 40 regatta at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Pittwater on 28-30 October the next event in the Farr 40 Australian season.

The Farr 40 fleet would like to thank regatta sponsors Corinthian Doors, Peppers Anchorage Port Stephens and Club Marine Insurance.

Sam Crichton (As Amended By ISAF)
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