An excitable fleet (perhaps a little too eager for the off) lined up and race two of the Championship series got underway with a black flag start following a general recall. Ruairidh SCOTT (GBR) in Team Volvo settled in to his stride on the left hand side of the racetrack and was first to the windward mark from where he then proceeded to lead the 53 boat fleet through to the finish. Glen DARDEN from the USA in Red Sky Glide worked his way up from fifth place to second and Kevin SPROUL (GBR) in Silva Dream Machine took third place.
Race three also commenced with the black flag flying high but it was the star spangled banner of Red Sky Glide which lead round the first mark. This is a strong fleet and conditions today taxed the best tactical minds in the class. A twitchy race, more frustrating for some than others, saw the lead change a number of times but at the finish the boys and girls in the Swedish Team SBAB of Mikael LINDQUIST took the honours with Team Volvo second and Roger GERRISH and Peter BLACKLER (GBR) third in Aqua J.
The late afternoon sunshine apparently had a calming effect on the competing teams and following a clean start another Swedish sailor, Michael SUNDELIN sailing Tyra, lead from the off. In fact the first three boats did not change places at all and at the finish it was Tyra first, Team Volvo second and Silva Dream Machine third.
With four races sailed and another three planned for today, only three points separate the first three boats in the 2005 Silva J/80 World Championship. Thanks to their bullets in race three, Team SBAB lead with 16 points, Silva Dream Machine have 18 and Team Volvo have 19.
Close and exciting racing has been the order of the day so far, with the start proving vital in all the races to date as Team Volvo skipper SCOTT explained, 'I have an awesome tactician in Ben FIELD. He works hard to get us off the start line and then the whole beat is about finding the right lanes and clear air.'
The fleet are hoping for a little more breeze today and if all goes to plan, three races will be sailed outside the estuary in the bay.
Top Ten After Four Races
|1||SWE||Team SBAB||Mikael LINDQUIST||6||4||1||5||16|
|2||GBR||Silva Dream Machine||Kevin SPROUL||7||3||5||3||18|
|5||USA||Red Sky Glide||Glenn DARDEN||12||2||4||20||38|
|6||GER||Needles and Pins||Peter HECHT-ULRICH MUENKER||2||21||12||13||48|
|8||GBR||RYA Volvo Keelboat||Gemma FRIER||11||10||27||8||56|
|10||GBR||Swan Song||Peter CHESTER||22||18||16||11||67|