Overnight leader Richard PERINI finished race four in the series in fourth after pulling back seven boats. Current World Champion Jim RICHARDSON, who led the fleet round the track, took the gun ahead of Steve and Fred HOWE's Warpath. Hasso PLATTNER's Morning Glory and David URRY's War Games had to make penalty turns at the top mark during the first race.
Race two had the breeze drop out and the race committee had to shorten the course to accommodate the shift. Warpath had lead the fleet around the track until they miscalculated a manoeuvre which allowed New Zealand's Venom skippered by Brett NEILL to get past them and win the race from Barking Mad.
Barking Mad's first and third places today has moved them into first place overall with the Italian team of Nerone, being skippered by Mark HEELEY for this regatta, maintaining their second place. Perini's Evolution slipped back to third after a fourth and twelfth places today. 'We managed to pull Warpath back and the second has helped our cause' commented Richardson.
After waiting to see what the conditions would provide the race committee decided to abandon racing for the day and sent the fleet home. The committee had been advised of a severe weather warning and the breeze had become unpredictable.
Top Ten After Five Races
|Pos||Yacht Name||Nation||Owner||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Points|
|1||Barking Mad||USA 50995||Jim Richardson||12||5||2||1||2||22|
|2||Nerone||ITA 1972||Mezzaroma/sodo Migliori||1||3||9||3||7||23|
|3||Evolution||AUS 6422||Richard Perini||6||1||1||4||12||24|
|5||War Path||USA69||Steve and Fred Howe||9||2||11||2||16||40|
|6||Ichi Ban||6038||Matt Allen||5||7||10||8||13||43|
|7||Team Shockwave||5077||Neville Crichton||8||12||20||5||6||51|
|9||Emotional Hooligan||615||Marcus Blackmore||13||4||7||10||21||55|
|9||Morning Glory||GR40101||Hasso Plattner||15||13||12||11||4||55|