Glyn Williams' IC 45 Wolf now leads the 20 boat IRM High Performance Class at Ford Cork Week after posting a pair of hard earned wins around windward-leeward courses today.
Racing in 6-9 knots of breeze which spectacularly turned inside out during the first heat when the land and sea breezes conflicted, Wolf showed both pace and astute tactical sailing to take both wins on offer today and now leads the class by four points from Chris Little's IC45 Bounder.
The first race saw Williams' Wolf first into the best breeze and at the windward turn they were rounding the spreader mark when the second boat was at the weather buoy, heading to what looked like a handsome win, but when the wind switched through the best part of 180 degrees they suffered and only when Bounder and Kit Hobday and Tim Louis' Farr 52 Bear of Britain became involved with each other did Wolf get back through Bounder, winning by only five seconds on corrected time, with Chris Thorne's Mumm 30 Tigger, winner of the week's first race, taking third. Wisely the race officer shortened the course at the gate on the second beat.
With the sea breeze better established in the second heat it was still again a key requirement to get off the start line smartly and into the best strand of pressure. With five boats subsequently OCS'd there was no margin for error. Wolf, with Hyde Sails' Kevin Sproul calling tactics, again was well in with the leading pack on the first round and then as the 50 footers found their way clear, was in undisturbed air to make best use of the regular puffs and shifts, going on to win from Peter Morton's Mills 50 Mandrake which finished nearly a minute and a half behind on corrected time.
" It was a good day and we sailed well. We seemed to have plenty of pace in this breeze and that always makes it a little easier when it comes to placing yourself where you want to be, or getting off the start line." Admitted Williams who bought the boat after chartering her for Cowes Week last year where they finished second in the IRM Class, " I did a lot of racing in the 'States a few years back and it was all in that 6-9knots and I know I sail fast in that. That said Kevin did very well tactically today, but so too we have been working full time on the boat where it was based in the Med for the last few months and now its paying off."
1 IC 45, Wolf (G Williams) 1:26.50,
2 IC 45 Bounder (C Little) 1:27.03,
3 Mumm 30, Tigger (C Thorne) 1:28.48,
4 Race 1/Ker 11.3, Langley Holdings (T Langley) 1:25.05,
5 Race 1/Ker 11.3 I-Site (R Cameron-Davies) 1:29.14.
1 Wolf 2:29.28,
2 Mills 50, Mandrake (P Morton) 2:30.54,
3 Farr 52, Bear of Britain (K Hobday/T Louis) 2:31.14,
4 Bounder 2:33.04,
5 Tigger 2:33.56.
1 Wolf 15pts,
2 Bounder 19pts,
3 Farr 40, Too Steamy (N & A Haigh) 21pts,
4 I-Site 22pts,
5 Farr 52, Team Tonic ( N Hewson) 27pts.