Geoff ROSS has made it four wins out of five in the IMS division of the Rolex Trophy in his new 52 foot Yendys as light winds and uncomfortable 2 metre seas offshore continued to hamper the fleet on the second day of the three day series.
In a faultless display of collected, professional sailing when these conditions seemed to unsettle many of her rivals, Yendys finished nearly four minutes ahead of second placed Nips N Tux (Howard de Torres) on corrected time, with Ichi Ban (Matt Allen) placed third in the IMS Division.
In the IRC Division, though, Ichi Ban continued her winning ways, notching up her third Divisional win of the series so far. Nips N Tux came in a close second in the division, followed by Game Set, skippered by Townsville yachtsman Wayne Millar. Yendys has nominated only for the IMS division although eligible yachts may enter both IMS and IRC.
For Skandia, Grant Wharington's 98 foot super maxi it was business as usual, crossing the line first for the fifth time in as many races. However, this time her margin was not enough to prevent five smaller yachts heading her in the IRC division on corrected time.
In the Farr 40 Division Champion American skipper James Richardson has at last found his way back into winning mode aboard Barking Mad after a disappointing days sailing yesterday, with a 47 second win over Steve O'Rourke's Panther.
With a little over half of the series sailed Yendy's and Ichi Ban have consolidated healthy leads in the overall series point score, with Yendys 10 points ahead of Ragamuffin (Syd Fischer) in IMS and Ichi Ban leading Skandia by 11 points in the IRC division.