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The first day of the Prince Philip Cup held out of Metung Yacht Club on Gippsland Lakes in Victoria started calm but after several postponements, race 1 got away in a 12 knot south-southeasterly breeze. Most of the fleet headed left but there were a few that went to the right in anticipation of a cold front and their call was correct. A big change filled in from the right to the great advantage of the boats on that side. By this time winds were gusting to over 20 knots. Penny Farthing (GBR600) was positioned the best and had a good lead at the top mark, which her crew of skipper Robert Campbell, Trish Ford and Tim Cummins from RFBYC, easily maintained to the finish. Second was the first of the internationals Wild Rose (NZL7), Tim Smith, Fred Haes and Marcus Sill. Adios III (AUS193), Graeme Aldersea, James Aldersea and John Warren were travelling quickly for third.
The wind was still up by the start of Race 2 but gradually decreased to about 12 - 15 knots by the end. The pin end was the place to be and Riga (AUS219) Sandy Anderson, John Moncrieff and Stephan Eyssautier from RFBYC in WA, gained control of this position to get off the line but in the end it was Adios III and Whimsical, (AUS217) Gordon Ingate, David Giles and Amy Walsh who were slightly below Riga on the subsequent port tack, who gained the advantage to lead at the top mark. A close run saw these boats and Wild Rose jostling for position, but in the end it was Whimsical and Adios III, who had kept further left downwind, rounding the leeward mark first from Riga, Wild Rose and a quickly closing Penny Farthing. Things got very interesting up the final work with Adios III and Riga playing the shifts out to the left and Whimsical opting to go-it-alone to the right. The boats to the left looked on-the-money until a late shift gave Whimsical the all important break at the top mark which allowed her to run to victory followed by Adios III and Riga, with Penny Farthing a close fourth.
So overall Adios III and Penny Farthing are tied on 5 points with Wild Rose and Whimsical tied on 7 points just behind. Lighter winds building to about 18 knots are forecast for tomorrow. (Wednesday).
Full results: http://www.metungyachtclub.com.au/resul ... /SGrp3.htm
Edited by Jonny Fullerton on behalf of WA Dragon Class Association