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Aguila and Anchor Challenge fight back

But Peter Morton's Bullit is still ahead at the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup

Tuesday June 26th 2012, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom

While the weather may have been overcast on day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup the fleet most definitely was not and the 30 teams enjoyed three more stunning races. It was a day of high drama in every sense with constant parry and thrust on the race course and the black flagging of four of the top ten boats in race six. With the discard not coming into play until a seventh race has been sailed the black flags hit the overall results hard. Those affected were Rickard Melander's Alice II, Rob Gray's Blackfun, George Kenefick's Tiger and Louise Morton's Espada, all of whom are ranked in the top ten.
Man of the match today was without doubt George Andreadis sailing Atalanti IV, the only boat in the fleet still in her original ownership. George brought all his years of hard earned knowledge to bear on today's changeable conditions and added 3, 9, 2.5 to his scorecard to move up from eleventh to sixth overall. Aboard Aquila Sam Laidlaw was back at the helm, but proved he was more than capable of building on John Greenwood's solid start of yesterday as he put a pair of 7s and a 5 onto their results sheet and in doing so crept up two places into second overall.

The Irish teams had another great day with Ian Travers & Eamon Rohan's Per Elisa and Diamund Foley's Anchor Challenge, being helmed this week by Paul Gibbons, both putting in solid results. Per Elisa won race 4, stumbled with a 14th in race 5, but came back with a fifth in race six to move up from ninth overall to fifth. Anchor Challenge struggled in the first race finishing twenty-first but then won races five and six which shunts them from fifth to third overall, six points behind Aguila.

Overnight leader Peter Morton aboard Bullit found the lighter conditions far from his liking and after finishing 11th and eighth in races 4 and 5 he must have been a relieved man when so many of his closest competitors were black flagged at the start of race six. Bullit enjoyed the slightly stronger breeze and finished fourth on corrected to retain the overall lead by seven points from Aguila. Despite being among those black flagged in race six, Rickard Melander's Alice still had a very good day with a second and sixth joining the BFD on their card ensuring that they only dropped down the overall ranking by two places and now lie fourth, nine points behind Anchor Challenge. Without the BFD Alice II is the only boat carrying an all top ten score and would be second behind Bullit, so they will be eager to get the seventh race completed tomorrow so they can discard the BFD.

Three final races are scheduled for tomorrow with a final warning signal time of 14.30 and a forecast for around 6-8 knots from the southwest.

Race By Race

Racing was initially slightly delayed as the Race Committee waited for breeze but it wasn't long before the wind had settled at around 6 knots from the southeast and after an initial general recall the fleet got away cleanly in race 4. The lighter airs kept the fleet closely bunched and at every mark there was plenty of drama to keep the spectators and cameramen entertained. Race four went to Per Elisa which beat Alice by 43 seconds. The lighter airs also favoured Atalanti IV who's crew sailed a very confident race to take third by four seconds from Pinguin Playboy, owned by Pierre Paris. Overnight leader Peter Morton's Bullit had a shocker of a race finishing in 11th, three seconds behind wife Louise in Espada.

Race 5 featured two very impressive performances. The first was by Anchor Challenge, formerly owned by Peter Morton, which got a nice start and was looking in good shape by the middle of the first beat. They led the fleet around the course and despite constant attack they managed to win by six seconds from Tiger with Darren Marston's Cote 16 seconds further back in third and Graydon Dawson's Diamond another five seconds adrift in fourth. The second hugely impressive performance came from Espada which was called OCS at the start and had to return back across the line. The fleet had written them off so when they popped up mid-fleet at the weather mark there were plenty of surprised faces. With the bit between their teeth Espada's crew, which includes British Olympian Stuart Childerley calling tactics, clawed their way back through the pack and went onto finish fifth, just two seconds behind Diamond and three seconds ahead of Alice II. Bullit's performance improved a little and they finished in eighth.

As the boats crossed the line in race 5 the wind was dropping and starting to back and Rob Lamb and his Race Committee wisely decided to wait until it settled before attempting to start race six. After a lengthy delay and a move of race course up on to the Bramble Bank the wind filled in from around 245° at 8 knots. It took three attempts to get the eager fleet underway and the Race Committee was eventually forced to dust off the black flag catching out Espada, Blackfun, Alice II and Tiger in the process.

Once underway it soon became clear this was to be the bloodiest battle of the regatta so far with virtually every boat looking capable of making it to the podium at some point. Eventually the top eight boats were separated by less than a minute on corrected time. Anchor Challenge again headed the fleet, no doubt giving Peter Morton cause to wonder why he sold her in the first place! Atalanti IV shone again and Jason and Dominic Losty's Illes Pitiuses made a nice recovery after a lackluster performance in the earlier races. The increase in breeze also suited Bullit and this pack went around the race course constantly trading places. On the line the stopwatches were out as everyone tried to calculate the results, but it was so close that it wasn't until they were back ashore that the crews could confirm that Anchor Challenge had won by two seconds from Atalanti IV and Illes Pitiuses who finished simultaneously on corrected. Bullit was five further seconds back in fourth, four seconds ahead of Aquila, with Per Elisa sixth and Willy McNeil and Mike Pascall's Illegal Immigrant seventh.

Corinthian Division

In the all amateur Corinthian Division defending champion Tiger and her young crew led by George Kenefick (ably assisted by the not so young Mike Budd), leads the fleet with five first places and a black flag. The battle for second is tied between Paul Kelsey's Runaway Bus and Richard and Anna Thomas's Sergeant Pepper, both stalwarts of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup, who each count eleven points, putting them six points behind Tiger. Eric William's delightful little Love In A Mist, the smallest boat in the fleet is fourth with Ken Lawless & Sybil McCormack's Supernova fifth, Paul Colton's Cri-Cri sixth and Lucy Wood and Tara Stone's Rum Bleu seventh.

Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Gala Dinner

This evening the crews will enjoy the traditional Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Gala Dinner at which the after dinner speaker will be multiple record breaking offshore sailor Brian Thompson. Competitors will be joined by friends and fellow Quarter Ton enthusiasts including double Olympic Gold Medallist Shirley Robertson.

Full results

Pos Sail No Boat Helm Hcap R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot
1 FRA 7891 Bullit Peter Morton 0.903 1 1 2 11 8 4 27
2 GBR 8414R Aguila Sam Laidlaw 0.902 2 3 10 7 7 5 34
3 IRL 3087 Anchor Challenge Diamund Foley 0.913 6 5 6 21 1 1 40
4 SWE 7744 Alice II Rickard Melander 0.906 3 4 3 2 6 31/BFD 49
5 IRL 12296 Per Elisa Ian Travers & Eamon Rohan 0.905 5 12 13 1 14 6 51
6 GRE 49 Atalanti IV George Andreadis 0.912 13 9 15 3 9 2.5 51.5
7 ESP 3090 Cote Darren Marston & Olly Ophaus 0.906 7 6 8 23 3 10 57
8 IRL 999999 Tiger George & Neil Kenefick 0.907 9 8 4 9 2 31/BFD 63
9 NZL 3311 Blackfun Rob Gray 0.912 10 2 1 5 15 31/BFD 64
10 GBR 50R Espada Louise Morton 0.903 4 14 7 10 5 31/BFD 71
11 GBR 6498 Diamond Graydon Dawson 0.898 15 16 17 8 4 13 73
12 IRL 1392 Illes Pitiuses Jason & Dominic Losty 0.903 16 10 5 24.5 21 2.5 79
13 GBR 5414R Great Bear IV Graham & Victoria Hetherington 0.905 22 18 9 6 17 8 80
14 FRA 9371 Menace D Morland, T Rees & J Morland 0.89 8 19 19 20 13 9 88
15 GBR 8700R Phoenix Welch, Fulford, Manser & Fleming 0.905 12 15 18 18 10 16 89
16 GBR 902R Whiskers I Southworth & L Pritchard 0.902 20 7 16 14 23 11 91
17 GBR 7055 Runaway Bus Paul Kelsey 0.893 18 20 21 12.5 12 12 95.5
18 GBR 501 Illegal Immigrant Willy McNeill & Mike Pascall 0.903 11 21 20 19 18 7 96
19 GBR 6084 Sergeant Pepper Richard & Anna Thomas 0.887 17 17 22 16 11 15 98
20 FRA 12130 Pinguin Playboy Pierre Paris 0.901 23 24 13 4 21 14 99
21 GBR 7063 Love in a Mist Eric & Philip Williams  0.851 21 13 11 12.5 24 18 99.5
22 GBR 1479R Flashheart Rich Thoroughgood 0.888 14 11 13 22 21 19 100
23 IRL 7500 Supernova Ken Lawless & Sybil McCormack 0.871 19 22 23 17 16 17 114
24 GBR 7557 Innuendo Barry Byham 0.911 24 23 24 15 19 31/DNS 136
25 GBR 502 Catch Me Olivia Chenevix-Trench 0.909 25 25 25 24.5 25 20 144.5
26 I 8709 Cri-Cri Paul Colton 0.909 26 31/DNF 31/DNC 26 26 21 161
27 GBR 7300 Qtpi Matt Greenfield 0.872 27 26 31/DNF 27 27 24 162
28 GBR 2736R Joker E White, J Byrne & J White 0.893 29 28 26 30 28 22 163
29 GBR 6262 Rum Bleu Lucy Wood & Tara Stone 0.86 28 27 27 29 29 25 165
30 NED 2969 Freres-sur-mer Theo Bakker & Andre Bakker 0.876 31/BFD 31/DNS 31/DNS 28 30 23 174

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