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Fast Lines Half Ton Classics Cup in Cowes - Races 5 & 6

by Pit de Jonge 18 Aug 11:57 BST 14-19 August 2022

Exactly at the scheduled time, the RORC's race committee fired the gun, yesterday, for the fifth race of the Fast Lines Half Ton Cup in Cowes. The weather conditions remained rather undefined, with light winds and thunderstorm threats, and quite some current to deal with.

In the last minute before the start of the first leg, a group fighting at the pin end: Halfajet, Checkmate XV, Secrets, Harmony, General Tapioca and Ballerine. The group would not relinquish the lead, with a few shifts. For example, Ballerine rounded the leeward buoy almost first, but the newly assembled team lost places afterwards because of the experimental routine. However, in leg 6 they did finish 7th, thanks to another headsail that made her point 5 degrees closer to the wind.

For the second race, the course was shifted by almost thirty degrees. At the first start, Swuzzlebubble started first, by shooting under the starting boat Ocean One at the right time. But it was clearly a general recall with the current pushing the fleet over the line too much. However, they had been warned. At the second start the fleet stayed much further away, with Swuzzlebubble getting caught up in the group that wanted to stay under the starting boat and can only sail itself free after the start, clearly to the wrong side of the track.

Once again, Halfajet and Harmony moved to the lead, hot on the heels of Secrets (team Christopher Agar GBR5395) and Quokka 9 (team Peter Rutter GBR8185).

In the rear, the Half Moon of the Norwegian Martin Kamperhaug team sailed with full dedication to keep up with the pack. The small team has received some reinforcement, but is struggling with an unknown boat.

The Half Ton Class honours two winners of yesterday's races

Yesterday, in the fifth and sixth heats (W/L), both the IRL1484 Harmony (team John Swan) and the FRA8444 Halfajet (team Ronan Treussart) seemed to have found their pace. The conditions were mostly light, with little wave action. Both sailed first and second. So they share the HTCC day prize.

Harmony leads the general ranking with one point less than Halfajet. IRL809 King One (team Patrick Boardman) is third.

Results after 6 Races:

PosSail NoBoat NameBoat TyleOwnerHandicapR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1IRL1484HarmonyHalf Ton HumphreysJohn Swan0.951334.561213.5
2FRA8444HalfajetHalf TonnerRonan Treussart0.941424.552114.5
3IRL8094King OneHalf TonnerPatrick Boardman0.951143281118
4KZ3494SwuzzlebubbleHalf TonnerDavid and James Dwyer0.964911411823
5GBR8185Quokka 9Half TonnerPeter Rutter0.947211873424
6IRL2016Checkmate XVMg Hs 30David Cullen0.948752371024
7GBR108Hullabaloo XVHustler 32 F/rDavid Evans0.9194911110529
8GBR5395SecretsMg Hs30 Mod AppendChristopher Agar0.947579115329
9GBR5384SuperheroHalf Ton AndrieuToni Stoschek/Janne Tulokas0.954613784631
10GBR5261ChimpHalf TonnerRoger Marino0.924886961537
11BEL7548Général TapiocaHalf TonnerPhilippe Pilate0.955136101391651
12FRA9130BallerineHalf TonnerBert Janssen0.9411012151013752
13BEL1633Farther BruinHalf TonnerJan‑jakob Muyls0.9061616121212961
14GBR4080TCrakajaxX 95Richard Hollis0.90515101315161467
15BEL503North Sea 3Half TonnerBernard Coppens D'Eeckenbrugge0.94912141414151367
16GBR5391SojournerMg Hs30 Mod KeelCressida Robson0.93211171718141271
17BEL 680Half MoonHalf TonnerMartin Kamperhaug0.92917151616171781

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