Offshore

Vice Admiral's Cup - Day 2 Tight racing in sparkling conditions

 
The second day of the RORC Vice Admiral's Cup delivered yet more top-notch racing

The faster boats on the Alpha course had four races, predominately on 1.2-mile long windward-leeward courses. There was much shuffling of positions in the Performance 40 fleet.

Emily Bowden-Eyre's King 40 Nifty took two second places plus a win in the penultimate race. This leaves her two points ahead of another King 40, Michael Blair's Cobra, which took three wins, but also has to count a third and fourth.

Sunrise failed to score a podium result in any of today's races, but retains third overall on count back.

The J/109 fleet similarly saw boats yo-yoing up and down the standings.

Simon Perry's Jiraffe, won three races Saturday, with Roger Phillips' Designstar 2 taking the second race winner's gun, fractionally ahead of Jubilee, with Jumping Jellyfish taking another third.

Perry was able to discard his fourth in the final race, but a win for Christopher Preston's Jubilee puts the two boats only two points apart going into the final day.

Martin Dent's Jelvis, the 2016 J/111 world champion, had a commanding start to the regatta, winning both races on the first day.

Saturday he won three races and a second in the other. Hans Zwijnenburg's Sweeny holds a comfortable second place, with a seven-point margin on Chris Jones' Journeymaker ll.

Among the smaller boats, Sam Laidlaw's Quarter Tonner Aguila took an impressive win in the first race of the day in this competitive fleet.

In the next race, Aguila was never challenged for the lead. Illegal took second place, just ahead of three boats that were separated by only four seconds on corrected time - Whiskers, Blackfun and Bullet.

Morton won the final race of the day by a margin of only four seconds on Whiskers. Aguila took third on corrected time, one second ahead of Illegal and Metherell, who tied for fourth place.

This leaves the leaderboard wide open going into the final day, with Whiskers on 11 points, Aguila on 12.5 and Bullet on 13.

The first day of racing for the HP30 class left the top three boats tied on six points.

However, Malcolm Wootton's Farr 30 Pegasus Dekmarx dominated Saturday's results, taking line honours in every race, ahead of the higher-rated Farr 280s.

Two second places for Glyn Locke's Toucan leaves him four points adrift on 10 points, two ahead of third-placed Jamie Rankin's Pandemonium.

John Pollard's SB20 Xcellent, which won two races Friday, continued a successful streak, winning the first race Saturday in convincing style.

He now leads the fleet counting only race wins, though there's a closer battle for second between McAdam and Tom Clay's Whyaduck, who are on 12 and 15 points respectively.

The Diam 24 trimarans saw significantly tighter racing, with the podium of the final race decided by only 38 seconds.

Riccardo Pavoncelli's Gaetana 3 continues to lead overall by a clear margin, but a three-way fight for second place has developed.

Jon Hutchings' 3 Wise Monkeys is second on 13 points, Piers Hugh Smith's Team Maverick has 14 and Matthew Muhlenkamp's Deka 17 points.

With six races now completed in the eight race series, the plan for the final day is for one windward leeward race, followed by a round the buoys race.

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