Vice Admiral's Cup - Final day to the wire

The final day of racing at the Vice Admiral's Cup saw further intense racing

The Quarter Tonners went into the final day with only 1.5 points separating the first three boats. And finished with all three tied on 19.5 points.

With Aguila having won three races in the series, Laidlaw took the overall win, with Louise Morton's Bullet second and Southworth and Whiskers third.

With four boats almost level rating, the Performance 40s also saw tight racing, with four boats taking race wins and every boat in the fleet scoring at least one podium result across the eight races.

This left Roger Bowden's King 40 Nifty going into the final race with a three-point advantage over Michael Blair's King 40 Cobra.

The two boats sailed down the fleet, with Nifty fifth on corrected time. Cobra finished nearly a minute ahead, but still corrected out to fourth, leaving Nifty as overall winner.

Last year's winner in the Diam 24 trimaran class, Ricardo Pavoncelli's Gaetana 3, again emerged victorious.

However, he was pushed hard, particularly by Piers Hugh Smith's Team Maverick, which won three of the last four races and ended the event only two points behind the Italian boat.

Jon Hutching's 3 Wise Monkeys also posted a consistent series to finish two points in third behind Smith.

In the J/109 class Simon Perry's Jiraffe dominated the early part of the regatta, winning the first three races.

On Sunday Jiraffe went on to win the last race, finishing the series on nine points, with Jubilee second on 15 and David Richards' Jumping Jellyfish third on 23 points.

John Pollard's Xcellent stamped his authority on the SB20 class, which held its Southern Area Championship at the regatta. Pollard won six of the eight races and discarded a third.

Second overall was Richard McAdam's Breaking Bod, who won two races and counted a podium score in all but one race. Third was Tom Clay's Whyaduck.

There were three different race winners in the HP30 class, but Malcolm Wootton's Farr 30 Pegasus Dekmarx was always close to the front.

The strength of the competition in this fleet is such that, even in the race he discarded, his third place was only 13 seconds behind the winner on corrected time. He added a first and a second place Sunday to end the series four points ahead of Glyn Locke's Farr 280 Toucan.

Anyone looking at the overall results might assume that Martin Dent's J/111 Jelvis had an easy ride to victory, thanks to his six race wins. However the scoreboard belies the effort that went into those results.

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