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Quarter Ton Cup - Aquila retains title

 
Sam Laidlaw on Aquila claims title after second day of the 2018 Revival Quarter Ton Cup

Quarter Ton Cup reigning champion Aquila was by far the best performer of day 2, claiming a 2, 1, 1, 4, score line and an unassailable six-point lead over her nearest rival.

With the forecast for Friday’s final day of racing threatening northerly winds of sub-five knots, Race Officer Rob Lamb wisely elected to run a further four races Thursday.

Races five to eight of the series, leaving just a single race to complete on the final day. A decision universally applauded by the fleet.

At the end of Thursday's racing the series’ single discard came into play and with a discarded worst score of fifth place, this gaves Aguila an unassailable lead over her nearest rival.

Sam Laidlaw’s Aquila and Kieran Hayward’s Black Fun revelled in the new conditions, winning two races apiece.

Also enjoying the challenge was Catrina and Ian Southworth’s Whiskers, Julian Metherell’s Bullit and Barry Cunningham’s Quest, who all claimed top three finishes during the day.

Hayward’s Black Fun won the opening race of the day, but faltered with an eleventh in race six, before coming back with a second and a win. She now sits second overall on 22 points.

Bullet has moved down into third place on 24.5 points, while four further points behind her sits Whiskers on 28.5 points.

Rankings after day 2 and eight races

Sufficient wind for one final race is needed to decide the remaining podium placings Friday.

Overall going into the final race, Pinguin Playboy hangs onto the Corinthian lead by a single point from Hellaby with Olivia Anne VI in third and Joker fourth.

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