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Day 3 of the Prince Philip Cup at Metung YC in Victoria
Racing was brought forward from the lay day on Thursday due to an adverse weather forecast for Friday and Saturday when 2 races are scheduled. For the first race of the day a building Easterly breeze ranging from 15 to 18 knots at the start, built throughout the race with gusts over 22 knots by the end. A short nasty sea as Geoff Totterdell (Shapes) from RFBYC in Perth, leapt out of the blocks from the middle of the start line and never got challenged the whole way around the course, a great race for Geoff in his new boat. Charlie Johnson with son Matt and grandson Luke, sailed to a magnificent 2nd place in Ghost. The generations working together in harmony, Ghost was second in the Victorian State Championships with same crew combination!
Rob Hammond sailing WA based boat Linnea was third with Matty Whitnall from RSYS in Magic 4th. Penny Farthing, (Rob Campbell) Riga, (Sandy Anderson), Whimsical (Gordon Ingate) and Adios (Graham Aldersea) were back in the fleet at 7th, 8th, 9th & 11th consecutively. This would become their discard after the next race.
Race 6 delivered a steady 18 - 22 knots from the East with overcast skies and a very lumpy sea. A longer course with an upwind finish. Ray Chatfield’s Wizzardry from RFBYC in Perth was a clear leader at the top mark followed by Rob Campbell’s Penny Farthing and Gordon Ingate in Whimsical.
On the challenging run Whimsical surged during the last part to close the gap. Penny Farthing did not have a good drop and lost a couple of places. Whimsical held on for the win closely followed by Wizzardry. Penny Farthing went to the right and came back to finish 3rd just ahead of Riga, Shapes and Riga.
After 6 races the drop came into play leaving Whimsical leading by 2 points over Penny Farthing, Adios in third. Fingers crossed the weather front goes through on Friday so there can be racing on Saturday where the start time has been brought forward to 1000hrs.
There was a great drinks party at the Commodores house overlooking the bay. Complete with bagpipes and great view! And lots of alcohol and great company.
By Jonny Fullerton on behalf of WA Dragon Association