Wind Now In The North 10 knots

Now the wind had swung back round into the north and it’s blowing at 10 knots. Race Committee are shuffling the marks again in the hope of getting race 8 of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup underway.

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Wind Might Be On Its Way

The wind has suddenly swung round into the SW and we have 7 to 8 knots. The Committee are monitoring and getting marks shuffled round in the hope that it is here to stay. Stand by.

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Waiting for Wind

Having arrived in the race area in a sailable 7 knots the wind has now dropped to sub 4 knots in the Solent and so far no racing has been possible on the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016. As you can see from our photo the boats are only just making way over the tide. To make things worse its started to rain. The race committee is constantly monitoring the wind but with a final start cut off time of 14.30 its not looking promising.

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Welcome To Final Day Of Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016

Good morning and welcome to the final day of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016 in Cowes.  The good news is that we have some wind and the race committee and boats are on the water and preparing for the start of racing at 11.00.  Currently the mark layers are reporting around 7 knots across the race course so fingers crossed we will be underway on time.

We have two final races for you today and with all the fleets remaining to be decided it’s all to play for so stay tuned!

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Correction To Low Rating Report From Day 2

Unfortunately there was an error in the day 2 report regarding the results of the Low Rating Division.  The paragraph should have read:

IMG_7632Piers Hugh Smith and his crew aboard Magnum Evolution are still leading the Low Rating Division and now have a four point lead over Eric William’s Love In A Mist with Flashheart a further eight points back in third. Spider Pig, the lowest rated boat in the regatta, is fourth with Phil Cook’s Purple Haze fifth.

Our apologies to Love In A Mist who was omitted from the report and for the other errors in points reporting.

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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016 – Day 2 Photos

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Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016 – Day 2 Report

IMG_7607After the opening day’s blustery conditions, day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup produced a distinct change of pace.  Racing was initially postponed for two hours to allow the breeze to fill in and when it did it was accompanied by regular bands of squally rain, plenty of wind shifts and a very strong flood tide. It was certainly a day that gave the navigators and tacticians plenty to think about, and with the breeze constantly up and down the trimmers were also on overtime changing gears.

Fortunately, even steely skies and rain can’t dampen the spirits of the Quarter Ton fleet and the 26 boats put on a spectacular display of bow to bow racing over four windward leeward races, races four to seven of the nine race series. After racing Annie Lush, who is trimming aboard Louise Morton’s Bullit, summed up the day perfectly saying “It was a great day’s racing. With the increasingly strong tide, missing even the smallest shift could cost you places and as a result almost every boat in the fleet had a least one moment of glory. With three different race winners and some incredibly close finishes, including three corrected time dead heats, the regatta is still wide open going into the final day.”  Asked for the secret of Bullit’s success Annie was unequivocal; “Tea and cake! The boys all head to the bar after racing, but we love nothing better than a decent cup of tea and some home-made cake. It was lemon drizzle today and it was delicious!”

In the overall standings Bullit continue to lead the regatta by just 1.5 points. After yesterday’s ribbing for broaching five times, Etchells World Champion Oscar Strugstad at the helm of Blackfun clearly had something to prove, putting in the best performance of the day with two wins, a second and a joint fifth (with Richard Fleck’s Per Elisa in race five), and jumping from fifth overall into second. Sam Laidlaw and his Aquila crew also sailed very solidly and although they have dropped from second to third overall, they are only half a point behind Blackfun. Ian Southworth’s Whiskers found the lighter conditions a little less to their liking and drop down one place to fourth overall, 6.5 points behind Aquila. With two further races remaining to sail on the final day the regatta really will go down to the wire.

IMG_7488The Bullit girls may still be leading but they didn’t have it all their own way today. Things got off to a tricky start thanks to an unforced error at the first mark of race four.  They were on the final approach on starboard when Ben Daly helming Cobh Pirate pushed his luck just a little too far and barged into the layline on port.  Louise was forced to avoid a collision and the strong foul tide dragged her back below the layline.  By the time she had extricated herself she had lost five places and went on to finish tenth.  Things looked up in races five and six where they finished second and first respectively, but disaster struck again in race seven.  They opted to start at the pin end of the line, but ran out of runway and hooked the mark so had to release themselves before they could go round again.  Later in the race their jib halyard broke meaning bare headed mark roundings which lost them more valuable time. They finished the race in eleventh place which now becomes their discard.

After an otherwise slightly lacklustre day, including their penalty turns in race four after the incident with Bullit, Cobh Pirate sailed an absolute blinder to win race seven.  They spotted a big shift on the second beat and took full advantage, leapfrogging over the main pack and sailing beautifully consistently to hold their corrected time lead all the way to the finish.

IMG_7876In the Corinthian Division Pierre Paris and his team of Frenchmen aboard Pinguin Playboy added three more first places to their score card, making six out of seven wins so far.  Their only slip up was in race four where they had to be content with a fourth place.  They now lead the Corinthian Division by an impressive 14 points from Simon Smith at the helm of Robbie Stewart’s Hellaby.  Whilst Pinguin Playboy must be feeling fairly confident of victory in the division the battle for the remaining Corinthian podium places will be fierce.  Both on 21 points and just a single point behind Hellaby lie George Webb’s Flashheart and Duke Darge in Phoenix with Rob Mclean’s Spider Pig one further point back in fifith.  This group have enjoyed some fantastic battles already this regatta and so can expect a really good fight for the Corinthian podium too.

Piers Hugh Smith and his crew aboard Magnum Evolution are still leading the Low Rating Division and now have a four point lead over Eric William’s Love In A Mist with Flashheart a further eight points back in third. Spider Pig, the lowest rated boat in the regatta, is fourth with Phil Cook’s Purple Haze fifth.

IMG_7634The forecast for tomorrow’s final day is currently hard to predict.  There will be even stronger foul tide and with the possibility of another late start and very light winds all fingers are crossed that Rob Lamb and his Royal Yacht Squadron Racing team can finish the excellent job they started by delivering the two remaining races.

RESULTS

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Fi Brown’s Online Gallery Now Updated

IMG_7408Press Officer Fi Brown has now been able to get all her photos taken so far uploaded to her online gallery where you can download high res originals for yourself (all images are royalty free for competitors).  Go take a look at www.fionabrown.phanfare.com

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Provisional Overall Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2016 Day 2 Results Now Online

The day 2 Overall results are now online at our Results page.  Louise Morton and Bullit retain their lead by 1.5 points with Oscar Strugstad at the helm of Blackfun moving up into second and Aquila with Sam Laidlaw on the helm in third a further 0.5 points behind Blackfun.  Ian Southworth’s Whiskers has dropped down into fourth.  Full report to follow.

The Corinthian and Low Rating results will be updated shortly.

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Some Great Responses To Our Caption Competition On Sailing Anarchy!

Check out the responses to our photo competition that have come into Sailing Anarch who shared the photo too!  http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=174611&_ga=1.125129482.1092261182.1459422036IMG_7304

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