2008 Day 4

Boat IRC Finish Elapsed Corrected Net
Kelpie 0.978 15:02:56 4:02:56 3:57:35 1.0
Lutine 0.988 15:09:52 4:09:52 4:06:52 2.0
The Lady Anne 1.164 14:33:22 3:33:22 4:08:22 3.0
Mariquita 1.250 14:19:53 3:19:53 4:09:51 4.0
Mariette of 1915 1.225 14:25:16 3:25:16 4:11:27 5.0
Altair 1.181 14:43:20 3:43:20 4:23:45 6.0
Adix 1.444 15:09:04 4:09:04 5:59:39 7.0


Weather: Clear
Wind: WSW 3
Sea state: Calm
Visibility: Good

A full fleet racing again today including The Lady Anne, Adix, Mariette, Mariquita, Altair, Lutine and Kelpie. The Cup still up for grabs with multiple contenders.

The Start
Altair, Mariette and Mariquita in close quarters at the one minute hooter, with Lutine causing a few problems transiting the start line on port tack. Mariquita was over the line first followed by Lutine and Kelpie. Altair and Mariette were having a fantastic match racing battle on the windward leg. Mariette was forced to dip by Mariquita who certainly had the best approach to mark cutting inside the tanker anchored in the Falmouth Bay, ‘Osios David II’. Adix under full sail hugged the coastline towards the Helford River entrance and The Lady Anne was holding her own amongst the larger yachts.

Mariquita was first round the mark sailing very well under the helm of Jim Thom, profiting on the calmer sea conditions. The Lady Anne approached the mark on port and was forced to come behind Mariette to make it round third. Altair was fourth round the mark followed by Kelpie and Adix.

Mid Race
The spinnaker leg towards St Anthony’s Lighthouse resulted in no change for the front four and Lutine, Kelpie and Adix were bunched at the back of the fleet. Altair followed a different strategy to the rest of the fleet at the mark and headed inshore. Mariquita increased her lead sailing really well heading towards Gerans with a goosewinged poled bowsprit spinnaker. Kelpie tacked inside Adix at the mark having her best race yet, whereas Altair lost a lot of ground with the inshore strategy now at the back of the fleet.

Mariette pushed hard to try and catch Mariquita on the downwind leg and they both rounded the mark at the same time with Mariquita having to give water. All the yachts followed the coastline back up towards St Anthony’s Lighthouse and Mariquita was able to extend her lead. Kelpie was equally having a superb race and was keeping her lead over Lutine and Adix. Altair was able to pick off the back of the fleet to move into fourth place but was some way off the front three.

Final Leg
Mariquita commanded a strong lead at the final mark with Mariette and The Lady Anne contesting third place. The line was set opposite Swanpool and Gyllyngvase Beach and Mariquita came through to claim line honours. Mariette was next in followed by The Lady Anne who returned fire on the Committee boat with her race cannon. Altair was fourth having a bad day, whereas Kelpie’s fifth slot was good enough for her to earn her overall victory.

Day four results left it all open for the Champagne day on the water.