2008 Day 5

Boat IRC Finish Elapsed Corrected Net
Altair 1.181 14:53:25 2:23:25 2:49:23 1.0
Mariette of 1915 1.225 14:56:36 2:26:36 2:59:35 2.0
Lutine 0.988 15:40:48 3:10:48 3:08:31 3.0
Mariquita 1.250 15:14:34 2:44:34 3:25:43 4.0
Adix 1.444 14:54:03 2:24:03 3:28:00 5.0


Weather: Showers
Wind: SW 6 to 7
Sea state: Rough
Visibility: Poor

With very strong winds, the start on the final day was delayed by one hour to 12:00 and Kelpie and The Lady Anne decided not to sail. The crew of The Lady Anne joined Adix to support her through these tough conditions. The three yachts with a chance to secure the Pendennis Cup on the final day were Altair, Mariette and Lutine. An exciting end to the Cup would be decided over the next couple of hours.

The Start
Preparation for the start of the race was difficult with heavy swell and strong gusts. Mariquita set her sails in the harbour whereas Altair, Mariette, Adix and Lutine had to cope in the Falmouth Bay. Adix with a full crew enjoyed the challenging conditions and looked spectacular on the water. The course was set as a simple triangle, with three circuits required before the finish near Pendennis Point.

Altair and Mariette were jostling for position during the lead up to the gun with Adix achieving great boat speed. On the gun, Altair had the better angle on the mark and was able to just avoid the rocks and round in one tack, just ahead of Adix who had taken a route closer to shore. Mariette was not far behind the front two followed by Mariquita and Lutine. The short legs made it difficult for Adix to catch Altair who was sailing very well on the final day and had the Pendennis Cup in sight.

Second Leg
On the second leg of the triangle, the fore mainsail of Mariette was damaged forcing her to sail with a reduced canvas. Altair and Adix battled for the lead, Adix gaining ground on the downwind legs. Mariquita and Lutine braved the tough conditions but were unable to keep with the front three.

Altair held off Adix up to the line to claim victory and the Pendennis Cup. Mariettte came in third followed by Mariquita and Lutine. The last day produced some exciting racing but it was certainly a day on the water ideal for the three schooners.