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Musto Vice Admiral's Cup - Day 1

With up to four frenetic races there was plenty of action for the 56 competitors taking part in Friday's opening round of the 2013 Musto Vice Admiral's Cup being hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes. The three-day event features seven classes, ranging from the SB20s at one end of the spectrum, all the way to the TP52s at the other. The smaller boats managed three races whilst the larger boats pushed through and went for a fourth.

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Class 0, for the 50-52 footers, was an all TP52 affair and Tony Langley's Weapon of Choice, Keith Mills 5 West and Johnny Vincent's Pace enjoyed fantastic racing with each boat claiming a victory. Weapon of Choice was the only boat to claim two wins, in races one and two, and as a result now leads the class by a single point from 5 West.

Class 1, for the 44-46 footers, featured three Farr 45s and was equally close. This time Jeff Blue's Expresso Martin was the boat that claimed races one and two and they followed this up with a third and second to lead the fleet overall by two points. Stewart Whithead's Rebel and Ash Holmes' Kolga won a race each and tonight the boats are tied on 9 points with Kolga claiming second place on count back despite scoring an OCS in race two.

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Class 3s six J/111s proved to be a three way battle between James Arnell's Jeez Louise, David and Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream and Duncan McDonald & Phil Thomas's Shmokin' Joe.

Class 6, for the 39-43 footers, was the final group on the big boat course and with only two entries it was more a case of match racing than fleet racing. Mark Lloyd's Mills 43 Chaos took on Andrew Pearce's Ker 40 Magnum III but could only gain the upper hand in the final race of the day. As a result Magnum III goes into day two with a two-point lead over Chaos.

Class 4 featured thirteen J/109s with a different winner for each of their three races. First to show was David Richard's Jumping Jellyfish who claimed race one and went on to add a third and a fourth to their scoreline to take the overall lead with eight points.

As usual some of the closest racing of all was to be found among the revival Quarter Ton Class which attracted fifteen entries. After their dead heat for second in race one Aquila went on to take two more seconds giving them the overall lead with 6.5 points, a point and a half ahead of Whiskers.

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The SB20 fleet have the largest entry of all the classes at sixteen boats. Race one went to Scott Graham's Chill Pill + but they couldn't maintain their supremacy and it was the Llewellyn/Wakefield/Virgus partnership aboard Henri-Lloyd/Forelle Estates that charged through to win races two and three and take the overall lead by a single point from Chill Pill +.

Fiona Brown
18 May 2013 9:50 GMT


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