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RC44 Portoroz Cup - CEEREF saves the day

 
At the half way stage of the RC44 Portoroz Cup Team CEEREF holds a three point lead overall.

In 12 knot winds and lumpy sea, Nico Poons and Charisma claimed the first race of day 2, with second going to John Bassadone and Peninsula Petroleum.

After a break to repair collision damage between Aleph Racing and Team Nika, race 5 got underway and it was Chris Bake's Team Aqua, winning the pin.

They benefitted supremely out on the left side and coming in on the port layline, Team Aqua rounded the top mark 80m ahead. Team Aqua became the first boat to claim two race wins here in Slovenia.

A giant rain cloud, complete with lightning display over the land, played havoc with the breeze which disappeared soon after race two.

The fleet was sent ashore, but they didn't stay there long as an easterly breeze filled in enabling a third race to held in lighter, flat conditions.

In this Igor Lah's Team CEEREF led around the top mark, but a significant right shift enabled Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis Racing to reach the leeward gate ahead.

The race was then shortened at the top mark by which time Team CEEREF had regained the lead, Artemis Racing taking second.

RC44 Portoroz Cup - Overall ranking after 6 races

1st Team CEEREF (11) Igor Lah 17 pts
2nd Team Aqua (25) Chris Bake 20 pts
3rd Peninsula Petroleum (22) John Bassadone 25 pts
4th Charisma (15) Nico Poons 27 pts
5th Team Nika (10) Vladimir Prosikhin 27 pts
6th Aleph Racing (17) Hugues Lepic 27 pts
7th Artemis Racing (26) Torbjörn Törnqvist 27 pts

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