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Peter Morton’s Bullit takes lead at Quarter Ton Cup

Peter Morton’s Bullit was able to discard a seventh now six races of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup have been completed and added a 2, 1, 1 to their scorecard. Crewed by Kelvin Rawlings, Jules Salter, Anthony Haines and Jason Carrington they now lead the overall standings by 1.5 points with Rickard Melander's Alice II second. Willie McNeill and the Illegal Immigrant crew retain third place overall, nine points behind Alice II and three points ahead of Jason and Dominic Losty’s Illes Pitiuses in fourth.

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Day two of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup at Cowes brought stronger winds and some thrilling racing for the 31 competing teams. Quarter Ton racing is always close but today’s three races were particularly tight with fast and furious action at every mark and a few classic IOR broaches to keep the spectators entertained.

Overnight leader Rickard Melander and his team of Fredrik Brotell, James Hynes, David Lenz and Tom Wilson aboard Alice II got off to a great start by winning race four but then struggled to gain traction in race five finishing seventh, their worst result of the regatta so far. They came back strongly in race six with a second but it wasn’t enough to hang onto the lead.

It wasn’t such a good day for Sam Laidlaw’s Aquila. Having gone into the day in fourth they put in a good showing in the first two races with a fourth and a third, but a thirteenth in race six was their worst result of the regatta and they have dropped down into fifth, three points behind Illes Pitiuses and five ahead of Ian Southworth’s Whiskers.

Reigning Coutts Quarter Ton Cup Champion Louise Morton in Espada has been unable to replicate her 2013 form and having gone into the day in fifth overall she has dropped down to eighth, two points behind Whiskers.

In the Corinthian Division Jason and Dominic Losty’s Illes Pitiuses, crewed by Jack Trigger, Adam Munday and Mark Mansfield, continues to lead and has a two point advantage over Pierre Paris’s Pinguin Playboy, crewed by Glen Hiliquin, Basile Geron, Benois Cuchemin and Pascal Rousselin, who in turn has a comfortable eleven point margin on Purple Haze, owned by Phil Cook.

Whilst the leading pair will be hard to pass, the battle for third Corinthian is going to be close with Geoff Gritton’s Panic, the Brady/McCormack & Lawless syndicate’s Cartoon, the Stewart, Young, Smith partnership’s Engima and Bad Toad, owned by Paul Roberts and Jo and Sarah Assael, all still within striking distance of Purple Haze and that final podium position.

Quarter Ton Cup - Overall after 3 Races
1 FRA 7891 Bullit Peter Morton -7 3.5 1 2 1 1 8.5 pts
2 SWE 7744 Alice II Rickard Melander 2 2 3 1 -7 2 10 pts
3 GBR 501 Illegal Immigrant William McNeill -11 1 2 7 4 5 19 pts
4 IRL 1392 Illes Pitiuses Jason & Dominic Losty 1 -17 4 6 6 4 21 pts
5 GBR 8414R Aguila Sam Laidlaw 5 5 7 4 3 -13 24 pts
6 NZL 3311 Blackfun Tony Haywood 6 3.5 -9 8.5 2 9 29 pts
7 GBR 902R Whiskers Ian Southworth 3 16 (34/OCS) 3 5 6 33 pts
8 GBR 50R Espada Louise Morton 4 6 8 -13 9 8 35 pts
9 ESP 3090 Cote Rob Gray 9 8 -14.5 5 8 7 37 pts
10 FRA 12130 Pinguin Playboy Pierre Paris -15 10 5 10 11 3 39 pts
11 GBR 502 Catch Olivia Dowling 8 9 6 16 -17 16 55 pts
12 GBR 222R Per Elisa Richard Fleck 13 11 -23 14 12 18 68 pts
13 FRA 9371 Menace T Rees, D & J Morland 16 -18 10 11 16 17 70 pts
14 GBR 8700R Phoenix Welch, Fulford, Manser & Fleming -19 12 18 15 14 11 70 pts
15 IRL 3087 Anchor Challenge Diarmuid Foley 17 7 22 12 13 -23 71 pts
16 HKG 2133 Sai Kung Belle Jamie McWilliam 10 15 (34/OCS) 17 18 15 75 pts
17 GBR 5414R Great Bear IV Graham Hetherington 14 13.5 16 19 -20 19 81.5 pts
18 GBR 7259Y Magnum Evolution Eric Reynolds 12 25 12.5 (34/DNF) 21 14 84.5 pts
19 GBR 7055 Runaway Bus Tom Hill 18 19 17 18 15 -20 87 pts
20 GBR 1479R Flashheart M Webb, J & G Webb & T Bailey -28 24 24 21 10 12 91 pts
21 GBR 7299 Panic Geoff Gritton -30 28 26 8.5 19 10 91.5 pts
22 GBR 7070 Purple Haze Phil Cook 20 20 12.5 -29 23 21 96.5 pts
23 GBR 7775R Bullet Howard Sellars 22 22 11 20 (34/DNS) 22 97 pts
24 FRA 9186 Cartoon Brady, McCormack & Lawless 21 21 14.5 24 -26 24 104.5 pts
25 IRL 8164 Enigma R Stewart, N Young & S Smith 24 13.5 20 25 24 (34/DNF) 106.5 pts
26 GBR 9827 Bad Toad Paul Roberts & Jo & Sarah Assael -27 23 21 23 22 25 114 pts
27 GBR 2736R Joker Edward White 26 -27 19 22 25 26 118 pts
28 NED 3925 The Itch Berry Aarts 25 -30 27 28 27 27 134 pts
29 I 8709 Cri-Cri Paul Colton 23 26 25 27 (34/DNS) 34/DNS 135 pts
30 GBR 6262 Rum Bleu Lucy Wood & Tara Stone 29 29 28 26 (34/DNF) 34/DNS 146 pts
31 GBR 3431L Doom Bar Ian Gibbs 31 31 (34/DNF) 34/DNF 34/DNS 28 158 pts
32= GBR 7557 Innuendo Roger Swinney (34/DNC) 34/DNC 34/DNC 34/DNC 34/DNC 34/DNC 170 pts
32= GBR 7063 Love in a Mist Eric Williams (34/DNC) 34/DNC 34/DNC 34/DNC 34/DNC 34/DNC 170 pts

Quarter Ton Cup - Corinthian Top Three After 3 Races
1. IRL1392 Illes Pitiuses – Jason and Dominic Losty – 1, (3), 1, 1, 1, 2 = 6 pts
2. FRA12130 Pinguin Playboy – Pierre Paris – 2, 1, 2, (3), 2, 1 = 8
3. GBR7070 Purple Haze – Phil Cook – 3, 3, 3, (8), 5, 4 = 19

27 June 2014 7:11 GMT


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