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FAST40 Race Circuit Final Round 5 - Girls on Film

Peter Morton's Carkeek 40+ Girls on Film took second in the final round of the FAST40+ Circuit, enough to win the 2016 FAST40+ Race Circuit.

Alex Mills at the helm of KER40+ Invictus was the winner of the FAST40+ Round 5, scoring four wins out of six races and securing the team second place overall for the season.

Mike Bartholomew's Carkeek 42 Tokoloshe failed to make the podium for the regatta, but consistency throughout the season was rewarded with third place overall for the South African skipper.

Round 5 was held as part of the Hamble River Sailing Club's Winter Series and consisted of six races, over 8-9 October, with windward leeward and round the cans races.

The points factor for the series was 1.5 and with the discard rule only kicking in for the last race, Round 5 went to the wire.

A gentle but shifting north easterly breeze tested the tactical awareness of crews.

On the second day, brilliant sunshine and an accelerated wind speed, produced superb sailing conditions in the Solent.

Seven of the ten yachts made the podium during Round 5, testament to the level of competition that has emerged from the class.

Mark Rijkse's Reichel Pugh 42 South, nailed Race 3 to score their first bullet.

Steve Cowie's Botin/Carkeek 42 came within seconds of scoring their first win in Race 3 and also Race 5. The Scottish team nailed the pin end in the penultimate race to lead the fleet for much of the race.

There were podium finished for Jonny Vincent's KER40+ Pace and Tony Dickin's Farr 42 Jubilee.

However the outstanding performance came from a new team to the circuit, Heinz Peter Schmidt young German team racing Felci 42, Silva Neo, which scored three podium finishes to claim third for the regatta.

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