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Panerai British Classic Week - Ladies Day

The sun returned on day three of Panerai British Classic Week where the fleets completed race five of the series, followed by the traditional Ladies Race.

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It was the turn of the ladies to take the helm for the traditional Panerai British Classic Week Ladies’ Race.

A building spring ebb meant the race committee kept the fleet close to Cowes for some furious short course racing.

With midwife Rosie Parks on the helm, ably supported by Christine Belgrano, Mia Austen, Emma Cheesham, Giovanni Belgrano and Crawford, Whooper once again proved she’s a winner.

Class 3 continues to be the most closely fought of the regatta. Wednesday Michael Briggs’ Mikado beat second placed Cereste, owned by Jonathan and Scilla Dyke, by over four minutes.

Cereste in turn beat third place Laughing Gull, owned by Barney Sandeman, by just four seconds, so that in the overall standings Cereste leads Mikado by two points with Tim Yetman’s Suvretta in third.

Irvine Laidlaw’s Oui Fling took her fourth bullet of the regatta and now leads Class 1 by four points from Sean McMillan’s Flight of Ufford, who had finished second in the race.

Michael Hough’s Chloe Giselle beat David Gryll’s Helen of Durgan in race five, but in the overall standings Helen of Durgan now lies third and Chloe Giselle fourth.

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The battle between Richard Matthew’s Scorpio and Simon Payne’s Damian B continues to rage in Class 4.

The lighter conditions worked in Scorpio’s favour and she beat Damian B by almost two minutes with John Mulcahy’s Estrella third. Overall Scorpio has regained the lead by three points from Damian B, with Estrella and Rufus Gilday’s Venya tied for third

The Metre boats very much appreciated the lighter conditions and both fleets were back out in force.

In the 6 Metres Robin Richardson and his team aboard St Kitts beat Fenton Burgin’s Sioma by just twenty-nine seconds with Tom Richardson’s Thistle third. In the overall standings Sioma’s lead has now been reduced to a single point from Thistle with St Kitts third.

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In the 8 Metres it initially appeared that Murdoch McKillop’s Saskia had won race five from the Earl of Cork and Orrery and David Parson’s Athena with Christopher Courage’s Helen third.

However, on returning ashore Saskia elected to retire following an on the water incident and so the race went to Athena with Helen second.

Despite her retirement Saskia continues to lead the regatta, but her delta is reduced to a single point. Both Helen and Athena count ten points so it’s clear this class is going to go down to the wire as we go into the final two days of the regatta.

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13 July 2017 8:48 GMT


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