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Half Ton Classics Cup - Swuzzlebubble wins third title

Phil Plumtree’s Swuzzlebubble won the Euro Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup at Kinsale, Ireland with just Friday’s eleventh race remaining.

A breezy penultimate day ended with a short coastal course in which the British boat placed fifth but was still good enough to confirm the overall win.

Their nearest challengers were second placed David Cullen on Checkmate XV and Nigel Biggs on Checkmate XVIII.

The regatta now returns to what had been suspected all week given Swuzzlebubble’s pre-event favourite status after two previous titles: that the series is a battle for second place.

Cullen’s lead over his Checkmate’s former owner is just 1.5 points and a make or break final race could be all the opportunity Biggs needs to push his newly launched Checkmate XVIII ahead of his friend and take the first runner-up place.

As has been the case all week the forecast for Friday morning is for near gales, but with a possible weather window to allow for an earlier starting-time of 09:55 for a one hour windward-leeward course.

Elsewhere in the fleet, Mike and Ritchie Evans’ The Big Picture is assured of fourth overall, ahead of class president Philipe Pilate on General Tapioca.

The third host country boat - all three hail from Howth - in the top six has a battle to keep the standing as Jonny Swan holds a slim 0.75 point lead over seventh placed Paul Pullen on Miss Whiplash.

EURO Car Parks Half Ton Classics Cup 2017 after Day 4 and 10 races (21 entries)

1. Swuzzlebubble Phil Plumtree (UK)
2. Checkmate XV Dave Cullen (Ireland)
3. Checkmate XVIII Nigel Biggs (UK)
4. The Big Picture Michael & Richard Evans (Ireland)
5. General Tapioca Philippe Pilate (Belgium)
6. Harmony Jonny Swan (Ireland)

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