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Vice Admiral's Cup - Day 1 Results

A long wait for a sea breeze gave way to a glorious afternoon of close racing in the Vice Admiral's Cup.

It was a day of super-close racing, especially for the smaller boats. After three races the top three HP30s were all tied on six points, and the Quarter Ton class had only three seconds separating places two through five in their final race.

In the HP30 class, Malcolm Wootton's Farr 30 Pegasus Dekmarx , Glyn Locke's higher-rated Farr 280 Toucan and another 280, Jamie Rankin's Pandemonium, finished the day tied on six points.

In the Perfomance 40, Nifty the King40 of Emily Bowden-eyre, is tied on points with Thomas Kneen's Sunrise, with third Michael Blair's King 40 Cobra after two races.

Catrina Southworth's Whiskers won the first race in the Quarter Ton class, and added a 3, 2, to lead overall from Julian Metherell's Bullit, with Tony Hayward's Blackfun in third.

Diam 24 trimarans - Click image for a larger image

In the Diam 24 trimarans Riccardo Pavoncelli's Gaetana 3 won both races to lead overall with Phil Cotton's Buzz and Jon Hutchings' 3 Wise Monkeys tied on five points.

The J/109 fleet saw, Simon Perry's Jiraffe win both races, with Christopher Preston's Jubilee second in both and David Richards' Jumping Jellyfish third.

Martin Dent's Jelvis prevailed in the J/111, also winning both races. Second is Hans Zwijnenburg's Sweeny and third Cornel Riklin's Jitterbug.

John Pollard's Xcellent SB20 - Click image for a larger image

In the SB20 class, which is holding its Southern Area Championship at the Vice Admiral's Cup, John Pollard's Xcellent took the first two races, but Richard McAdam's Breaking Bad beat him by two seconds in the third.

At the end of the day they are on four and six points respectively, while Charles Sheppard's Sharc and Tom Clay's Whyaduck are tied on 10 points.

Racing continues over the weekend, with four similarly short, sharp and intense races scheduled for Saturday.

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