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Landsail Tyres J-Cup - Biblical Conditions in Tor Bay

Thirty knot squalls inter-dispersed with beautiful sunshine and flat water, produced a testing race course for six classes, competing on Day Two of the 2017 Landsail Tyres J-Cup.

At times the fleet disappeared upwind into the raging tempest, to return downwind, in a halo of bright sunlight.

The bizarre weather tested boat handing skills, and stamina, considering the teams had now completed six races in two days.

For the J/88 UK National Championship, all guns were blazing with three different teams scoring race wins in the feisty conditions.

David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream won the first race of the day by 35 seconds to take the lead in the championship. Paul Ward's Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat, fought back winning Race 5, to regain the lead for the national title.

The last race of the day was won by Tim Tolcher's Rajing Bull, by just 7 seconds. Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat lead the class going into the final day.

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The reigning J/97 UK National Champions, Andy & Annie Howe's Blackjack II, still lead the class after winning two of Friday's races.

However, the competition was hard on their heels. Bob Baker's Royal Lymington team, racing Jaywalker, was North Sails boat of the day, after finishing every race on the podium.

Royal Torbay YC member George Rock-Evans, scored his first National Championship win, and Nick Barlow's Jeopardy II, scored two podium finishes.

For the J/109 UK National Championship, there is a new leader. Steve Berry's Cardiff Bay YC team, racing Blue Jay, scored three keepers Friday, and now lead the championship after discard.

Simon Perry's Jiraffe had a day of ups and downs but two good races means that the Royal Southern YC team retain second place, just a single point off the lead.

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For the J/111 UK National Championship, Paul Van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeney was in scintillating form.

The team from Breskens showed excellent boat handling skills in the brutal conditions to win all three races and take the lead in the championship.

Sjaak Haaman's Dutch team, racing Red Herring, scored well, as did Tony Mack's McFly. The British owner driver was also spotted wearing a pair of frogman's goggles, ripping fun at the wet weather!

In the IRC Class, Chaz Ivill's J/112E Davanti Tyres, helmed by Marie-Claude Heys, has now scored a perfect six bullets, securing the class win with a day to spare.

The battle for second is a very even contest between two J/105s, both from the Royal Lymington YC. Andy Roberts Jin Tonic holds the upper hand, by two points, but failed to finish the last race, William Newton's Jelly Baby is two points behind.

Mike Wallis' J/122 Jamali, scored a 4-4-2 today, to challenge for the podium.

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Louay Habib
19 August 2017 12:20 GMT


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