Hutchinson fighting hard in Mallorca

Defending champion Terry Hutchinson was again being made to work hard in the TP52 class on the second day of its world championship regatta in Mallorca today. In the absence of an Emirates Team New Zealand, which took the Audi MedCup crown away from him this year, the American from Annapolis added a third place and a sixth in Quantum to a first and fifth on the opening day.

But he lost his overall lead to the second-placed boat in the second race, the Swedish yacht Artemis, which was equal on points but ahead on countback of the King of Spain's Bribon.

Quantum, which engineered a brilliant start in the second race only to find itself squeezed out at the first mark and dumped temporarily to last, is one point behind in third.

The top British boat Cristabella slipped from third to fifth with compatriot Weapon of Choice firmly lodged ninth in the 10-boat fleet.

The breeze was again tricky to read, but at least had enough strength at 12 knots to push these powerful boats along a seven-mile course, two legs upwind, two down, and keep crews busy and tacticians on their toes.

In the first race of the day, a tussle at the top eventually went the way of Torbjorn Tornqvist's Artemis from Bribon and Hutchinson.

Britain's Cristabella, with Tim Powell on the helm and John Cutler as tactician, were sixth, and the debutant Tony Langley's Weapon of Choice was ninth by just 12 seconds from the Argentinian yacht Matador, which had led at the first mark despite being stung by an overnight disqualification from race two.

Matador, like Artemis a new boat this season, then showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the fleet to win the second race, but remains seventh overall.

Next year Britain's America's Cup challenger Team Origin, led by Sir keith Mills and skippered by triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie joins the circuit.

In Bermuda, the reigning match race tour world champion Ian Williams and Team Pindar made it safely to the quarter finals in a breezy Argo Gold Cup. Ben Ainslie's Team Origin was also leading group three in the round-robin knockout stage

Rod Carr is to be succeeded as chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association by Sarah Treseder when he retires in March next year. Treseder, who is managing director of a "private luxury events company" is expected to reinforce the commercial exploitation elements of a national governing body which looks after everything from recreational boating inland, coastal and offshore to managing one of the UK's most successful Olympic squads.

RYA chairman Richard Langford said: "Her appointment, I believe, will bring an exciting new dimension to the RYA and to the marine leisure sector."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most