Zennstrom and Peckham stay at front in trophy hunt
Monday 04 August 2008
A clutch of regular winners swept aside the early bleak conditions on the second day of Skandia Cowes Week to add more victories yesterday to those of the opening day on Saturday. A clutch of regular winners swept aside the early bleak conditions for the second day of Skandia Cowes Week to add victories again yesterday to the opening day on Saturday.
Among them, the husband and wife duo of Graham and Julia Bailey won in their separate classes, Graham in the Etchells, Julia in the Dragon, while Liz and Chris Savage were a whopping 3min 19sec ahead of their nearest rivals in the J80 class.
In the bigger boats, Niklas Zennstrom's TP52 Ran added the Sorcery Trophy to the Queen's Cup he had won on the opening day and Giles Peckham continued his winning streak, two of them in his normal boat, a Daring, after winning the champion of champions race in a Laser SB3.
Conditions were slightly easier at 18 to 23 knots, but Peter Williams driving the quarter-ton Runaway Bus was badly holed when he wiped out in front of Richard and Anna Thomas' Sgt. Pepper. No-one was hurt except the boat, which made it safely back as the inshore RNLI stood by.
After some frantic overnight repair work, 10 of the 11 Extreme 40s made it back to the track for the second day but Aqua, helmed by Alister Richardson, remained in the sick bay after being one of four that capsized on a gusty Saturday and also losing its rig. Survival skills were again as important as tactics.
Of the two BMW Oracle boats, Franck Cammas was able to exchange his boat with a broken beam for a spare owned by the Ellen MacArthur Trust, allowing him to hand over his undamaged rig to Australian team-mate James Spithill.
Rob Greenhalgh was able to continue with his Team Origin and the overnight leader, Alinghi, skippered by Ed Baird, with four wins and three seconds in nine starts, continued to set the pace.
As Voltaire once said, “Ice cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal”
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