Three races completed today with strong results for Irish Cruiser Racing Association team; light winds set to continue for weekend.
As the Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup regained it’s racing programme at Cowes today, Team Ireland emerged with a strong 99.5 point advantage over nearest challenger, defending title holders Britain Red.
Three windward-leeward courses were sailed in testing conditions and heat that reached 30 degrees celsius on The Solent. The breeze rarely exceeded 8 knots and an ebb tide of up to 2.5 knots crossed the course area.
Both Marc Glimcher’s Catapult and Quokka 8 chartered by Michael Boyd and Niall Dowling has their best results to date with both crews scoring second places in the 27-strong fleet. Catapult has been engaged in a constant battle with rival Ker 40 Cutting Edge for Britain Red, the lowest scoring boat of the series so far.
While Ireland has a comfortable lead in the event that started on Sunday, two races remain in the schedule both of which have bonus points.
A race around the Isle of Wight is planned to start at 1000 tomorrow morning though doubts are widespread that this can be completed with a north-easterly airflow expected to create a wind-shadow to the south. A points multiplier of 1.5x applies to this race.
A short inshore race, probably a windward-leeward is planned for Saturday morning which is double-scoring to round off the event. The four races sailed to date constitute a series in the event of weather preventing further racing.
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