by Fiona Brown
The penultimate day of the 2012 Dragon Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Belfast Harbour brought big winds and big changes in the overall leader board.
Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2012
There was just one race to complete so the committee set a full two-mile beat and with the wind gusting up into the high 20s it was to be a day that would truly sort the men from the boys. This fifth race in the series also brought the single discard into play and as a result there were major gains and losses with several of the early favourites dropping out of serious contention whilst others jumped up the rankings.
The man who made the biggest gain of the day was Simon Brien who went from second overall, ten points behind Julia Bailey, to first overall with a nice but not unassailable nine point lead over fellow Irishman Martin Byrne, who discarded a 39th place in favour of today's eighth to scoot up from ninth into second. Tonight reigning Edinburgh Cup Champion Brien was relieved to still be in contention to defend his title at all. On the start line he was caught up in a major incident caused by another boat and ended up rounding the first mark back in 25th place before fighting his way back up through the fleet.
There are now only four points separating second to fifth and technically any of the top eight boats could still win the regatta. Lawrie Smith finished the race in fourth and moves up into third overall, just two points behind Byrne. A single point behind him is Jens Rathsack who makes an even bigger leap up the scoreboard from 12th to fourth thanks to adding a sixth and discarding an OCS.
For Julia Bailey it was definitely not a good day. She did her best to recover from a lousy start but ended up getting her worst result of the series at 22nd place and drops down from first to fifth overall, one point behind Rathsack. Gavia Wilkinson-Cox put in another very solid performance to finish fifth, but the discards did not work in her favour so she drops from third to sixth overall.
Today's race winner was double Olympic Gold Medallist Poul Richard Hoj-Jensen who took control off the line and never gave a moment's though to relinquishing it as he delighted in the stronger conditions. His win puts him in seventh place overall, four points behind Wilkinson-Cox, and still in with a slim chance of claiming a record equalling sixth Edinburgh Cup title. Andrew Craig is the final player still in with a long shot at the laurels. His ninth place in race five leaves him four points behind Hoj-Jensen but 24 points behind Brien. Rounding out the top ten are Cameron Good and Klaus Diederichs who clearly loved the stronger winds and crossed the line in second place after a spectacular tousle amongst the leading pack.
One final race remains to be sailed tomorrow and with a forecast for lighter winds it remains anyone's championship.
With the championship race completed it was the turn of the crews to take the helm in the traditional Edinburgh Cup crews race which proved to be every bit as cut throat and exciting. One or two of the regular helms found themselves a bit disconcerted to be on the bow in well over 20 knots of breeze but the crews showed no mercy. Henry Kingston sailing Cameron Good's Little Fella was the ultimate victor although he was challenged hard by 11-year-old Will Heritage sailing Julia and Graham Bailey's Aimee. Ross Vaughan sailing Gordon Patterson's Bear took third with Guy Clarabut in Jono Ratnage's Fit Chick hard on his heels. Will Heritage was declared the very deserving winner of the special prize for young helms Under 30.
International Dragon Class - Edinburgh Cup 2012 Sponsored by Belfast Harbour at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club Provisional results after race 5 - Following Redress hearing Overall Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 45, Scoring system: Appendix A
|1st||27c||KIN||214 IRL||Simon Brien||RNIYC||4.0||(26.0)||3.0||1.0||3.0||11.0|
|2nd||32||JAGUAR||201 IRL||Martin Byrne||RSTGYC||8.0||3.0||1.0||(39.0)||8.0||20.0|
|3rd||38||ALFIE||763 GBR||Lawrie Smith||Glandore||11.0||2.0||5.0||(26.0)||4.0||22.0|
|4th||29||JEANIE||2 MON||Rathsack Jens||MYC||2.0||6.0||(46.0 OCS)||9.0||6.0||23.0|
|5th||11c||AIMEE||720 GBR||Julia Bailey||RYS||1.0||1.0||20.0||2.0||(22.0)||24.0|
|6th||18||JERBOA||761 GBR||Gavia Wilkinson-Cox||RCYC||12.0||(13.0)||9.0||4.0||5.0||30.0|
|7th||36||DANISH BLUE||775 GBR||Poul Hoj-Jensen||RYS||7.0||(19.0)||4.0||19.0||1.0||31.0|
|8th||26||CHIMAERA||216 IRL||Andrew Craig||RSTGYC||18.0||(46.0 BFD)||2.0||6.0||9.0||35.0|
|9th||41||LITTLE FELLA||211 IRL||Cameron Good||Kinsale||3.0||(21.0)||18.0||3.0||12.0||36.0|
|10th||16||FEVER||758 GBR||Klaus Diederichs||RORC||(29.0)||7.0||6.0||24.0||2.0||39.0|
|11th||2c||SEABIRD||204 IRL||Owen Pay||RCYC||10.0||4.0||10.0||15.0||(28.0)||39.0|
|12th||17||HANDS OFF||760 GBR||Mike Holmes||RCYC||5.0||15.0||(37.0)||8.0||11.0||39.0|
|13th||6||FEI-LIN'S FLIRTATION||633 GBR||Ron James||RFYC||(16.0)||10.0||7.0||10.5 RDG||16.0||43.5|
|14th||10c||NEREID||717 GBR||Patrick Gifford||ALDERBURGH YC||6.0||16.0||8.0||22.0||(24.0)||52.0|
|15th||46c||PHANTOM||176 IRL||Ruan O'Tiarnaigh||RNIYC/RStG||9.0||18.0||21.0||5.0||(46.0 DNF)||53.0|
|16th||9||RUMOURS||708 GBR||Quentin Strauss||UPPER THAMES SC||14.0||17.0||(28.0)||7.0||20.0||58.0|
|17th||12c||AVALANCHE||722 GBR||Mark Wade||RCYC||19.0||(30.0)||16.0||12.0||13.0||60.0|
|18th||45c||DUBLIN BAY||198 IRL||Garry Treacy||RStG||(35.0)||8.0||22.0||21.0||10.0||61.0|
|19th||35||COOL RUNNINGS||748 GBR||Thorkild Juncker||RORC||25.0||20.0||(26.0)||13.0||7.0||65.0|
|20th||24c||DIVA||210 IRL||Don O'Donoghue||RSTG||32.0||5.0||11.0||(37.0)||21.0||69.0|
|21st||20||QUICKSILVER V||766 GBR||Robert Campbell||RCYC||(27.0)||9.0||23.0||23.0||23.0||78.0|
|22nd||21||DARK & STORMY||768 GBR||Christopher Hunt||RYS||17.0||(32.0)||12.0||31.0||19.0||79.0|
|23rd||25||CLOUD||206 IRL||Clare Hogan||RSTGYC||20.0||(46.0 BFD)||14.0||18.0||27.0||79.0|
|24th||42c||HYBRASIL||197 IRL||Peter O'Reilly||RStG||(31.0)||23.0||15.0||20.0||26.0||84.0|
|25th||5||MERLIN||622 GBR||Robert Riddell||SCYC||22.0||24.0||24.0||(42.0)||15.0||85.0|
|26th||19c||NAIAD||764 GBR||Michael Hayles||AYC||21.0||12.0||(39.0)||29.0||25.0||87.0|
|27th||47c||APHRODITE||110 IRL||Michael Doorly||RStG||24.0||22.0||19.0||(33.0)||24.5 RDG||89.5|
|28th||13c||WHIMSEY||206 AUS||Gordon Ingate||RSYS||30.0||(31.0)||30.0||14.0||17.0||91.0|
|29th||28c||YEVIS II||50 JPN||Boccia A Aayama||Enoshima YC||26.0||11.0||31.0||25.0||(34.0)||93.0|
|30th||15c||SCIMITAR||755 GBR||Julian Sowry||MYC||(46.0 OCS)||29.0||34.0||17.0||14.0||94.0|
|31st||14c||FIT CHICK||753 GBR||Jono Ratnage||MEDWAY YC||36.0||25.0||13.0||27.0||(38.0)||101.0|
|32nd||22||EVE||150 IRL||Ean Pugh||MONACO||15.0||(34.0)||29.0||30.0||29.0||103.0|
|33rd||30||WHISPER||213 IRL||Michael Cotter||RSTGYC||28.0||(46.0 BFD)||27.0||10.5 RDG||39.0||104.5|
|34th||3c||SOU'WESTER||436 GBR||John Simms||RUYC||23.0||33.0||(40.0)||35.0||18.0||109.0|
|35th||31c||BEAR||767 GBR||Gordon Patterson||RNIYC||(41.0)||27.0||38.0||16.0||30.0||111.0|
|36th||23c||TENACIOUS||157 IRL||Anthony O'Neill||KYC||13.0||36.0||25.0||(41.0)||41.0||115.0|
|37th||44C||GITANE||699 GBR||James Peters||SCYC||38.0||(46.0 BFD)||17.0||34.0||31.0||120.0|
|38th||7c||BLUE MOVIE||690 GBR||David Atkinson||SUNDERLAND YC||(46.0 OCS)||14.0||36.0||32.0||40.0||122.0|
|39th||39C||ZU||159 IRL||Chris Fleming||RStG||34.0||(46.0 BFD)||33.0||28.0||32.0||127.0|
|40th||8c||GANADOR||704 GBR||Martin Makey||RCYC||33.0||28.0||35.0||(36.0)||33.0||129.0|
|41st||40c||PHORMALLY PHANTOM||655 GBR||Chris Thomas||SCYC||37.0||37.0||32.0||(38.0)||36.0||142.0|
|42nd||1C||VALANGA||210 AUS||Sandy Anderson||RFBYC||(42.0)||35.0||42.0||40.0||37.0||154.0|
|43rd||33c||GREY HARE||19 IRL||Shaun Kingston||KYC||39.0||(46.0 BFD)||43.0||44.0||35.0||161.0|
|44th||4c||AMAZON||557 GBR||Graham Price||ABERSOCH||40.0||38.0||41.0||(43.0)||43.0||162.0|
|45th||43c||ATALANTA||508 GBR||George Davis||SCYC||43.0||(46.0 BFD)||46.0 OCS||45.0||42.0||176.0|