Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2012 - Big winds, big changes

Dragon Edinburgh Cup 2012
The penultimate day of the 2012 Dragon Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Belfast Harbour brought big winds and big changes in the overall leader board.

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.

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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.

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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.

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  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
1st27cKIN214 IRLSimon BrienRNIYC4.0(26.0)
2nd32JAGUAR201 IRLMartin ByrneRSTGYC8.03.01.0(39.0)8.020.0
3rd38ALFIE763 GBRLawrie SmithGlandore11.02.05.0(26.0)4.022.0
4th29JEANIE2 MONRathsack JensMYC2.06.0(46.0 OCS)
5th11cAIMEE720 GBRJulia BaileyRYS1.
6th18JERBOA761 GBRGavia Wilkinson-CoxRCYC12.0(13.0)
7th36DANISH BLUE775 GBRPoul Hoj-JensenRYS7.0(19.0)
8th26CHIMAERA216 IRLAndrew CraigRSTGYC18.0(46.0 BFD)
9th41LITTLE FELLA211 IRLCameron GoodKinsale3.0(21.0)
10th16FEVER758 GBRKlaus DiederichsRORC(29.0)
11th2cSEABIRD204 IRLOwen PayRCYC10.
12th17HANDS OFF760 GBRMike HolmesRCYC5.015.0(37.0)
13th6FEI-LIN'S FLIRTATION633 GBRRon JamesRFYC(16.0) RDG16.043.5
14th10cNEREID717 GBRPatrick GiffordALDERBURGH YC6.
15th46cPHANTOM176 IRLRuan O'TiarnaighRNIYC/RStG9. DNF)53.0
16th9RUMOURS708 GBRQuentin StraussUPPER THAMES SC14.017.0(28.0)
17th12cAVALANCHE722 GBRMark WadeRCYC19.0(30.0)
18th45cDUBLIN BAY198 IRLGarry TreacyRStG(35.0)
19th35COOL RUNNINGS748 GBRThorkild JunckerRORC25.020.0(26.0)
20th24cDIVA210 IRLDon O'DonoghueRSTG32.05.011.0(37.0)21.069.0
21st20QUICKSILVER V766 GBRRobert CampbellRCYC(27.0)
22nd21DARK & STORMY768 GBRChristopher HuntRYS17.0(32.0)
23rd25CLOUD206 IRLClare HoganRSTGYC20.0(46.0 BFD)
24th42cHYBRASIL197 IRLPeter O'ReillyRStG(31.0)
25th5MERLIN622 GBRRobert RiddellSCYC22.024.024.0(42.0)15.085.0
26th19cNAIAD764 GBRMichael HaylesAYC21.012.0(39.0)
27th47cAPHRODITE110 IRLMichael DoorlyRStG24.022.019.0(33.0)24.5 RDG89.5
28th13cWHIMSEY206 AUSGordon IngateRSYS30.0(31.0)
29th28cYEVIS II50 JPNBoccia A AayamaEnoshima YC26.
30th15cSCIMITAR755 GBRJulian SowryMYC(46.0 OCS)
31st14cFIT CHICK753 GBRJono RatnageMEDWAY YC36.
32nd22EVE150 IRLEan PughMONACO15.0(34.0)
33rd30WHISPER213 IRLMichael CotterRSTGYC28.0(46.0 BFD)27.010.5 RDG39.0104.5
34th3cSOU'WESTER436 GBRJohn SimmsRUYC23.033.0(40.0)35.018.0109.0
35th31cBEAR767 GBRGordon PattersonRNIYC(41.0)
36th23cTENACIOUS157 IRLAnthony O'NeillKYC13.036.025.0(41.0)41.0115.0
37th44CGITANE699 GBRJames PetersSCYC38.0(46.0 BFD)
38th7cBLUE MOVIE690 GBRDavid AtkinsonSUNDERLAND YC(46.0 OCS)
39th39CZU159 IRLChris FlemingRStG34.0(46.0 BFD)
40th8cGANADOR704 GBRMartin MakeyRCYC33.028.035.0(36.0)33.0129.0
41st40cPHORMALLY PHANTOM655 GBRChris ThomasSCYC37.037.032.0(38.0)36.0142.0
42nd1CVALANGA210 AUSSandy AndersonRFBYC(42.0)
43rd33cGREY HARE19 IRLShaun KingstonKYC39.0(46.0 BFD)
44th4cAMAZON557 GBRGraham PriceABERSOCH40.038.041.0(43.0)43.0162.0
45th43cATALANTA508 GBRGeorge DavisSCYC43.0(46.0 BFD)46.0 OCS45.042.0176.0

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