Top of The Gulf Regatta - Sensational start for Easy Tiger Racing

Top of the Gulf Regatta 2012 - The Ferret
Guy Nowell/Top of the Gulf
In the 2012 Top of The Gulf Regatta, The Ferret powered by Easy Tiger Racing had a cracker of a day clocking up a third and a bullet in the highly contested one design Platu class.

In 15 knots of breeze Nataya, skippered by Rolf Heemskerk got off to a strong start with a first in Race 1 followed by Short Time, skippered by Ian Short and The Ferret powered by Easy Tiger Racing, skippered by Chris Way in third.

In Race 2, The Ferret lead off the start line and dominated in gusting conditions that peaked at 25 knots between rain squalls and lumpy sees to claim victory from Nataya in second and Naiad, skippered by Chai Weiguo in third.

'We had a solid day today. We got a third in the first race after our main halyard let go which cost us dearly but we managed to recover well with a bullet in the second, the 20 nautical mile long race, which we led from start to finish. We are currently in second place overall on four points behind Rolf,' The Ferret's Skipper Chris Way said.

Rolf Heemskerk on Nataya is leading with a 1, 2 and tomorrow's schedule is for three more windward/leeward races which the rest of the series will consist of.

'Rolf is very good and we've beaten him before in races, but we need to stay consistently ahead throughout the regatta. It certainly doesn't help when your main comes down a foot on the first beat. Today the brains trust onboard was a well-oiled team.'

Young Tiger and mainsheet hand Tom Spithill said the second race today was a real highlight.

'We got a good start and led the fleet to the desirable left hand side of the track and Pete Winter picked a good layline. We led the fleet around the top mark and sailed a course that involved reaching around an island to the finish line. It was a bit of a soldiers course - but suited us because we were in the lead,' Spithill said.

Platu 25 Coronation Cup Results

 Overall Results
 
Bow
Sail
Nation
Boat
Skipper
Total
Race One
Race Two
1
14
131
 
Nataya
Rolf Heemskerk
3
1
2
2
13
124
AUS
The Ferret
Chris Way
4
3
1
3
4
109
AUS
Short Time
Ian Short
8
2
6
4
6
114
JPN
Puma
Nobuyuki Kawanishi
8
4
4
5
7
116
THA
Naiad
Chai Weiguo
9
6
3
6
9
118
AUS
118
Fraser Johnston
13
8
5
7
15
257
THA
Pine Pacific
Ithinai Yingsiri
15
7
8
8
10
120
GBR
the Weasel
Tim Browne
18
11
7
9
3
108
 
Wikki
SMU 2
19
9
10
10
2
107
THA
107
YRAT
21
5
16 DNF
11
5
112
 
Magic Dragon
SMU 1 Shaun Toh
22
10
12
12
12
122
THA
One Two Two
Simon Piff
23
14
9
13
1
103
 
Ying
Alex Audibert
23
12
11
14
11
121
 
Motornet
Fererico Sandoval
27
13
14
15
8
117
THA
Stingray
Dylan Whitcraft
28
15
13


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