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Musto Vice Admiral's Cup - Action aplenty on day 1

by Fiona Brown on 18 May 2013
2013 Musto Vice Admiral’s Cup Day 1 Fiona Brown © http://www.fionabrown.com
The 2013 Musto Vice Admiral’s Cup, hosted by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, is now underway. With up to four frenetic races, there was plenty of action for the 56 competitors taking part in today's opening round in Cowes. The three-day event features seven classes, ranging from the SB20s at one end of the spectrum, all the way to the TP52s at the other.

Race Officers Bob Milner, officiating for the bigger boats, and Robert Lamb, on the small boat course, kept their customer's good and busy with some great windward leeward racing on Central Solent courses in a variable 8-15 knots from the north east. The smaller boats managed three races whilst the larger boats pushed through and went for a fourth.

Class 0, for the 50-52 footers, was an all TP52 affair and Tony Langley's Weapon of Choice, Keith Mills 5 West and Johnny Vincent's Pace enjoyed fantastic racing with each boat claiming a victory. Weapon of Choice was the only boat to claim two wins, in races one and two, and as a result now leads the class by a single point from 5 West. Pace claimed race three and 5 West race four, but overall 5 West takes second with Pace a single point behind in third.


Class 1, for the 44-46 footers, featured three Farr 45s and was equally close. This time Jeff Blue's Expresso Martin was the boat that claimed races one and two and they followed this up with a third and second to lead the fleet overall by two points. Stewart Whithead's Rebel and Ash Holmes' Kolga won a race each and tonight the boats are tied on nine points with Kolga claiming second place on count back despite scoring an OCS in race two.

Class 3s six J/111s proved to be a three way battle between James Arnell's Jeez Louise, David and Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream and Duncan McDonald and Phil Thomas's Shmokin' Joe. The only boat that was able to challenge the trio all day was Tony Mack's McFly who made the podium twice with a second in race two and a third in race four, which put them into fourth overall at the end of the day. With a 1, 3, 3, 1 scoreline it was Jeez Louise that took J/111 of the day by a single point from J-Dream. Shmokin' Joe showed great speed, but a lost protest in the fourth race, which means that although they still hold onto fourth place they are now four points behind J-Dream and only a single point ahead of McFly.

Class 6, for the 39-43 footers, was the final group on the big boat course and with only two entries it was more a case of match racing than fleet racing. Mark Lloyd's Mills 43 Chaos took on Andrew Pearce's Ker 40 Magnum III but could only gain the upper hand in the final race of the day. As a result Magnum III goes into day two with a two-point lead over Chaos.


What the fleets on the small boat course lack in size they more than make up for in numbers. Class 4 featured thirteen J/109s with a different winner for each of their three races. First to show was David Richard's Jumping Jellyfish who claimed race one and went on to add a third and a fourth to their scoreline to take the overall lead with eight points. Andy Johns and David Rolfe's Shadowfax got her regatta off to a slightly wobbly start with a seventh place but won race two and took third in race three to claim second place overall on eleven points. Just one point behind them is Steve and Jody Maine's J2eau who won the final race of the day.

As usual some of the closest racing of all was to be found among the revival Quarter Ton Class which attracted fifteen entries. This fleet always delivers spectacularly close racing and today was no exception with boats finishing neck and neck both on the water and on corrected time in every race. The closest finish of the day was a dead heat for second place in race one between Peter Morton's Bullit and Sam Laidlaw's Aquila. Winner of races one and two was Ian Southworth sailing Whiskers. Sadly for Southy his luck didn't hold in the final race where he finished sixth putting him into second overall. After their dead heat for second in race one Aquila went on to take two more seconds giving them the overall lead with 6.5 points, a point and a half ahead of Whiskers. Peter Morton's wife Louise, sailing Espada, had an excellent day and tonight lies in fourth place just 3.5 points behind her husband who is in third having added a fifth and a third to his card.


The SB20 fleet may be last in our report, but they are by no means least with the largest entry of all the classes at sixteen boats. Race one went to Scott Graham's Chill Pill + but they couldn't maintain their supremacy and it was the Llewellyn/Wakefield/Virgus partnership aboard Henri-Lloyd/Forelle Estates that charged through to win races two and three and take the overall lead by a single point from Chill Pill +. Craig Burlton's Gill Race Team put in a steady opening day and their 2, 3, 6 scoreline gives them eleven points and third overall, four behind Chill Pill +. The top five is completed by Tom Foskett's What Recession? on thirteen points and Jerry Hill's Sportsboatworld.com on 14.

After racing competitors enjoyed the Musto Competitor's Drinks Reception where daily prizes were presented.

The regatta continues until Sunday with up to 12 races scheduled. Tomorrow the wind is forecast to go round into the west at around seven to ten knots with the first warning signals planned for 10.25.



Class 0

Provisional Results 

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Hcap

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Nt Pts

1

GBR 5252R

Weapon of Choice

Tony Langley

1.373

1

1

3

2

7

2

GBR 1851

5 West

Sir Keith Mills

1.381

3

2

2

1

8

3

GBR 528R

Pace

Johnny Vincent

1.372

2

3

1

3

9

           

Class 1

Provisional Results 

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Nt Pts

1

GBR 9160T

Espresso Martini

Jeff Blue

1

1

3

2

7

2

GBR 5955T

Kolga

Ash Holmes

2

4/OCS

2

1

9

3

GBR 8448R

Rebel

Stewart Whitehead

3

2

1

3

9

 

Class 2

Provisional Results

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Nt Pts

1

GBR 5811R

Jeez Louise

James Arnell

1

3

3

1

8

2

GBR 7111L

J-Dream

David & Kirsty Apthorp

2

4

1

2

9

3

GBR 7611R

Shmokin' Joe

Duncan McDonald & Phil Thomas

3

1

2

7/DSQ

13

4

GBR 111N

McFly

Tony Mack

4

2

5

3

14

5

GBR 8711R

Icarus

Andrew Christie

5

6

4

4

19

6

BEL 11111

Djinn

Sebastien de Liedekerke

6

5

6

5

22

 

Class 3

Provisional Results 

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Nt Pts

1

GBR 2709R

Jumping Jellyfish

David Richards

1

3

4

8

2

GBR 7509R

Shadowfax

Andy Johns & David Rolfe

7

1

3

11

3

GBR 9694T

J2eau

Steve & Jody Maine

6

5

1

12

4

GBR 2986L

Jubilee

Tony Dickin

4

2

7

13

5

GBR 1466R

Diamond Jem

Robert Stiles

3

8

5

16

6

GBR 1L

Alice

Alastair Speare-Cole

2

6

9

17

7

GBR 9760R

Stalker

Steven Tapper

5

9

8

22

8

GBR 5109R

Designstar 2

Roger Phillips

11

10

2

23

9

GBR 2L

Jigsaw

Paul James

12

7

6

25

10

GBR 8809R

Inspara

Tor Mclaren

9

4

14/BFD

27

11

GBR 7901R

Basic Instinct

Jonathan Hearth

8

11

10

29

12

GBR 9091R

Juke Box

Chris Copeland

10

12

11

33

13

GBR 6603

Fardonyx

William Edwards

14/DNC

14/DNC

14/DNC

42

 

Class 4

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Hcap

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Nt Pts

1

GBR 8414R

Aguila

Sam Laidlaw

0.901

2.5

2

2

6.5

2

GBR 902R

Whiskers

Ian Southworth

0.899

1

1

6

8

3

FRA 7891

Bullit

Peter Morton

0.905

2.5

5

3

10.5

4

GBR 50R

Espada

Louise Morton

0.905

4

6

4

14

5

ESP 3090

Cote

Rob Gray

0.905

11

7

1

19

6

GBR 501

Illegal Immigrant

Willy McNeill & Mike Pascall

0.901

9

3

7

19

7

SWE 7744

Alice II

Rickard Melander

0.906

5

4

10

19

8

GBR 7259Y

Magnum Evolution

Eric Reynolds

0.866

7

8

5

20

9

GBR 222R

Per Elisa

Richard Fleck

0.904

6

10

8

24

10

GBR 7299

Panic

Geoff Gritton

0.901

8

11

9

28

11

GBR 2736R

Joker

Edward White

0.907

12

9

12

33

12

GBR 7557

Innuendo

Roger Swinney

0.905

10

13

13

36

13

GBR 502

Catch

Olivia Chenevix-Trench

0.913

13

12

11

36

14

GBR 6262

Rum Bleu

Lucy Wood & Tara Stone

0.859

14

14

14

42

15

FRA 9371

Menace

D Morland & T Rees

0.89

16/DNC

16/DNC

16/DNC

48

 

Class 5

Provisional Results 

Class: VAC Class 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Nt Pts

1

GBR 3082

Henri-Lloyd/Forelle Estates

Llewellyn/Wakefield/Virgus

4

1

1

6

2

GBR 3710

Chill Pill +

Scott Graham

1

4

2

7

3

GBR 3042

Gill Race Team

Craig Burlton

2

3

6

11

4

GBR 3510

What Recession?

Tom Foskett

3

7

3

13

5

GBR 3339

Sportsboatworld.com

Jerry Hill

7

2

5

14

6

GBR 3276

Trouble & Strife

Ian Armstrong

11

5

4

20

7

GBR 3096

Red Kite

Roger Harford

8

11

8

27

8

GBR 3291

Stormforce Coaching 1

Doug Innes

6

10

12

28

9

GBR 3547

Trigger

Laurence Cross

10

8

10

28

10

GBR 3106

Whyaduck

Tom Clay

5

17/DNC

7

29

11

GBR 3041

Sharc

Charles Sheppard

9

9

11

29

12

GBR 3362

Polar Bear

Tim Newton

12

13

9

34

13

GBR 3560

Odontoblast

Dudley Stock

13

12

13

38

14

GBR 3069

Slinky

Ian Hudson

17/DNC

6

17/DNC

40

15=

GBR 3561

Wight Dragon

Mark Irons

17/DNC

17/DNC

17/DNC

51

15=

GBR 3010

Sbeed

Toby Litton

17/DNC

17/DNC

17/DNC

51

 

Class 6

Provisional Results

Rank

Sail No

Name

Helm

Hcap

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Nt Pts

 

1

GBR 39R

Magnum III

Andrew Pearce

1.193

1

1

1

2

5

 

2

GBR 9181R

Chaos

Mark Lloyd

1.172

2

2

2

1

7

 

 

There are 8 races scheduled in this series.

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