Close racing in classic conditions

Close racing in classic conditions

Day three saw classic conditions at Quantum Key West with 20kts of wind from the north east allowing the sea state to build sufficiently for some thrilling down wind sleigh rides.

The Farr 400 class saw a change in fortunes within the fleet as the pecking order that had been established during the previous races was  shaken up, a clear indication of how close the racing is in this class.

In the first race Hannes Waimer's early lead, and indeed the team's day of racing, came to an abrupt end after Team Premier hit a lobster pot with their rudder while doing 18 knots downwind. The collision broke the rudder as the boat slewed up into the breeze. No one was hurt in the incident but the damage forced Team Premier out of the remainder of the series.

The first race was won by George Collins' Chessie Racing with W.S. Shelhorse's Meridian X taking second place.

The second race of the day saw the sea state build as the tide turned to run against the breeze, spicing up the action for the fleet.

In this race it was Rob Ruhlman's Spaceman Spiff that took line honours with Meridian X taking second.

In the HPR class Santa, helmed by Jesper Bank, found their earlier form again and took an impressive second in the punchy conditions.

Thursday's racing sees a slight moderation in conditions. The close competition however shows every sign of being as tight as it has been all week.

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