Over the line, the Hoek designed Firefly took line honours for the second time, it was quite a sight to see all the superyachts running down wind towards the finish line just behind the magnificent J’s.
“Another fantastic day out,” said Melle Boersma, the helm aboard Tulip “it was a little lighter than we would have liked, but a good opportunity for us to practice our sail handling - we are a new boat with a new crew so are on a steep learning curve, but we are having fun and today was the best day out by far!” Tulip may not be placing so well in the standings but definitely making up for it on shore by winning the finals of the Boat Blow competition organised by Jongert.
The J’s finished up their third race of the regatta and their first coastal race – Hanuman unfortunately was over the line at the start and was scored with an OCS. Lionheart however, had a fantastic day on the water leading from the first mark, “the Owner helmed his best race ever,” said Bouwe Bekking, the tactician aboard. Results over the line saw Lionheart first, Ranger second, followed by Velsheda and Rainbow. This changes the overall standings, with Lionheart leading by one point from Ranger and two points from Hanuman.
There is a great atmosphere on the dock this evening, with plenty of smiling faces aided by the Happy Hour sponsored by North Sails. Thanks also to Bodegas Ferrar for providing fine local wine during this event.
Tomorrow will be the final day of racing, there is all to play for with Heartbeat, P2, Atalante – on equal points – in addition to Maria Cattiva and Highland Breeze – again on equal points - in the running for the Bent Cleat Trophy.