Philippines. Centennial evens overall President's Cup score with Karakoa
Russian Farr 43 Carrera. Photo Marty Rijkuris
Photo: Russian Farr 43 Carrera. Photo Marty Rijkuris - click picture to enlarge
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Friday, 21 April 2006
Capt Marty Rijkuris:

A brilliant 15-18 knot North Easterly greeted the sailors on the third day of racing. This gave the bigger yachts a chance to stretch their legs and kept the smaller boats hot on their tails. Never far of the pace is Judes Echauz's Sydney 46 Centennial and Ray Ordoveza's Excel 53 Karakoa who have shared the honours so far. This time round it was Centennial by twenty three seconds from Karakoa to even up the overall score with two wins and two seconds a piece. Robert Knight's Drumstick came in a close third which elevates him to third overall for the time being. The two scheduled windward/leeward races on tomorrows final day will become the deciding factor for the overall podium positions.

In the Cruiser Racer Class Claudio Altura's J 35 Vivaldi broke George Hackett's J35 Jo de Ros strangle hold on the class by a mere three seconds. Five yachts crossed the finish line within a minute of each other after two and a half hours of racing. After handicaps have been applied Allan Burrell's Farr 1104 Rags claimed third spot and sits in third place overall behind the two J 35's.

The Russians were at it again G-strings and all. Although the time difference is coming down and despite prematurely starting Mikhailov Ahexey on his Farr 43 Carrera scored their third victory in a row. Edwin Almeda's Yamaha 36 Manta has consistently scored second place to be second overall. This time Peter Sharpe's Beneteau First 31.7 Selma/SBYC Sags regained third spot to clamber back into third place overall.

Coming into tomorrow’s final day of racing a duel is expected between the two professional helmsmen Jamie Wilmot and Steve Benjamin to sort out the racing class podium positions. George Hackett will need to have some thing really untoward happen to lose the Cruiser Racer Class and the Russians have sewn up the PY class and kept everyone entertained along the way.

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