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Day 2 of the China Cup International Regatta
The biggest boat at the China Cup, Frank Pongís 75-footer Jelik, won the first race of IRC A by a massive margin, profiting from her ability to cross the finish line before the wind shut down soon afterwards. HuaAn Sailing Team, a McConaghy 38 co-skippered by Li Qing and Dominic Law, finished 2nd but almost 10 minutes behind on IRC corrected time.

However, in the next two races HuaAn Sailing Team didnít put a foot wrong, taking both next races to move ahead in the overall standings at the halfway stage of the regatta.

In IRC B, Tonny Chunís Talkinghead won two heats, while yesterdayís winner of the Simpson Passage Race, Whiskey Jack, finished 2nd to Talkinghead, albeit by just three seconds on corrected time in one race. As punishment for failing to start with sufficient daring and courage, Whiskey Jackís skipper Nick Southward was presented with a set of heavy marble balls. The idea is that Southward has now been equipped with the balls to shoot off the start line with more gusto tomorrow. In IRC C, the battle of the Daytripper dayboats, Xie Junís China Spirit holds a marginally better set of scores than Yuan Yu Hai, steered by Swedish former Volvo Ocean Race skipper Anders Lewander.

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