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Rán defends a slim lead

Ian Roman
2018 FAST40+ Race Circuit – Round Two
Day Two International Paint Poole Regatta
The second day for Round Two of the FAST40+ Circuit was delayed due to unstable wind, but two windward-leeward races were held in the afternoon. In light and at times shifty breeze, Niklas Zennstrom’s Swedish Carkeek designed Rán nailed the first race of the day. Tony Dickin’s Farr designed Jubilee scored an impressive second place, over a minute ahead of Ker40+ Pace, helmed by Niall Dowling. Andrew Pearce, President of the International Paint Poole Regatta, driving Ker40+ Magnum4, will be delighted with his fourth place for the race, just 17 second ahead of Mike Bartholomew’s South African Tokoloshe II. In the second race of the day, Stewart Whitehead’s Carkeek MkIII Rebellion took an impressive victory by just under a minute on corrected time from Tokoloshe II. Pace continued their consistent form, taking third, just 30 seconds ahead of Jubilee.
PRO Peter Saxton summed up the day’s play. “ We had to wait for the breeze to settle, and we set two relatively square courses, all things being considered. However, for the second race, the wind had shifted to the south, meaning more cross-tide in the deeper water. Rán literally ran away with the first race winning by some distance, but in the second both Rán and Girls on Film chose to get above the tide, and may have got the wrong side of a shift.”
After five races, and with the discard kicking in, Rán has taken the lead by three points from Girls on Film, which is level on points with Pace. Two more races are scheduled for the final day of racing for Round Two of the FAST40+ Circuit.

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