Pryde and Ellis take top honours
WIZARD and High Flyer tuned up for this month's China Coast Cup with impressive performances in the Champagne Mumm Port Shelter Regatta yesterday.
High Flyer, Neil Pryde's new Farr-designed Beneteau, won the best in regatta award.
The boat was bought especially for the China Coast Cup and finished in the top two in all three races of the Hebe Haven event over the weekend.
It could not be placed at Channel Handicap System or Portsmouth Yardstick System as it has not yet acquired a handicap in Hong Kong.
Steve Ellis bought IMX38 Wizard for the same reason as Pryde and ran away with the overall CHS prize.
Wizard won the final race of the series on CHS, which was the Islander Course for the Sealand Trophy.
Avocet took the PYS overall award for the MIL Trophy, while Eclipse won yesterday's final race for the Samurai Plate.
Said race commodore Gerry Daughton: ''High Flyer does not have a handicap. But it did so well we gave it the best in regatta award.'' Mazel Tor won the best Dragon award while Handicapt took the Epiglass Plate for the best Impala.
Dexter took the X-99 Linx Lid title.
Swiss maxi yacht Merit Cup shadowed race leader New Zealand Endeavour as the Whitbread Round The World race fleet headed for the equator and the South Atlantic.
Endeavour, also a maxi skippered by Grant Dalton, regained its race-long lead overnight after a brief spell behind Merit Cup but when the fleet reported positions late on Saturday the Swiss yacht was just seven miles astern.
Japanese yacht Tokio, piloted by New Zealand yachtsman Chris Dickson, held on to third overall and headed the 10 Whitbread-60 class yachts in the 14-yacht fleet.