Skandia delivers classy display

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 October, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 October, 2004, 12:00am

Grant Wharington's Skandia grabbed the overall lead on day two of the China Coast Regatta with two wins and a second place to show its class in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club-organised event yesterday.

Making amends for its second race mistake after a navigational error caused it to finish ninth after winning Friday's opening race, the super maxi, which won line honours in last year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, is now clear favourite for the title with a day's racing to go.

Racing in a constant 20-25 knot east northeast breeze, Skandia had a much better start than Friday's tentative start to put itself in strong contention for overall honours.

Still, there were some anxious moments for Skandia, which blew its spinnaker in the middle of a run in race five. Frank Pong's Jelik shares top spot with Wharington, but lies second on a countback having been unable to overhaul the super maxi on corrected time.

Neil Pryde's Hi Fidelity also handled the conditions well, returning a third, a second and a first place for the day to lie third overall.

In IRC Division B, overnight repairs allowed Lowell Chang's Dexter to rejoin after scavenging a rig, recording a fourth, third and fourth place, although the performer of the day was RHKYC's first lady commodore, Inge Strompf Jepsen, who claimed a 2-1-3 on her X99.

Fox in Soxs was second overall behind fellow X99 Getafix. Good results were also recorded by Hebe Haven Yacht Club rear commodore, Gault Rice, taking Sigma 38 Struan to 3-2-2 and third overall.

On an expensive day for competitors, Outrageous retired during race three with a failed traveller and and the Fred Kinmonth/Nick Burns-owned Mandrake was forced to retire from race four after blowing both kites.

Paul Bankowski's Kerr 11.3, Jaywalker, trashed her spinnaker in a spectacular broach on the finish line. Struan's Drumstick, Moonblue 2 and Relax all ripped their main-sails.