Another exciting race - although conditions at both Cowes and Torquay were flat, the sea in between was far from it, and there would be no record breaking run's this year.
In its first race, Vector Martini - Peter Dredge and Simon Powell - led into Torquay - a time of 1 hour 35 minutes (average speed 66mph). They were closely followed by Smokin Aces - Chris Dodge and Nick Dodge - four minutes behind, and Silverline - Drew Langdon and Ali Langdon - a further four minutes behind. Hot Lemon - Darran Mellish and David Simcox - was the first rib to finish in fourth on a time of 1 hour 51 minutes with Birretta Due - Thomas Vandamme and Jean Pierre Neels - 7 minutes behind.
Chatting to Thomas Vandamme on the harbourside at Torquay he explained that they experienced some technical problems when their engine management system went into "safe" mode which deprived them of vital horsepower. He was hoping that no damage had been done and that they could re-boot the electronics so that they had full horsepower for the return leg to Cowes. He was happy with the way the boat was handling the conditions and seemed to think that third may be achievable with the wind behind them. Birretta Due was competing in the race for the seventh time.
On the return leg to Cowes, Vector Martini quickly established a lead again over Smokin Aces which grew steadily. Team Barwood - Richard Bowen and Charlie Williams-Hawkes - were the big improvers - finishing third (they were sixth in the first leg) This was enough to give them third overall - Silverline dropping to seventh overall after developing problems on the return leg.
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