George Kenefick in the lead in Chimp after seven races
The 38 strong fleet assembled in Cowes for the 2011 Half Ton Classic Cup, supported by South Boats, are certainly enjoying exciting and varied condition racing. The entry list represents a true cross section of the original Half Ton fleet with the oldest boat being the 1977 Davidson designed Waverider, owned by A Delvaus of Belgium, a double winner of the Half Ton Cup in 1978 and 1979 when skippered by Laurie Davidson himself. The newest boat in the fleet is the 1992 Caccerelli designed Per Elisa, owned by Britain’s Robbie Tregear, which was the last of the grand prix Half Tonners ever built, launching in 1992.
George Kenefick of Royal Cork Yacht Club is helming Michael Kershaw’s Chimp and is leading the series on 18 points. Seven races have been sailed, one discard has been applied and race 4 around the Isle of Wight counted for double points. This race was not discardable. His nearest rival is defending champion Phillipe Pate’s General Tapioca (BEL) on 29 points and in third place Tim and David Cunliffe’s Insatiable (GBR) on 40 points. The sole Irish entry David Cullen in King One is lying in eleventh position on 66 points and had an excellent win in race 7 today.
Racing continues tomorrow (Thurs) with races 8, 9 and 10 scheduled and the regatta concludes on Friday 26th with the final two races of the series scheduled for that day.