Wet and Black leads by one point at 1720 Europeans in St Malo 8/9/06

After the frustration of a shortened programme on day 1 of the Murphy & Nye 1720 European championship, followed by a fogged out day 2, the 1720 sailors in St Malo were delighted to resume battle yesterday.

The slow moving high produced a day of sunshine and a 10-18 knot northerly breeze that moved to the north-east during the day. PRO Jean Journe amended the schedule to four races, instead of the previously planned three, and took the fleet out to the western race area for the first time.

The first race of the day, race 3 of the regatta, was won by the Scott’s in King Quick, the defending champions. King Quick having been initially crossed by a few boats, moved in to the lead by the first mark and led to the finish, runners up were Conor Clarke and Dermot Crean aboard Wow, who have Jamie Lea on the tiller with Bart Simpson calling the shots. Third was Anthony O’Leary’s Wet and Black.

Race 4 saw a major wind shift bringing the whole fleet into the top mark in a very tight bunch, popping out of the confusion in the lead were Wow who led the fleet home followed by Goacher Sails and Dark Side helmed by The UK’s new offshore endurance expert Rob Larke. Wet and Black were dumped out the back door and finishing 15th, whilst fellow Cork based boat Mariners Cove, scored their first top five result.

The Wet and Black team regained their composure in race 5 taking the bullet, Go Ferret who had led at mark 1 having fallen foul of the Black Flag along with Wow .

Race 6 victory went to Goacher Sails, winning the favoured pin end at the start, they were able to cross the fleet after a few minutes and went on to build a good lead. David Greenhalgh’s G & T making good use of wind shifts, closed the lead on the second beat, Goacher then extended downwind.

Six races with six different winners, the Irish on Wet and Black lead going in to the last day by one point from King Quick with Goacher Sails in third. The final two races are due to take place this morning.