A light breeze made for a tactical day's racing on the second day of the Hunter 707 nationals on the Solent yesterday

Having waited for the wind to fill in, competitors at the second day of the Hunter 707 nationals at the Royal Southern YC yesterday enjoyed a relatively steady south-easterly Force 2 for races 4,5 and 6.

On the windward/leeward course the fleet split with those on the right benefiting from the favourable tidal stream while those on the right took advantage from more breeze and a lift off the shore. Starborn led by some distance round the windward mark from Muttley and Pocket Battleship.

Places stayed the same down the run and the fleet again split up the next beat. Starborn lost out by going right and Cacciatore took the lead followed by Pocket Battleship.

In race five the fleet got away first time and those hitting left came out in front although there was a tendency to overstand the windward mark. With a strong tide taking boats onto the mark this caused a number of incidents. Code Z led round the windward mark from Betty and Pocket Battleship. Code Z and Betty held their position to the finish, and Black Sheep and The Sweeney came through to fnish third and fourth respectively.

The course in race six was a trapezoid sailed in slightly more breeze. Code Z got away again and led the fleet from start to finish with Betty and Royal Thames fighting it out for second.


Race 4

1st Cacciatore

2nd Pocket Battleship

3rd Muttley

4th Code Z

5th Starborn

Race 5

1st Code Z

2nd Betty

3rd Black Sheep

4th The Sweeney

5th Cacciatore

Race 6

1st Code Z

2nd Betty

3rd Royal Thames

4th Mad Dog

5th Censored