Randy Smyth and his crew aboard Tommy Hilfiger won both races in the second day of the Volvo Extreme 40 regatta
Tommy Hilfiger won both races at the second day of the Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix series in Sanxenxo yesterday. Skipper Randy Smyth and his crew were in great form in the light airs and were the boat to beat.
A light breeze, calm waters and a cloudy sky was the setting for the second day of this special event, that is part of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006. At the start of the first race yesterday everyone, except the Holmatro skippered by Mitch Booth, chose to sail away on portside.
The crew of Volvo Ocean Race team Pirates of the Caribbean looking as spectators Tommy Hilfiger had better boat speed and sailed away from the fleet. The team of Carolijn Brouwer, who won all three races on Sunday finished second. At the finish it was hard to see who ended third or fourth, Holmatro or Conrad Humphreys´s Motorola. Eventually the jury decided that Holmatro, was third with only one second to spare. ´Basilica´, which did not race yesterday because of a collision at the first start, could not do better than finish fifth.
The first lap second race yesterday could have been written by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Tension from the first till last moment with extremely close racing. At the first buoy, when all five 40-footers were tacking right after each other, Basilica, from skipper James Grant, was the only boat which gybed and choose portside of the race course. The rest continued on starboard. Basilica and Tommy Hilfiger were neck on neck at the second buoy, Basilica hit the buoy and Hilfiger took its chance to escape. Nobody could overtake Hilfiger anymore. At the finish Randy Smyth and his crew extended their lead from the rest of the fleet.
Holmatro, with skipper Mitch Booth, finished second. The last three catamarans did not finish because they could not complete the race within the time limit.