Monday, May 7, 2012

No Taming Those Wild Aussie Tigers At Top Of The Gulf

It’s starting to sound a little like that annoyingly boppy Britney Spears song. ‘Ooops I Did It Again’ for Easy Tiger Racing who are on fire on The Ferret in the Platu class vying for the Coronation Cup at the Top Of The Gulf Regatta in Thailand.
Photo: Marine Scene Asia
“Yup we did it again. Full moon street party last and made our curfew. The moon was very cool, so close and apparently the closest in 823 years if you’re into astronomy,” Skipper Chris Way said after racking up another day of consistent results on the water.

In an oscillating 10-15 knot breeze the wishes the team offered to the moon last night worked a treat and today the Tigers racked up a second, a bullet and another second in the three windward/leeward races sailed.
Photo: Marine Scene Asia
“Our closest rival Rolf Heemskerk on Nataya managed a first, second and third so we gained a point and lead the regatta overall by five points. However, this is where the drops come into play and he has a six versus our five to drop so I think that would make us ahead by four points,” Way explained.

Naiad skippered by Chai Weiguo won the last race of the day after clocking a ninth and a fifth in the day’s earlier races and remains in third overall. Chomping at the bit to climb onto the podium is fellow Aussie Ian Short on Short Time currently in fourth overall.
Photo: Marine Scene Asia
“It’s very close and tactical racing and Rolf and ourselves seem to have the speed edge advantage over the fleet but not by very much.”

But the Tiger’s elation was short lived. After coming straight off the water Way learnt that a protest had been lodged against him by Heemskerk. After scoring a second on the water in the day’s first race conflicting radio calls and flags meant that the Ferret powered by Easy Tiger Racing was scored an OCS (on course side) for being over the start line early, however Way and his crew didn’t think this was the case and continued racing.

They were deemed to be materially disadvantaged and received a redress to sixth. With his extensive race management experience Tom Spithill represented Team Tiger in the protest room and did a sterling job.

“The outcome of this means we are tied on points with Nataya. It’s all going to come down to the final two races so it will be thrilling,” Way said.

Lulu Roseman

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