The fourth and penultimate race weekend of the Stanley Gibbons Investment Series got underway with twelve teams taking part in less than desirable conditions caused by winds reaching force 4-5.
V8 Diablo Racing, Dave Corbet and Kerry Le Patourel stormed to victory, completing each lap of the Havelet course in an average of just 3.5 minutes.
V3 It Wasn’t Us, (Martyn Roberts and Tim Abbott), followed Corbet’s Ocke Mannerfelt transom around the course and are now guaranteed top spot in the V24 Class Championship for 2016 having scored a total of 90 points so far with no chance of being caught before the end of the season.
Club Class 2
Jai Rive and Kirsty Savident in Grey Sea battled against Pierre Petit and stand in navigator Paul Etasse in Kalypso.
Etasse, a UIM Silver Medal winner in Norway, took the runners up spot again with Grey Sea taking the win and securing the overall Championship for Club Class 2 with one event still to go.
Club Class 3
Close racing was had with brothers Gareth and Matt Keast in -The Governor taking the lead early on and never relinquishing it, closely followed by Mark Terry and Sue Cosgrave in B88 Dirty Deeds.
B22 Bad Influence – Chris Bates and Jon Le Page kept rival crews in their sights, finishing third in class only a minute behind.
Patrick and Phil Dewe in Z-27 Dewpacabra stole victory after fighting hard with Bill Gladstone and Quentin Petit in Z-121 Me Too!
The two teams were just 16 seconds apart.
After missing the Oyster turn mark a time penalty of 1 minute was later applied to Z-121.
Katie Sauvarin and Ben Backhouse in Money Monster had a tough time in the rough water although ballast and trim issues didn’t stop them claiming third overall.
Club Class 1
The recently restored yellow ArgoCat, ‘Jubbly’ of Hugh Donnelly and Matt Kershaw were level on points with John Richardson’s Phantom Easy Emily going into the weekend.
Richardson’s co-driver, Nathan Ward, who has worked on Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s boats for a good few years was slightly surprised that a melted piston would give the upper hand to Donnelly and Kershaw in the ageing catamaran.
Weather conditions remained very similar to Saturday and all 12 entrants made it to the start line.
V3 and V8 made light work of the start run picking their way through the start run to enter Havelet Bay in first and second.
Both crews were ‘stuck’ together throughout the early part of the race with only 2 seconds separating them until lap 5 when V8 suffered a split steering hose, ending their race and allowing V3 to take the win and valuable points.
Club Class 2
Grey Sea was up against Kalypso again.
Pierre Petit swapped his co-driver from the previous day, Paul Etasse (first of the losers in a 2016 UIM 3A World Championship) to a 2016 UIM Gold Medal winner, Barry Culver.
Culver’s presence in the boat didn’t help, GPA Officials noticed excessive engine movement on Kalypso as the team entered Havelet Bay and had no choice but to present the team with a black flag.
Grey Sea crossed the line and picked up maximum points.
Club Class 3
B88 Dirty Deeds had an oil fault which forced the engine to shut down twice and the team to retire.
This allowed The Governor, who were chasing down faster boats ahead of them, to take Club Class 3 honours.
Newcomers Chris Bates and Jon Le Page in B-22 – Bad Influence placed in a worthy second.
Dewpacabra took the lead and staying there with Me Too! (above) fighting hard behind to try catch them.
Money Monster followed in 3rd place having fixed the problems that plagued them in Saturday’s race.
Club Class 1
Easy Emily managed to make the start line after working tirelessly following the previous day’s race to perform an engine swap.
Before completing the first lap however the crew were faced with another engine issue which resulted in retirement for the second race in a row.
Meanwhile, with half of the race complete, 1-86 Jubbly just had to finish to secure 1st place points.
All was going well until lap 6 when the skeg on the gearbox snapped off causing Hugh Donnelly to lose all drivability at high speed.
This resulted in extremely slow lap times for the bright yellow catamaran but after a grueling 54 minutes they finally completed the race and secured a well-deserved win and extend their lead in the Club Class 1 Championship.
The Fifth and final race weekend of 2016 Stanley Gibbons Investment Series takes place on October 8th and 9th.
Racing is due to start at 10.15am
Photos: Martin Gray / guernseysportphotography.com