Waking to thunder and lightning indicated Day 3, with three races to run, would be no less miserable – the talk around the breakfast tables at Coene’s was for a crew boycott. Always one to gauge the mood, the RO said there’d be just one race so boats would get a drop.
Mutiny averted, the race started in squally rain and you’d be lucky to see a ferry before it hit you. Huey played one last trick and served up a hole between the start and the first mark, which had the back of the fleet overtaking some of the front runners. Things settled down to more or less normal, but there was everything to play for in the Young 88 fleet. Danger Zone trailed both 88% Proof and Whistler III at the bottom mark, but by the top mark Proof was in front of Whistler. Down to the bottom one last time, then a long beat to the finish. Proof continued to extend while Danger Zone chewed into Whistler’s lead. Whistler underlaid the finish mark while Danger was making it. Whistler made a couple of quick tacks but still had Danger inside, to leeward, and overlapped. A bit of luffing, but Whistler had it.
In the tally up, Airship won the top Regatta prize on PHRF and was also awarded the Ross Telford Memorial Trophy.
St Laurence claimed overall Line Honours and the General Handicap win. Whistler III and Danger Zone were double tied, and the decider was the placing in the last race – Whistler III won the Young 88 Trophy by a whisker.