ADAM Gosling, who won Black Group overall last year, was on form again today (Sunday), with a win in class 2.
Sailing on the smallest boat in the fleet, his Corby 36 'Yes!’, the Cowes skipper said it was a challenging but exceptionally good competition.
He said: "The conditions and the course were perfect for us today and the team worked hard in the shifty conditions to achieve our top result."
In the First 40.7 class, Pete Newlands’ 'Anticipation’ started in pole position, at full pace towards the committee boat end of the line.
While this put him closer to the boat immediately astern, 'Britannia Lancelot,’ Newlands was able to maintain an advantaged lee bow position after the start and came out ahead when they both tacked towards the north shore.
However, it was Paul McNamara and Tony Lowe’s 'Incognito’ that crossed the finish first, almost two minutes ahead of 'Anticipation’.
In class 4, David Franks’ JPK10.10 'Strait Dealer’ was first across the finish, but long-time rival in this class – Peter Scholfield’s HOD 35 Zarafa – finished just 73 seconds later to take first place on corrected time.
Elsewhere, UKSA’s 'Albatross 2’ won class 0 with the Downer family’s 'Moonlight’ taking top spot in the Etchells.
Giles Peckham continued his dominance in the 'Darings’ with another bullet to make it two out of two. Anthony Balme's 'Dynamite' finished second ahead of 'Defender' (J. Preston, R. Laird, P. Morton).
Yesterday’s Dragon winner, Cowes sailor Gavia Wilkinson-Cox, finished third behind Graham Bailey’s 'Aimee’ and Martin Payne’s 'Full Speed’, while George Greenwood’s 'Rosetta’ won the Redwings.
In the Sonar class, Alistair Barter and Ed Suckling’s 'Bertie’, along with Andy Cassell’s 'Jenny’, were in the strongest stream close to the outer limit mark.
At the gun, both immediately bore away and hoisted spinnakers, with 'Jenny’ getting away cleanly ahead of the fleet.
By the finish, 'Bertie’ was ahead of 'Jenny' by more than two minutes, with Robert Pearce’s 'Hibiscus’ second.