Ronaldo may be a great footballer - but a great sailor he isn’t. Following on from 2 weeks ago when he took 35 boats onto the rocks he surpassed himself this time round by falling overboard from no less than 57 of the 60 boats taking part in the Challenge.
Due to the this high number I will not be commenting on any of these but instead just I’m just providing a summary table for each pool which identifies when each of the boats lose the young portuguese wunder-kid, who responds to the SOS call and whether the responses were successful in saving the boats an extra tack.
In some cases there were no boats left to respond and in these cases the Responder column is blank. Full rules on how this is all worked out is contained in the Rules pages and in addition remember a boat only tries to assist if it has the same target waypoint and is not involved in a incident of it’s own.
With all this in mind here’s a quick summary of GW15’s racing (& swimming events).
By the end of the week it was close at the front with The Cooler King, Darlo Queens and Galatasarky within 24Nm of each other. Not far behind were Its Just Not Cricket and Donkeys Ride Again who had also reached the final waypoint and were now heading towards Wellington.
Everything to play for still in this pool.
It was a grandstand finish for the spectator boats around the leg finish line as 3 boats approached them on tack 12. Extremely close racing and when the claxon sounded it was Kelly’s Heroes who made it in ahead of Presti Spudgunners and Robots in Disguise - only being separated by the % of the tack they had used - 51 vs 59 vs 66. So congratulations to skipper SunderlandFan for holding her nerve and gaining the 15 points on offer
One more boat was to finish as At it again crossed the line on the final tack of the week for 12 points.
Ardley Athletic made it look easy as he finished the leg on tack 4 - way ahead of the rest of the pool. Well done skipper squealy who, along with his crew, are making a spirited attempt to retain the title they won last year - 15 points are sure to help in this venture.
Despite of their skippers current disabilities Ajax Hamster Jam was next on tack 12 - followed closely by luckysevens on tack 13. Finally, on tack 14, Förbrytarbeteende IK also came home leaving the remaining 11 boats in this pool to battle for the remaining points next week - although 5th place looks set to go to Family Bereavements as they are only 3Nms short.
Everything still up for grabs in Pool D and the racing at the front is sure to be close with Smoke City, The Drog’s Ballacks and A Smoked Cheese Pig all within 3Nm of each other - the first tack or two of next week will probably settle this.
Good luck to everyone.