In a hot and glorious day for Race Two of the Superyacht Cup, Oyster 825, Maegan, was first to the weather mark after an hour of racing – there was only one problem – the mark wasn’t there and much to the organisers embarrassment, they had to abandon the race and start again!
In a fading breeze dropping from 15-16 knots down to 8-12 knots, Maegan crew restarted with some trepidation, anxious that their first beat to the ‘vanishing mark’ may not be so easily repeated in lighter airs – they didn’t need to worry. First again to the windward mark, Maegan had height and pace on the first leg and despite a worrying moment with a snagged spinnaker hoist, continued well on the downwind legs to win her class by 3 minutes on corrected time from Gaia – the Spirit 100 built in Ipswich 5-6 years ago.
Guardian Angel – Oyster 885 RS - had a much better day, just being pipped by Gaia by 16 secs into third place. It was very nearly a 1:2 for Oyster!
Overall after 2 races, Maegan is in first place with 4 points, ahead of Clan VIII (the Perini); Blue Too (the Alloy 110) and Gaia (the Spirit 100). It is close and will all be decided tomorrow!!
This is a credit to the new Superyacht handicap rule – Maegan and Guardian Angel are competing in a 9 yacht class made up of a Hoek ’truly classic', a 40m Huisman Bruce King design, a 15 year old 110ft aluminium custom design, a Swan 112 and a 400 tonne Perini - who won the first race.
A balance of results over the first two days is very encouraging and Oyster is making plans to create Oyster events for all the eligible yachts we’ve built over 80ft (nearly 35 yachts) within these Superyacht events.