Race 6 of the Marlborough Sounds Marinas Spring Twilight Series featured stronger than forecast easterlies enabling Race Officer Mike Underwood to set a longer course for the fleet. With the breeze remaining firm and consistent across the race period the opportunity was there for skippers and crew to show that their performances in race 5 were more than a one-off.
In Division 3, Mark and Sue Altoft’s Davidson 35 Entertainer took line honours ahead of previous series leader Trevor and Linda Thompson’s Lotus 10.6 Key Largo 4 seconds clear of Buce and Sandy Lock’s Lotus 10.6 Sea Fox in third. On corrected time Alex Soper’s Hanse 345 Our Girl took the win just two seconds clear of Vanquish with Entertainer taking the final step on the podium twelve seconds behind Vanquish. These results move Entertainer back to the top of the table ahead of Key Largo with Third Wave moving to third, pushing Ricochet down to fourth.
Division 2 line honours went to Richard Coon’s Hanse 400 Raconteur from Ron and Liz Ives’ Lidgard 35 MacIntosh with the Nicky Jenkins/Paul Skelton owned On Appro third on line. Once the handicaps were applied, Series leader Olmari, Kerry Kirk’s Lotus 9.2 took the win from Ralph and Michelle Rosthorn’s Lidgard 32 Bavaria, Raconteur finishing third on corrected time. These results consolidated the position at the top of the table for Olmari ahead of Matt Michel on Bump n’ Grind with Andrew Wilson’s Farr 1104 Rapport remaining third on the table.
Continuing their perfect line honours run, Satellite Spy, Matt Kerr’s Ross 40 was comfortably clear of Bob and Jennie Crum’s J120 Bluebird with Ash Davey’s Northern Rebel completing the podium. With handicaps applied Bluebird emerged victorious on the night ahead of Satellite Spy with Clive Ballett’s Farr 1020 Coup D’Etat third. On the series table Aaron Blackmore’s Young Rocket Oldsmobile leads the series from Bluebird and Flying Fox just 7 points back.