Crew make up for time lost in opening race

Warpath made up for lost time in leg one to take top spot in leg two of the Venture Cup prologue race.

It was almost neck and neck all the way from the Fairway Buoy west of the Isle of Wight to Guernsey today (Sunday) after stress of weather forced the opening leg of the race into Poole on Saturday.

This time it was the first day’s early leader, the American entered Warpath of Daryl Grady that led the fleet across the finishing line.

Although conditions were far from calm, organisers made the correct decision to continue the race to the Channel Islands. It proved the right approach with eight of the original ten starters in London reaching Guernsey.

The win was just reward for Warpath after its crew lost vital time refuelling at Brighton during the first leg although various penalties (some due to competitors entering exclusion zones) later moved it up to third place on the overall finishing table.

The German entry of Markus Hendricks aboard Cinzano that won the opening round arrived second in Guernsey and hence is likely to be declared overall leader on elapsed time at this stage when results are finally calculated.

The Scorpion RIB Grey Ghost driven by Paul Glenister enjoyed a close tussle with sister Scorpion Hot Lemon V of Darren Mellish, the latter pipping Grey Ghost at the line to take third place.

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