The Philosophers Club's Early Lead under Threat

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YACHTING: World champion Sydney helmsman Peter Sorensen and his experienced crew on The Philosophers Club are under a serious threat to surrender the lead in the Meridian Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week IRC class championship.

The 2008 Audi Australian IRC champions seemed poised to set up a strong win after they gained a perfect 1-1 result when they showed their tactical experience of racing in the stronger winds which prevailed during the first two races.

But their hope of maintaining a stranglehold on the prestigious championship trophy came crashing down when The Philosophers Club failed to produce a competitive boat speed in the light windward/leeward races on Pioneer Bay.

C[pounds sterling]We have never been known to race well in winds below 12 knots and that showed when The Philosophers Club struggled to be competitive finishing with a below par 6-4, a disappointed Peter Sorensen said.

They were simply no match for the cleverly sailed Victorian yacht Nutcracker which forced her way back into contention when her clever skipper, Rob Davis, revelled in the challenge to claim two impressive race wins. …