Lea claims a second series

PUBLISHED: 10:29 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

SAILING: Following his victory two weeks ago in the XV Prince Henry - The Navigator Trophy, at Cascais Portugal, Exmouth yachtsman Jamie Lea has won the XIII King Juan Carlos I Trophy held at the same venue.

SAILING: Following his victory two weeks ago in the XV Prince Henry - The Navigator Trophy, at Cascais Portugal, Exmouth yachtsman Jamie Lea has won the XIII King Juan Carlos I Trophy held at the same venue.

Lea was sailing with the regular team of Danish tactician Clause Hoj Jenson and owner Len Jones, aboard his boat Rumours.

Unlike the previous regatta, this event is included in the ranking series and is the first one of the 2008 season.

Conditions varied for the seven races, from a fickle force 2 on day one, to force five and six on day three. The leader from day one was top professional Vincent Hoesch of Germany, helming for owner Patrick Monterio Barros aboard his boat Etc.

Hoesch held the lead going into the last race, with Rumours back in fourth having had to retire with gear failure in race five, and seemingly out of contention.

However, in the final race, the Rumours team, knowing a win was the only option for victory, stormed off the start line and crossed the finishing line clear of the fleet in first.

Hoesch, who only needed to finish in the top six to take the title, had a disastrous race. After a bad start, he dropped further down the fleet when a tactical gamble failed. With his main rivals in the top five, and any chance of winning gone, he retired to finish fourth overall.

"I thought our chances of winning had gone when our runner broke in race five," said a jubilant Lea after the prize giving.

"But after a good result in race six we found we were only four points off the lead going into the seventh and final race. We decided to give it our best shot and go for the win, which we hoped might be good enough to give us a podium finish, but we thought first was a long shot.

"I can feel for Vincent, to lead from day one and then to lose it on the last race is a real heartache. But as any competitive sailor will tell you, 'that's sailing!"

Lea switches to the Melges 24 for his next event. This is the first of the Volvo series held every year in different Italian venues. Scarilino is the first and commences today (Thursday).

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