The 2004 8mR World Championship is currently underway in Geneva, Switzerland. So far four races have been completed by the 29 competitors from seven nations.
The start of the championship was postponed due to the lack of wind but once underway, the show presented by all the fleet was splendid. The modern yachts took the lead very quickly and it was Lafayette who was first to the first mark after only 16 minutes. At the second turn Sarissa was in the lead but by the finish it was Aluette (SUI) who took the bullet.
The vintage class was won by Bona (ITA), the Sira Cup ranking by Froya and Silhouette was the first gaff rigged yacht of its class.
The yachts were sent out early on day two to try and complete a race before the expected major storm blew through. The course was set more than four miles down the lake when the wind finally came in but not before short rain storms and lightning made their appearance. The second start after a general recall got underway but when the fleet reached the top of the second windward leg the wind died and the race was cancelled. No results were posted for Day Two.
Two races were completed on Day Three. The first was won by Gitana Sixty and the second by the title holder Fleur de Lys. Day one winner, Lafayette, finished second in both races to remain at the top of the leaderboard.
In the vintage class Bona cleaned up again with two firsts as did Froya and Silhouette in the gaff rigged class.
Racing was scheduled yesterday at the 8mR World Championships due to the lost day on Monday but had to be delayed due to bad weather. The class General Meeting took place instead in the morning and the decision to race was made at 2.00pm.
The current title holder Fleur de Lys (FRA) won yesterday's race, giving them two consecutive victories to put them in second place overall. At the top of the leaderboard is Dutch boat Lafayette who placed third yesterday.
In the vintage class, the Italian Bona extended their lead after notching up their fourth victory.
Results are available on the 8.mR website via the following link: http://www.8mr.org/racing.asp