Despite the best attempts of the Principal Race Officer and the Race Committee, the wind failed to materialize yesterday in Gaeta and so Race 4 of this AUDI Star Class World Championship was abandoned due to a lack of wind.
This race was being sponsored by the Silver Sponsor WIND, and they have graciously consented to offer "Happy Hour" despite the frustrating results of the attempted race.
A decision overnight saw Mark NEELEMAN re-instated in first place for the previous day's race having been initially disqualified for being OCS. Pushing his luck, the canny Dutchman filed a request for redress to the International jury and put up an excellent defence in the protest room. During the protest a line judge was asked whether he could be absolutely sure that Neeleman was over and the dockside gossip suggests that he offered doubt that he was absolutely sure.
Quite rightly the International Jury ruled on the facts presented to them and accepted that there was reasonable doubt in the protest and upheld the request for redress. A number of leading contenders contested that Neeleman was certainly half a boatlength over the line in a pack of premature starters.
This morning, the experienced campaigner Bermudan Peter BROMBY filed a counter protest with Iain PERCY as witness claiming that the decision is flawed and that Neeleman was in fact OCS.
No sailors and officials wait for word from the meteorologists as to whether the posted start at 1100 on today will occur. Some of the Star sailors have abandoned this series although many remain as it will serve to qualify nations seeking an Olympic berth later in the summer.
The big worry is that the six races are completed to qualify the series as a World Championship. Full results are available on the event website at the address below.