Barlo Plastics Wins Opening Regatta
With early morning rain squalls bringing vicious shifting winds across the bay in Palma, the race committee wisely decided to keep the fleet ashore until the weather had settled on the final day of this first regatta in the Clean Marine Winter Series.
By early afternoon conditions were down to a more reasonable 18-22 knots and the sun had returned. With time for just one more race, Barlo Plastics' performance on the two previous days was enough to ensure the British boat, could not be beaten.
La Casera won the start and with Faster K-Yote 2 went to the left side of the course. Faster K-Yote 2 lead at the the first mark followed by La Casera and Babbalaas. On the downwind leg the three boats tried to overtake one another, each putting in several gybes. By the upwind mark Babbalaas and Bounder had overtaken the French boat who then tried to force a passage inside Barlo Plastics at the mark. The on-water jury immediately penalised Faster K-Yote 2 forcing her to take a 720¡ turn letting penalty letting Investor in too. From "hero to zero" they finished last in a race won by La Casera ahead of Babbalaas and Bounder.
The next leg of the CMWS is scheduled from the 16 to 18th of February 2001 in Palma de Mallorca.
1 Barlo Plastics 4 pts
2 Babbalaas 11pts
3 SEB 12 pts
4 La Casera 14 pts
5 Faster K-Yote 15 pts
6 Bounder 18 pts
7 Aifos 24 pts