According to the local weather forecast, the wind would set in at 1400 hours local time and it did. The race committee put in a short course of 3/4 of a mile, since they had to catch up on the racing schedule. Four teams were early over the line.
Ingo DELIUS, Belgian and German Hobie 16 Champion 2005 explained, 'Today's strategy was to have a good start and we did. We had clean air, went outside and tacked at the right time, not too far out.' They rounded the weather mark in first position, followed by the Americans and the Brazilian team of Ricardo NAVARRO and Mequias QUEIROZ. DELIUS recalls, 'It was very tough to defend our place, because the Americans are very good sailors. The wind dropped already on the first beat. We went from double trapeze to floating. It picked up a little bit on the way down to the finish. That is why we gibed twice, because we wanted to go to the other boats that were further out on the ocean. They had more pressure.'
Enrique FIGUEROA and Carla MALATRASI from Puerto Rico, yesterday's winners, came back from a ninth to a fourth place.
When DELIUS and WIESE-DOHSE left Germany for the Hobie 16 Worlds in South Africa, their goal was a top ten position. DELIUS remarked, 'We had a bad race yesterday, so it will be hard. But the score between us and the French boys Cédric and Yann is tied. We beat them in France and they won the Europeans in Germany. We read on the internet that they are aiming for a top five result here, so we actually have to do the same.'
A 30 knots wind has been reported from Cape Town, about 650 kilometers to the south. It is heading down to Port Elizabeth and will probably arrive tomorrow morning. The windy city will once again live up her name.
Semi Final Top Ten After One Race
(only one fleet has completed race two - so results show only race one)
|1||PUR||Enrique FIGUEROA||Carla MALATRASI||1||1|
|1||RSA||Shaun FERRY||Michele LE SUEUR||1||1|
|3||FRA||Rudolph CHICHEMANIAN||Christian BRUGES||2||2|
|3||FRA||Thomas RICHARDS||Moana TRANKCART||2||2|
|5||FRA||Cédric BADER||Yann MONTOYA||3||3|
|5||RSA||Paul LAGESSE||Tyran KERFORD||3||3|
|7||FRA||Jerome LE GAL||Siret MICKAEL||4||4|
|7||GUA||Juani MAEGLI||Cristina GUIROLA||4||4|
|9||FRA||Christophe Renaud DE MALET||Albin ROSSOILIN||5||5|
|9||AUS||Tim SHUWALOW||Cameron HOOPER||5||5|
Qualifier Top Ten Results
|1||TAH||Teiva VERONIQUE||Kaya GUILLAIN||1||2||3|
|2||RSA||Andrew WARD||Steve ARNOLD||4||1||5|
|3||NZL||Fletcher WARREN||Georgia MYERS||2||3||5|
|4||ITA||Mark LARUFFA||Joshua SELIG||2||4||6|
|5||FRA||Alban BRUNO||Jean BERNAZ||1||6||7|
|6||AUS||Shane PETERSON||Jesse DOBIE||4||3||7|
|7||FRA||Maxime CLERCQ||Yoann BONTE||7||1||8|
|8||BRA||Bernardo ARNDT||Bruno OLIVEIRA||2 (RDG)||8||10|
|9||BRA||Carlos AZEVEDO||Daniel AZEVEDO||6||5||11|
|10||RSA||Robert ARCHIBALD||Paula ARCHIBALD||10||2||12|