It was a difficult day on the water. The wind came from every direction and the racing was postponed until 1500 local time. The swimming contest was on again providing some refreshing interlude in the roaring temperatures.
After two general recalls, race four started with 15 knots and a triangle course. The first beat was fair with the top three choosing different options: TRUJILLO repeated Wednesday's tactic on the right of the beat to pass the top mark ahead of WRIGHT, who got just as much breeze on the left corner while Waclav SZUKIEL (POL) got to the top mark in third position after sailing in the middle of the course!
With the wind decreasing to twelve knots the reaches did not offer much chance to pass boats. The racing committee had to shorten the course and finally set the finishing line at the end of the second beat. The top three remained in the same positions. Florian RAUDASCHL (AUT) took fourth place and is in eleventh position overall. He is putting together a good series so far. 'I was finally able to take time off work and train properly to prepare for this regatta,' the Austrian explained. RAUDASCHL took the reins of the family loft four years ago and is coached by one his father's main rivals in the Finn class Christian SCHEINEKER. HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN lost two places on the second upwind finishing fifth.
|The fleet get underway
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The second race of the day had to be cancelled after the wind took a 100 degrees shift on the second upwind leg. Iain PERCY (GBR), who was leading, and HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN in second place were counting on this race, where most of their direct opponents were in very difficult situation. PAPATHANASIOU, TRUJILLO and WRIGHTwere sailing in 50+ positions way down the fleet. The top sailors in this race, while disappointed to miss a good opportunity to gain some valuable points on their rivals, understood the decision of the racing committee.
Chance seems to be finally turning in the favour of Polish junior sailor Piotr KULA. After two earlier disqualifications at the start (a black flag and a disqualification after a collision) the young Pole was the first junior in yesterday's race in 24th place.
Mark ANDREWS (GBR) is still leading amongst the 16 strong junior contingent in 23rd place overall. Henry BAGNALL (GBR) has climbed up the overall ranking to 37th place after scoring a 25th yesterday. Third placed junior Krysztof DABKOWSKI (POL) is in 50th position.
After a long day on the water and sailing back under stormy weather and showers, the sailors enjoyed the 'Tuna on the BBQ' party organized by the Labud Yacht Club. Two Optimists were filled with ice and beer and brightened all the spirits. T. Mobile, the event main sponsor, presented prizes to the race winners so far.
Two races are scheduled for Friday.
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