In the second race of the day, the wind increased to about 28 knots. 138 of 175 competitors finished the 10,5 mile long race within the 30 minute time limit after the first boat. Two more boats came in a little later after recovering from capsizes. This indicates the high standard even of the back fleet. The average speed around the course was 7,5 knots.
More strong breezes are forecast for tomorrow. Since HUNGER/JESS had boat speed difficulties in these conditions today, the three boats behind them still have a chance to win the championship in the ninth and final race. Due to finishing tenth in race no. 8, HUNGER/JESS will be the pathfinder boat at the gate start tomorrow. This can be a disadvantage if the left side of the beat is favored.
Top Ten After Eight Races
(Two discards, protests pending)
1. HUNGER/JESS (GER) 20 pts.
2. MARTIN/FALSONE (USA) 31
3. SCHEDER-BIESCHIN/GÖRGE (GER) 32
4 SAUGMANN/ RAMSBAEK (DEN) 36 .
5. IVEY/ILLIDGE (USA) 43
6. KELLNER/STAMMERJOHANN (GER) 46
7. LEHMANN/SCHÖLER (GER) 46
8. HAMLIN/LEWIS (USA) 46
9. BEECKMANN/NELSON (USA) 49
10. SCUTSCHER/DIEBITSCH (GBR) 64