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30 July 2013, 06:33 pm
Hollandia Strengthens Lead At 8Metre Worlds
Hollandia NED-1
Hollandia NED-1 Leads after 4 races

International 8mR World Championship 2013
Helskinki, Finland

Four races have been completed at the Nordea Private Banking 8mR Worlds in Helsinki, Finland with Hollandia strengthening their lead in the strengthening wind on day two.
Tuesday morning in Helsinki was cloudy and on the island of Liuskasaari, home for the organizing club Helsingfors Segelsällskap, the weather forecast promised strengthening winds and some showers.

Race Committee decided to choose the area G for racing to avoid high waves typical in an easterly wind. This area is to the northern side of Isosaari and covered wind and waves from the open sea. As the fleet approached the race area some minor showers appeared but the air was warm and a steady 16 knot wind was blowing.

The first start of the second day was successful and 27 boats went to the racing course at 11:00. The first boat over the finishing line was Yquem II SUI-2 owned by Jean Fabre after 58 minutes of sailing, followed by Ruud van Hilst's Hollandia NED-1 and Lafayette GBR-2, owned by Murdoch McKillop.

Not so lucky was Elfe II H-9 owned by Andi Lochbrunner who had a man overboard resulting in outside help from the press boat so they got DNF to the results for the race. Fortunately no-one was hurt in the incident.

The second race started with even stronger wind of 20 knots from East at 12.40. Three boats were over the line early - Ilderim FIN-16, Lara FIN-10 and Windy FIN-8. Windy FIN-8 owned by Jyrki Halonen were scored OCS as they did not correct being over the line.

Hollandia NED-1 strengthened his leader position as being the first over the finishing line after 56 minutes racing. Lafayette GBR-2 was the second one, 46 seconds behind and Raven CAN-25 owned by Brian Gooderham was third, 2 minutes and 43 seconds behind from the winner.

There were some technical problems for the boat Anne Sophie GER-15 (owner Hanns-Georg Klein) who finished without their main sail on and for Yquem II SUI-2 who were forced to retire from the race as they needed outer help to get back to the marina.

The racing will continue on Wednesday at 11:00 local time. The wind forecast is not that promising for - weakening winds and major direction change around midday.

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