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1 August 2013, 08:33 am
Shifty Wind Off Liuskasaari But Hollandia Holds Firm
Downwind with Falcon at the 8mR Worlds

International 8mR World Championship 2013
Helskinki, Finland

A challenging day of shifty wind at the Nordea Private Banking 8mR Worlds in Helsinki, Finland but Hollandia holds the lead with six races now completed.
Third day of the Nordea Private Banking 8mR Worlds started with cloudy sky starting to clear while Race Committee and the fleet were heading to the race area G from the island Liuskasaari, home for the organizing club Helsingfors Segelsällskap.

The race area is in northern side of Isosaari and covered from the open sea winds and waves. While setting the course the wind was blowing 14 knots.

It was challenging both for the sailors and Race Committee to get a successful start for the first race as the wind was shifting a lot and affecting the correct start line. The first sequence was going on to start at 11:00 while wind shifted and right before the start RC raised the AP to wait for the more steady wind. After 20 minutes waiting the line and course were set and the fleet was ready for racing. But probably being anxious to get to the course they caused a general recall and the RC started the next sequence with the black flag.

Being more careful the next attempt was successful with a clear start at 11.27. With wind speed of 12 to 16 knots, the first boat over the finishing line was Hollandia NED-1 owned by Ruud van Hilst after 1 hr and 3 minutes racing. 18 seconds behind was Lafayette GBR-2 owned by Murdoch McKillop followed by Yquem II SUI-2 owned by Jean Fabre.

The start of the second race was 15 minutes after the last boat of the first race was finished. The RC was lucky to start this race in the first attempt even then there were five boats over the line, but all of them corrected their mistake. These boats were Wanda NOR-38, Sira N-33, Silja FIN-9, Sphinx FIN-4 and Astra II RUS-4.

During the racing there was a collision between Katrina FIN-14 owned by Hannu Kahonen and Wanda NOR-38 owned by Magne Brekke at the gate. Wanda retired from the race after this collision and Katrina was disqualified from the race after the protest hearing.

The first boat over the finishing line was Yquem II SUI-2 owned by Jean Fabre after 1 hr and 2 minutes racing followed by Lafayette GBR-2 behind 42 seconds. The third in the finish was Hollandia NED-1 behind 53 seconds from the winner.

After the sixth race was done, the worse score was excluded from boat's series and Hollandia leads overall by two points from Lafayette.

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