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16 July 2014, 09:48 am
Flying Dutchman Sailors Enjoy Light Breezes
Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos (HUN) chasing the Germans
Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos (HUN) chasing the Germans

International Flying Dutchman World Championship
Largs, Great Britain

The second day of the 2014 Flying Dutchman World Championships at Largs, Scotland experienced a turnaround in weather after a tough first day.
Light breezes and plenty of sunny intervals made ideal conditions for competitors and boats which had been pounded by wind and rain on day 1.

Two races were run, once round a triangle sausage course shape in both races. The first race had many opportunities on the windward legs with a 12 knot shifty breeze. The wind dropped down to 6 knots for race two picking up slightly towards the end.

After a windy first day many boats benefited from the lighter conditions, with Kay-uwe Ludtke and Kai Schafers (GER) having an excellent score line of third and second in the two races helping them rise to third overall. Hungary's Szabolcs Majthenyi and Andras Domokos who were so dominant on the first day, had to work harder in the lighter conditions, but retain their overall lead.

Also staying consistent at the front were Enno Kramer and Ard Geelkerken (NED) to retain their second place overall. Austria's Christophe Aichholzer and Phillip Zingerle took the win in the second race today, to keep improving with each race, and move up to fifth overall behind the brothers Bojsen Moller, of Denmark.

Italians Nicola and Francesco Vespasiani had a day to remember, winning the first race, and adding a fifth place in the second, sailing themselves into contention with the medals.

Racing among this international gathering from eleven countries worldwide continues on day 3 with another two races.
Alan Henderson
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