After the first scheduled day of racing was abandoned, miserable conditions greeted the fleet on day two, with a northerly wind of 20 knots with rain and squalls forecast. However the wind died as the boats lined up, but after a delay and general recall, the opening race finally got underway with Luca MODENA and Michele MARCHESINI (ITA) taking the bullet. With the forecasted 20 knots filling in during the second race, SCHEIDT and PRADA took the gun.
Race 4 Action
Brad NICHOL (USA), crewing for World Champion Hamish PEPPER (NZL) takes up the story for race 4, 'The wind picked up to a solid 22 knots and we decided to start at the boat end. We hit the line with speed and out-hiked the boats around us to get clear air off the line. We had a good battle with Robert SCHEIDT and Xavier ROHART up the first leg and made it to the weather mark in first. On the first reach SCHEIDT caught us quickly and passed us to leeward and ROHART snuck in at the jibe mark. On the second reach we battled with ROHART, meanwhile SCHEIDT slipped away into the distance.
'We held position the rest of the way around the course and only once looked like we had enough leverage to pass the two leaders. We crossed the line, wet, tired, but in third place.'